In a weekend where Champions League and Europe League spots awaited clinching, where promotions lay for the taking, and where streaks sought to be continued, there to respond were members of the U.S. Men’s National Team who made an impact with their clubs.
Fabian Johnson and his club Borussia Monchengladbach made history this weekend. Entering just one win away from clinching a group-phase spot in next season’s Champions League, Johnson started and gave ‘Gladbach 78 strong minutes, which helped propel the Foals to capture the needed victory by a 2-0 score line against Werder Bremen. This marks the first time ‘Gladbach has punched a ticket to the Champions League group stage. The Foals have not lost a league match in which Johnson has started since the winter break, going 10-0-2 in that stretch.
Staying in Germany, Alfredo Morales and his squad FC Ingolstadt had an opportunity to secure first place in the 2. Bundesliga and promotion, needing a win against RB Leipzig. Leipzig got on the board early, scoring in the game’s fourth minute. In the 39th Morales came on, and just before the halftime whistle Ingolstadt leveled at 1-1 with a penalty kick. In the 76th minute Morales assisted on the goal that proved to be the game winner. In the end, he helped hoist the 2. Bundesliga silverware that declared Ingolstadt was headed to the top division.
Moving north, Aron Johannsson and his Dutch club AZ Alkmaar entered the weekend tied with Feyenoord for the Eredivisie’s third-place position and the Europa League spot that goes along with it. Johannsson was clearly set on AZ taking that position as he scored a pair of goals, including a full bicycle. Johannsson also added an assist in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-1 win over Excelsior. With Feyenoord losing, AZ are officially in the Europa League for next season.
In MLS, Clint Dempsey continued his point-scoring tear for Seattle Sounders FC. Dempsey again contributed to the Seattle attack, setting up Chad Barrett for what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 2-0 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. In doing so, Dempsey extended his streak of recording at least a point to 10 games, which is the fourth-longest streak of its kind in MLS history and the longest since 1998. Dempsey has at least one point in 18 of Seattle’s last 19 games and is tied for the league-lead in goals (7) and assists (5).
In Mexico, Ventura Alvarado and Club America entered the second leg of the Liga MX quarterfinals trailing Pachuca, 3-2. Alvarado came on in the 59th minute of a match packed with excitement and drama that included seven goals, two red cards – both for Club America and the first leaving them a man short after 33 minutes – and last-minute strikes. Ultimately, Club America lost 4-3 at home and 7-5 on aggregate.
Michael Bradley, Chris Wondolowski and Juan Agudelo were a trio of other MNT players that made a mark last weekend, each scoring a goal. Agudelo was a difference maker for the New England Revolution scoring on a diving header to give his team the lead against Toronto FC. Michael Bradley, his MNT teammate, but opponent in this matchup, responded with a game-tying goal for Toronto. Bradley’s was an exhibition of individual dominance. The midfielder dribbled through a host of New England Revolution defenders and finished in the lower left corner of the goal. In San Jose, Chris Wondolowski directed in a header in his team’s 2-0 win over Columbus Crew SC. The goal was the 99th of his career, which ranks him ninth overall in MLS history.
With the seasons in Europe reaching their climax and MLS in full swing, there are Champions League and Europa League spots to be won, promotion to be earned, and streaks to be continued. Here's five MNT stories to follow this weekend.
- Fabian Johnson and Monchengladbach can guarantee at least third place in the Bundesliga and an automatic spot in next season’s Champions League with either a win away to Wolfsburg on Saturday or if Leverkusen fails to win against Hoffenheim. [FABIAN FEATURE ON USSOCCER.COM]
- Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt can secure first place and promotion to the Bundesliga with a win against RB Leipzig on Saturday.
- Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar are tied on points (59) with Feyenoord but behind on goal differential for third place with one game to go. The third-place finisher gets automatic entry into the Europa League; otherwise they go into a playoff. Alkmaar is away to 15th place Excelsior on Sunday.
- Ventura Alvarado and Club America go into the second leg of the Liga MX quarterfinal at home down 3-2 to Pachuca. Interestingly, in Mexico the tiebreaker in the series is a little different. If both the aggregate goals and away goals are equal, there is no extra time and penalties. Instead, the team with the most points during the regular season advances.
