Things were moving on up this week for MNT players here and abroad. Two players struck their first of the campaign while another bagged a brace. Others booked their place in the MLS playoffs or lifted their squads up the ranks in the league table. Take a look at how U.S. Men’s National Team players performed with their clubs during the last week.
We start at midweek where Fabian Johnson scored his first goal of the season for Borussia Moenchengladbach, rescuing a late 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig on Wednesday. In the 84th minute, ‘Gladbach caught the hosts out in transition when Lars Stindle fed Johnson into the box on the right. The U.S. international then cut back to find enough space for a clinical finish inside the lower left post. At the weekend, Johnson was back action, going the distance in a 2-0 win against Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt, taking the Foals up to fourth place in the Bundesliga based on goal differential. Incidentally, they are tied on points with Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt.
WATCH: Fabian Johnson secures 1-1 draw for ‘Gladbach
In MLS, Saturday’s match between Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC offered up plenty of drama. Facing a TFC side that needed just a win to clinch an MLS Cup Playoff berth, Alejandro Bedoya and Philadelphia had other ideas, as the MNT midfielder tallied his first goal for the club with a deft chip from just outside the area to give the Union a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. The second half would see Toronto FC rebound with a dominant performance and after Jonathan Osorio’s 70th minute equalizer, their best chance for three points came 16 minutes later, when Jozy Altidore’s volley clanged off the left post. In the end, other results pushed TFC into the playoffs for the second straight season.
WATCH: Alejandro Bedoya makes the most of his first MLS Goal
In Sunday’s prime clash, Seattle Sounders FC went to LA Galaxy knowing that anything but a win would likely send them to their first early offseason since joining MLS in 2009. Sounders FC responded with a 4-2 comeback win thanks in large part to a brace from Jordan Morris.
After going into the locker room at 1-1, Morris stole the show in the second half, first powering past Galaxy center back Daniel Steres before sending a classy finish past Brian Rowe to make it 2-1 in the 63rd minute. Ten minutes later, Morris chipped for Alvarao Fernandez on the left, who played his header across goal for Nicolas Lodeiro. The Uruguayan’s sliding attempt was saved by Rowe, but Morris was there at the left post to finish the rebound and give Sounders FC the edge they needed for the rest of the match. The win puts Sounders FC just three points back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, with two games in hand on almost everyone above the red line.
WATCH: Morris Brace leads Sounders FC to crucial 4-2 win vs. LA Galaxy
Things continue to heat up in Liga MX, where a double-game week saw Club Tijuana and Pachuca sit first and third respectively at the top of the table. Michael Orozco played 90 minutes in both of Tijuana’s matches this week, a pair of 2-1 wins against Queretaro on Wednesday and at Santos Laguna on Sunday. Paul Arriola was a late-game sub in both matches for Los Xolos (7-1-3), who sit one point clear of Tigres UANL at the top of the table.
Meanwhile, Omar Gonzalez played a combined 171 minutes in Pachuca’s 5-1 win at Monarcas Morelia at midweek and 2-0 victory against Queretaro on Saturday. Los Tuzos (6-3-2) are just four points back of Tijuana with six games left in the Liga MX Apertura season.
DeAndre Yedlin earned his first league start since joining Newcastle United, delivering a cross that led to an own goal in their 1-1 draw at Aston Villa … On-loan MNT defender Matt Miazga made his club debut for Vitesse Arnhem in their 7-2 KNVB Cup win against De Dijk at midweek. Miazga then made his league debut and even provided a late-game assist in the 2-1 loss at Twente … After being named captain for Scottish side Hearts at midweek, Perry Kitchen played wore the armband for the first time in the club’s 0-0 draw with Ross County ... Continuing his long injury comeback, Josh Gatt started his first match in more than three years for Molde, playing 66 minutes in their 3-1 loss against Rosenborg.
