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2023/24 season update: Americans scoring, saving goals in Europe

More Americans than ever are playing abroad and growing into roles with teams in top leagues.

While some players are finding their feet at new clubs, others have hit the ground running early this season.

We've listed the top performing Americans from the past week of matches.

Four games, two goals for Pulisic

Pulisic marked his AC Milan debut with a goal just 21 minutes into his first game with the club.

He received the ball just inside the opponents' half, ran toward the box, did a give-and-go with Olivier Giroud, and controlled the return pass amid a crowd of defenders before firing into the far side netting from just outside the box.

Pulisic also scored against Torino on August 26. He made a long run into Torino's box and poked a square pass from Ruben Loftus-Cheek into the back of the net.

Things got worse for him - and his whole team - during the weekend's Milan Derby, where AC Milan lost 5-1 to crosstown rivals Inter.

Pulisic was subbed off 56 minutes into the match, when the score was 2-0.

Matt Turner gets first Forest win

Although Greece's No. 1 goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos, formerly the starter for Benfica, was signed over the summer to rival Matt Turner, the American has held onto his starting position so far.

In his second game for Nottingham Forest, Turner made two saves in a 2-1 win over Sheffield United.

He kept a clean sheet and was named Man of the Match in a 1-0 win over Chelsea on September 2, his best game in the Premier League so far.

He was beaten three times in Forest's 3-2 loss to Manchester United, but Turner wasn't helped by United scoring a penalty and Forest center back Joe Worrall being sent off in the 67th minute.

Josh Sargent's scoring stopped by injury

Josh Sargent started the season as one of the top strikers in the English Championship, but the Norwich City star's lethal form was halted by an injury suffered 14 minutes into Norwich's game against Huddersfield on August 26.

Luckily for Sargent and his teammates, he only needed 11 minutes to get on the scoresheet in that game. But as a result, he missed the United States Men's National Team's friendly matches in September and Norwich has yet to score more than one goal in a game in his absence.

Now 23, Sargent has been on the fringes of the US Men's National Team over the past year, but he has four goal contributions in as many games in this season's English Championship.

Sargent scored in Norwich's 3-1 win against Millwall on Aug. 20. Early in the second half, he rose highest on a free-kick which he headed off the post and into the net to push his team's lead to 2-0.

He added a goal and an assist earlier this month in the second game of the season, a 4-4 thriller against Southampton.

Folarin Balogun off the mark with Monaco

Of the many USMNT players to make transfers this summer, Folarin Balogun's was arguably the highest profile considering the nearly $40 million transfer fee that AS Monaco paid to Arsenal.

He has only played a total of 40 minutes as he came off the bench in his first two matches, but he made a big impact in his second appearance.

Entering the match with less than 25 minutes left, Balogun received a pass from Aleksandr Golovin on the left side of the six-yard box, shifted the ball with his right foot toward the byline, and finished inside the near post with his left foot.

Robinson, Ream key to Fulham's stability

Fulham, nicknamed "Fulhamerica" due to having two Americans in Antonee Robinson and Tim Ream, owe some of their stability to the presence of those two players on the left side of defense.

Ream, a left-sided center back, captains Fulham while left-back Robinson holds down the left flank.

Fulham has suffered a few poor results this season including a 3-0 loss to Brentford and a 5-1 loss to reigning treble winners Manchester City, but Ream scored the lone Fulham goal in the City game and helped his side keep clean sheets against Everton and Luton Town.

Robinson missed the match against Luton with a slight injury, but he should return for a big week of Fulham matches consisting of Crystal Palace in the Premier League on September 23, Norwich in the League Cup on September 27, and Chelsea in a south London Premier League Derby on October 2.

Pepi gaining momentum at PSV

Ricardo Pepi, the 20-year-old American striker, is still making up for lost time from a move that took him from boyhood club FC Dallas in Major League Soccer to FC Augsburg in Germany's Bundesliga.

At Augsburg, Pepi played less than 600 league minutes over two seasons and saw the club relegated. After scoring 12 goals in 29 matches on loan to Netherlands-based club Groningen - the club that brought legendary striker Luis Suarez to Europe - Pepi moved to PSV Eindhoven on a permanent deal.

Pepi has scored one goal in the Dutch Eredivisie so far, and he added another in UEFA Champions League qualifying against Sturm Graz of Austria. 

All three of his Eredivisie appearances have come off the bench, as PSV coach Peter Bosz prefers to start 33-year-old Luuk de Jong.

De Jong has four goals in as many league games, and there are few better strikers for Pepi to learn from as the veteran has played for clubs including FC Barcelona, Sevilla, and Newcastle United.

Mixed fortunes for Weah, McKennie at Juventus

One of Juventus' fans biggest criticisms of manager Max Allegri is his penchant for using players outside their best positions, and Americans Weston McKennie and Tim Weah are no exception.

Both players have received substantial minutes at right wing-back this season. 

While McKennie has at least had some playing time in the central midfield of Allegri's 3-5-2 formation, Weah has found playing time in attack very hard to come by with Federico Chiesa and Dusan Vlahovic taking the majority of the playing time in the two striker positions.

Weah does not have any goal contributions yet in his first 152 league minutes with Juventus. 

McKennie notched his first of the season when he assisted Vlahovic while playing right wing-back when he played a long ball for the striker who finished past the keeper to cap off Juve's 3-1 win over Lazio on September 16.

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