- Clint Dempsey goes into the Cascadia Cup match against Vancouver on fire, tied for the league lead with seven goals and adding four assists. He has at least one point in 17 of the last 18 games for Seattle.
Now just over two months out, the U.S. MNT players have their eyes set on making an impact for the USA in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. For now, their work is with their club teams, where last weekend a number of U.S. players made a difference.
Jozy Altidore, F, Toronto FC
Altidore collected his third and fourth goals of the season after notching a double in Toronto FC’s 2-0 win over Orlando City SC. In the 50th minute, Altidore quickly played a free kick from inside of the center circle to teammate Sebastain Giovinco, who in-turn touched it right back to Altidore. From there Altidore did the rest, zipping past the defense and ripping a shot that just tipped off Orlando City GK Donovan Ricketts’ hands and bounced in off the far post. In the 83rd minute, he got around the defense again. His second score came when he took down a long pass and fooled both a defender and the goalkeeper with a cut in the box that he followed with a left-footed finish.
Fabian Johnson, D, Borussia Mönchengladbach
Fabian Johnson played a key part in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 1-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg. Johnson completed 29 of 34 passes one of which set up the game-winning goal. The win was huge for ‘Gladbach as it clinched at least a qualifying spot in the next edition of the UEFA Champions League.
Clint Dempsey, F, Seattle Sounders FC
Clint Dempsey led the Seattle Sounders to a victory over rival Portland Timbers by scoring the game-winning goal in the 77th minute of the match. In front of a crowd of 41,541 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Dempsey tapped in a rebound from close range after Andy Rose’s initial shot was saved by the Portland GK Adam Kwarasey. The goal was Dempsey’s second through Kwarasey in the last year. He put one past him in just 30 seconds into the USA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup opener against Ghana last June.
Alejandro Bedoya, M, Nantes
Alejandro Bedoya headed home the game-tying goal for Nantes in its Ligue 1 road match versus Toulouse. With two minutes left in regulation, Nantes trailed by a goal and was given a corner kick. Bedoya made his move to the back post and buried a header to save a point for Nantes.
Aron Johannsson, F, AZ Alkmaar
Aron Johannsson tallied his sixth goal of the season for AZ, flicking in a cross with the outside of his left foot for a goal in the game’s 35th minute. AZ would go on to win 2-0 over FC Twente. The win was important for AZ as the team continues to work for a Europa League spot. Johannsson’s team now trails the third-place position by three points with two more matches to play this season.
CHICAGO (March 24, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey suffered a right hamstring strain during training Monday in Zurich and will not be available for the USA’s upcoming friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland. Dempsey returned to Seattle on Tuesday and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.
No replacement will be added for the match against Denmark, which kicks off March 25 at 3 p.m. ET. The match at NRGi Park in Aarhus will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás, and UDN. Fans can follow all the action from the USA’s Zurich-based training camp on Twitter @ussoccer.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Six days after the Denmark match, the USA meets No. 12-ranked Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich (FOXSports 1, UniMás, UDN). In June, the United States takes on two top-five ranked teams, meeting fifth-ranked Netherlands in Amsterdam before facing 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany in Cologne.
CHICAGO (March 22, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 23 players to Europe for important friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland in preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The U.S. faces Denmark on March 25 in Aarhus in the first meeting between the teams since 2009 (3 p.m. ET - ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN). Six days later, the USA meets Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich (Fox Sports 1, UniMas, UDN).
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The matches fall on FIFA fixture dates and come in conjunction with camps for the U-23 Men’s National Team, which will play Bosnia-Herzegovina and Denmark in preparation matches for Olympic qualifying, and the U-20 Men’s National Team that is getting ready for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup this summer in New Zealand.
Denmark sits atop Group I in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship. The teams last met in the same town six years ago, with the Danes collecting a 3-1 victory.
Currently ranked No. 12 in the world, Switzerland boasts 13 players with experience in the current Champions League season. The last match between the U.S. and Switzerland occurred on Oct. 17, 2007 with the USA running out 1-0 winners in Basel.