The Full Rundown:
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw at Real Salt Lake (Sept. 24)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Philadelphia Union (Sept. 24)
Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – 2 substitute minutes in 2-1 win vs. Queretaro (Sept. 21); 7 substitute minutes in 2-1 win vs. Santos Laguna (Sept. 25)
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. FC Dallas (Sept. 24)
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 1-1 draw at Toronto FC (Sept. 24)
David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. Sporting KC (Sept. 24)
Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United)– 90 minutes in 4-1 win vs. Orlando City SC (Sept. 24)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Philadelphia Union (Sept. 24)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. West Bromwich Albion (Sept. 24)
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Bayer Leverkusen (Sept. 20); 90 minutes in 3-3 draw vs. Hertha Berlin (Sept. 24)
Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. New England Revolution (Sept. 25)
Josh Gatt (Molde) – 66 minutes in 3-1 loss vs. Rosenborg (Sept. 24)
Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca) – 81 minutes in 5-1 win at Morelia (Sept 20); 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Queretaro (Sept. 24)
Ethan Horvath (Molde) – 90 minutes in 3-1 loss vs. Roseborg (Sept. 24)
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) – 90 minutes in 3-3 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Sept. 24)
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig (Sept. 21); 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Ingolstadt (Sept. 24)
Perry Kitchen (Hearts) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. Ross County (Sept. 24)
Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls) – 89 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Montreal Impact (Sept. 24)
Matt Miazga (Vitesse) – 20 substitute minutes in 7-2 Dutch Cup win at De Dijk (Sept. 22); 26 substitute minutes, ASSIST in 2-1 loss at Twente (Sept. 25)
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt) – 12 substitute minutes in 2-0 loss vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (Sept. 20); 77 minutes in 2-0 loss vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach (Sept. 24)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) – 90 minutes, TWO GOALS in 4-2 win at LA Galaxy (Sept. 25)
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) - 90 minutes in 3-1 loss at Houston Dynamo (Sept. 24)
Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution) - 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Columbus Crew SC (Sept. 25)
Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Queretaro; 90 minutes in 2-1 win at Santos Laguna (Sept. 25)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)– 45 minutes in 5-1 win at Wolfsburg (Sept. 20); 26 substitute minutes in 3-1 win vs. Freiburg (Sept. 23)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. Sporting KC (Sept. 24)
Bobby Wood (Hamburg) - 78 minutes in 1-0 loss at Freiburg (Sept. 20); 84 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. Bayern Munich (Sept. 24)
William Yarbrough (Club Leon) - 90 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. Chiapas (Sept. 21); 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at Toluca (Sept. 25)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) – 90 minutes in 2-0 League Cup win vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers; 75 minutes in 1-1 draw at Aston Villa (Sept. 24)
Did Not Play/Injured:
Matt Besler (Sporting KC)– In 18, DNP in 2-1 win at San Jose Earthquakes (Sept. 24)
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin) – Muscle Problems; Not in 18 for 3-0 loss at Bayern Munich (Sept. 21) or 3-3 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt (Sept. 24)
Edgar Castillo (Monterrey) – Broken kneecap; Not in 18 for 5-2 win vs. Santos Laguna (Sept. 21) or 3-1 loss at Atlas (Sept. 24)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC)- Irregular heart beat; Not in 18 for 4-2 win at LA Galaxy (Sept. 25)
Julian Green (Bayern Munich) - Not in 18 for 3-0 win vs. Hertha Berlin (Sept. 21) or 1-0 win at Hamburg (Sept. 24)
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough) – In 18, DNP in 2-1 loss vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Sept. 24)
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)– Not in 18, Suspended for 2-1 loss vs. Mainz (Sept. 21) and 2-1 win vs. Wolfsburg (Sept. 24)
Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids) – Quad injury; Not in 18 for 3-3 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Sept. 24)
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – In 18, DNP in 2-0 win vs. Sparta Rotterdam (Sept. 25)
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz) – In 18, DNP in 2-1 loss at Grasshopper (Sept. 25)
Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) – Broken metatarsal; Not in 18 for 4-2 win vs. Seattle Sounders FC (Sept. 25)
Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) – Calf injury; Not in 18 for 2-1 win at San Jose Earthquakes (Sept. 24)