“This is a really exciting time for our National Teams, because it’s not only our games with the senior team, it’s also the U-23s now playing two friendlies and the U-20s playing a friendly with England,” said Klinsmann. “From a senior team perspective, we have a very competitive roster. It’s a great opportunity to look at our many players based in Europe and Mexico while the MLS players are still getting into a rhythm. We are here to challenge ourselves against two strong opponents, and at the end of the day we also want to get results.”
The roster is heavy on U.S. players based in Europe in Mexico with a total of 16 players on the roster plying their trade outside the United States. Six players, including team captain Clint Dempsey, hail from MLS, while Miguel Ibarra represents the NASL. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan has been left off the roster while he and his wife await the birth of their first child.
Two players based in Mexico – defender Ventura Alvarado from Club America and goalkeeper William Yarbrough from Club Leon – are making their first appearance in a U.S. National Team camp. Meantime, AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Johannsson returns for the first time since the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Reading midfielder Danny Williams is back after more than a year.
- A total of 11 players on the roster were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death,” including three goalscorers.
- Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley were the only two players who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
- Dempsey is the leading capwinner on the roster with 112 appearances. Bradley is next in line to reach the century mark, having played 93 games.
- Bradley’s first career goal proved the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Switzerland on Oct.17, 2007, in Basel.
- Seven countries and nine leagues are represented on the roster: Canada, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States
- Jozy Altidore, Bradley, Dempsey and Brek Shea are the goalscorers for the U.S. in 2015. Dempsey has three goals from the first two matches of the MLS season, while Altidore netted a pair in his first match for Toronto FC.
- Rimando boasts an impressive 10-1-2 career record with four shutouts.
- Greg Garza started the last five games of 2014 following the World Cup. The Club Tijuana left back has been a part of every level of National Team programming, beginning with the U-14s.
- Aron Johannsson has the chance to make his first appearance since replacing Jozy Altidore in the first half of the USA’s 2-1 win against Ghana in their opening match of the World Cup in Brazil. He has been hampered by injuries since then and is fighting his way back into the lineup at AZ.
- Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first caps for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the NASL.
- Danny Williams also has the opportunity to get his first action since March 5, 2014, when he started against Ukraine in Cyprus.
- Rubio Rubin is the only age-eligible player on the roster for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The F.C. Utrecht forward, who scored on the weekend, earned his first senior team cap and start on Nov. 11, 2014, against then No. 3-ranked Colombia.
- William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He has marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.
Dempsey’s craftiness, unpredictability and fearlessness meshed with his defensive acumen have made him a potent threat for both club and country. Becoming the second U.S. player in history to score in multiple World Cups when he tallied the first goal by the U.S. in 2014 against Ghana and the tying goal against England in 2010, it was his bravery and commitment that opened the door to Landon Donovan’s game-winner against Algeria. The dazzling midfielder has consistently shown his mettle as a big-game player, scoring in consecutive matches against Egypt, Spain and Brazil during the USA’s historic run to the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final. He has amassed 14 career goals in World Cup qualifying, good for first place on the all-time U.S. list. After establishing his credentials as a bona fide goal-scorer in the Premier League by becoming Fulham’s all-time leader with 50 league goals, he welcomed a new challenge by signing with Seattle Sounders FC in 2013 after a final season in England with Tottenham Hotspur.
- Has started and played nine games for the U.S. in 2014
- Started all four of the MNT's matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
- Scored the go-ahead goal against Portugal in the second game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, an 81st-minute finish of a Graham Zusi cross that Dempsey put in with his six pack
- In the opening match against Ghana in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scored the fastest ever goal for the U.S. and fifth-fastest in World Cup history with a goal just 30 seconds into the game
- With his goal against Ghana he became the only U.S. player to score in three different FIFA World Cups
- Named captain of the U.S. MNT by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, beginning with the USA’s second Hexagonal match of 2013 against Costa Rica on March 22
- Voted the 2012 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, earning the honor for the second consecutive time and third overall
- Led the team in scoring for the second straight year, tallying six goals. His 30 career strikes are good for a third-place tie with Brian McBride on the USA’s all-time leaderboard.
- Scored the game-tying goal against England in the USA’s opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, becoming only the second U.S. player in history at the time to score in multiple World Cups
- After picking up Man of the Match honors and scoring in both the win against Egypt and the semifinal victory against No. 1-ranked Spain, the crafty Dempsey earned the Bronze Ball at the 2009 Confederations Cup for his outstanding attacking play
- Scored the USA’s lone credited goal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, leveling the score 1-1 against Ghana in the final group match
- Set the goalscoring record for an American in the EPL when he reached 37 career goals surpassing Brian McBride
- His appearance against Hamburg in the Europa League semifinal made him the first American to play in that stage of a European competition since DaMarcus Beasley in the Champions League in 2005 for PSV
2014: Has started and appeared nine games for the U.S. in 2014, netting three goals ... Started all four of the MNT's matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... In the second game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scored a go-ahead goal to put the U.S. up 2-1 over Portugal in the 81st minute when he finished a Graham Zusi cross ... Became the first American to score in three FIFA World Cups when he scored against Ghana to open the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... Scored 30 seconds into the match against Ghana on June 16, recording the fastest U.S. goal and fifth-fastest overall in World Cup history ... 2013: Had his most successful year with the National Team, being named captain after the first game of the final round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying and tying his career best with six goals (three in WCQ) … Began the year on fire with five goals in his first five matches … Scored two goals, the latter of which proved the game-winner, against Germany (then ranked No. 2 in the world) on June 2 to climb to second place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time goals scored list with 36 … His three goals in World Cup Qualifying moved him to 13 all-time and tied him with Landon Donovan atop the USA’s WCQ goal-scorers list; Dempsey also now sits second on the MNT’s all-time WCQ caps list with 34, six behind Donovan … Became only the 14th player in MNT history to reach 100 caps, when he started against Costa Rica in WCQ on Sept. 6, scoring a penalty goal to mark the occasion … 2012: Posted a career-high six goals, including five in the Semifinal Round of qualifying … Adding to the import, Dempsey recorded three game-winners, including the decisive goal in the historic 1-0 victory in Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa … Earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors four times and in three qualifiers … Tallied the lone goal in the 1-1 draw with Guatemala on June 12 in Guatemala City, then scored the game-winner in the return leg Oct. 16 in Kansas City that sealed first place in the group … 2011: Finished the year with five goals and two assists in 14 appearances, leading the team in goals and points … Secured fourth place all-time for most U.S. goals scored with a career total of 24, tied with Joe-Max Moore … Scored the second U.S. goal in the 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov. 15, earning him Man of the Match honors … Clinched the USA’s first win under Jurgen Klinsmann with a curling left-footed shot from 15 yards out in the 1-0 victory against Honduras on Oct. 8 … Scored the game-winner on a close-range finish from a Landon Donovan pass against Panama to lift the U.S. into its fourth consecutive Gold Cup final … Started each of the U.S.’s six matches in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring three goals and adding one assist in the tournament, including the second goal in both 2-0 wins against Canada and Jamaica and helping Donovan notch the U.S.’s second goal against Mexico in the final, for which he earned Man of the Match honors … Also earned Man of the Match honors for his performances against Paraguay in Nashville, Tenn., on March 29 and against Spain on June 4 in Foxborough, Mass. …2010: Scored the game-tying goal against England on June 12 after spinning Steven Gerrard to give the U.S. a crucial point in the World Cup opener … Fired the fourth-most shots (15) of any player in the group phase of the World Cup … One of the USA’s standout players in the Round of 16 defeat against Ghana; he won the penalty that allowed the U.S. to tie the game …Tallied the game winner in the 2-1 victory against Turkey on May 29 in Hartford … 2009: Surpassed the 50-cap mark while posting a career-high 14 starts … Started eight of 10 final round qualifiers … Headed home the third goal against Egypt on June 21 that sealed the USA’s advancement to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup … Picked the pocket of Sergio Ramos to tuck home the insurance goal in the 74th minute of the 2-0 win against Spain on June 24 in Bloemfontein … Opened the USA’s scoring against Brazil in the final with another picture-perfect finish from a Jonathan Spector delivery … Won the Bronze Ball at the FIFA Confederations Cup … Scored the game-tying goal by alertly defeating an offside trap in the 2-1 home win on Sept. 5 against El Salvador … 2008: Started all 10 games he featured in during 2008, including games against England, Spain and Argentina … Tied for the team lead with four goals, all of which came in World Cup qualifying … Grabbed winning goals against Barbados and Cuba during the USA’s five-game unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying ... Scored the team’s fastest goal in U.S. World Cup qualifying history against Barbados, putting the U.S. in front after just 53 seconds en route to earning Man of the Match honors … 2007: Named U.S. Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year for 2007 … Played a team-leading 1,048 minutes in 2007, including 13 starts … Finished second on the team in points with three goals and two assists … Played a vital part of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup side that beat Mexico 2-1 in the final … Played the entirety of the tournament up front for the United States as a dangerous target man … Scored the winning goal against Guatemala in the opening game of the competition … Put his name on the scoresheet for the USA’s friendly against Brazil when he turned in a Steve Cherundolo cross to briefly tie the game at 2-2 … 2006: A stellar year for both club and country, he was a member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, appearing in two games as a starter vs. Italy and Ghana … His thumping strike against Ghana, from a DaMarcus Beasley cross, was one of the iconic moments of the team’s World Cup campaign … Scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 triumph against Poland on March 1 in Kaiserslautern, Germany … Finished the year with nine appearances for the national team, scoring four goals and tying him for top scorer … 2005: Appeared in 13 games in 2005, including six qualifying games … Tied for the second-most appearances for the year alongside Kasey Keller … Tallied his first-ever national team goal in the 2-1 loss against England on May 28 in Chicago, finishing off a rebound from a Carlos Bocanegra shot … Played in four CONCACAF Gold Cup matches to help the U.S. win its third title … Got the championship run kick-started by scoring the USA’s first goal of the tournament, perfectly timing a run to beat the Cuban defense just before the halftime whistle en route to a 4-1 win July 7 in Seattle … Put his name on the scoresheet in the June 4 qualifying win against Costa Rica, his deflected shot falling at the feet of Brian McBride to set up the USA’s third goal in the 3-0 shutout victory in Salt Lake City … 2004: Made his first appearance for the MNT in the final game of the semifinal round of 2006 World Cup qualifying on Nov. 17 against Jamaica at Columbus Crew Stadium, coming on as a reserve for Ramiro Corrales in the 65th minute … Under-20s: Named to the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship roster, he made one appearance in the United Arab Emirates as a substitute against South Korea in the team’s final group match … Was named to the roster for two international tournaments in Houston, Texas, and Spain … Scored his first goal with the U-20s against Canada in a 2-1 win at the USASA Festival in Houston … Had a total of 12 appearances with the U.S., including nine internationals in 2003 … Played in four games with the U-20s in 2002, getting two starts … First Appearance: Nov. 17, 2004, vs. Jamaica … First Goal: May 28, 2005, vs. England
2014: After returning to MLS last August, Dempsey led the Sounders to the best record in the League in 2014 and into a first place regular-season finish in the western conference, appearing in 28 games and starting 25...Seattle is set to face the LA Galaxy in the conference finals of the MLS playoffs... Scored a team second-best 15 goals in the season and seven assists... Named to the MLS All-Star roster... 2013: Made a major splash in American soccer by returning to MLS with Seattle Sounders FC after calling time on his career in the English Premier League, during which he amassed 213 appearances and 57 goals (the most by an American in EPL history) … Debuted with Sounders FC on Aug. 8 in a 2-1 win over Toronto FC and went on to make a total of nine appearances (six starts) for Seattle … Scored his first MLS goal since leaving the league in 2006 in Seattle’s regular season finale, a 1-1 draw with LA on Oct. 27 … 2012: Moved across London to Tottenham Hotspur in an 11th- hour deal on the final day of the summer transfer window … His first goal for the club was a doozy, the game-winner in the 3-2 win on Sept. 29 against Manchester United at Old Trafford … Made 16 league appearances to start the season, starting 12 and scoring four goals … 2011-12: Finished his career at Fulham with 50 league goals, a club record … Posted a career-high 17 goals in 37 Premier League matches … Recorded two hat tricks within two weeks, first in the 4-0 win against Charlton on Jan. 7 in the FA Cup … Fourteen days later, netted three in 5-2 win on Jan. 21 against Newcastle … His goal in the 85th minute on Dec. 5 against Liverpool gave Fulham a 1-0 win, and set the record (37) for most goals by an American in the EPL … Scored a goal and notched an assist in the 6-0 win against Queen’s Park Rangers on Oct. 2 … Added two goals in the 3-0 victory against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Europa League … 2010-11: Finished the 2010-11 campaign as Fulham’s leading goalscorer with 13 tallies and a career-high 37 appearances in the Premier League, 42 in total … Voted the 2010-11 Player of the Year for Fulham by the fans … Played in every match to open the campaign, including 20 starts in 22 total appearances … In the first half of the season, he already had eight goals and nine in all competitions … Every goal scored came in either a victory or a draw for Fulham … Scored both goals in the 2-0 victory on Oct. 30 against Wigan … 2009-10: Finished 2009-10 with 43 appearances in all competitions, including 12 in the Europa League … Had nine goals in all competitions, and seven in the EPL … The wonder strike against Juventus on March 18 that put his team in the quarterfinals of the Europa League was voted the 2010 BBC London Sporting Moment of the Year … His appearance against Hamburg in the Europa League semifinal on April 22 made him the first American to play in that stage of a European competition since DaMarcus Beasley in the Champions League in 2005 for PSV … Logged 34 minutes in the return leg a week later … Scored in back-to-back games, netting the tying goal in the 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Oct. 25 and the last goal in the 3-1 win against Liverpool six days later … Potted a pair in the 3-0 win on Nov. 25 against Blackburn … 2008-09: Started every match in all competitions for Fulham after the new year … Finished the season with seven goals, helping Fulham to a seventh place finish – their best ever in the EPL - and a spot in the Europa League …Registered two goals in the 3-1 win on April 12 at Manchester City … Scored his first brace in English soccer when he netted two goals against Chelsea during a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage on Dec. 28 … Started eight games of Fulham's nine-game Premier League unbeaten run to close out 2008 … Opened his goalscoring account on the season with a crucial equalizer against Portsmouth at Fratton Park ... Began the season as a substitute for Fulham but forced his way into the starting lineup after a series of good performances in the fall … 2007-08: In his first full season with Fulham, he featured in 36 of the team's 38 games … Scored six goals on the season and added two assists to become the team's top scorer in the Premier League ... After being thrust into a role as a striker after Brian McBride’s injury, he responded admirably, netting goals in three consecutive Premier League games against Aston Villa, Tottenham and Wigan … He was also named as Player of the Month for August by Fulham’s supporter group … Helped Fulham narrowly escape relegation on the final day of the season with a 1-0 win against Portsmouth … 2006-07: Made the jump across the Atlantic, joining Fulham for around $4 million … There he joined fellow Americans Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride … Though he struggled to break into the team at first, he came on strong in the final weeks of the season and scored the club’s most vital goal of the season … His goal against Liverpool on May 5 effectively saved Fulham from relegation, as it gave them three points and took them away from the drop zone … In total, he made 10 appearances in midfield for the team, scoring one goal …2006: Was limited to only 21 appearances for the Revolution due to World Cup duty and injury … Still tallied eight goals for the club, and four assists … Was named to the MLS Best XI and was also a starter in the All-Star Game against Chelsea … 2005: Posted 10 goals and nine assists in 26 games, good for second best on the team scoring charts … His fourth-minute goal against Chicago in the Eastern Conference championship sent the Revolution to their second MLS Cup final … Collected a host of honors from MLS, including being named to the MLS Best XI and starting the All-Star game … Chosen as the MLS Player of the Month for April after scoring four goals and adding three assists in five games …2004: Won MLS Rookie of the Year after a remarkable first season with the New England Revolution … Played in 24 of 30 games, finishing tied for third on the team with seven goals scored and fifth in points with 15 … Helped the Revolution advance to the Eastern Conference Finals before falling to D.C. United 4-3 on penalty kicks … Earned his first appearance as a substitute in the 83rd minute on April 3 against L.A. … Started the first game of his MLS career, playing 90 minutes on April 17 vs. San Jose … Scored the first goal of his MLS career in the 12th minute against the MetroStars on April 25.
Date of Birth
Mar 9, 1983
Seattle Sounders FC