The Major League Soccer season opened in 10 cities across MLS, with U.S. Men’s National Team players active in almost every game. In Germany, Fabian Johnson and Bobby Wood both continued their strong run of form, while English-based players Geoff Cameron, Brad Guzan and DeAndre Yedlin all picked up significant minutes in the last week.
In Chicago, Mix Diskerud helped get New York City FC’s Patrick Vieira era off on the right foot, bagging a goal and an assist over his 90 minutes in a 4-3 win against the Fire. In the 36th minute, Diskerud held up the right side before lofting a perfect ball into the path of U.S. U-23 international Khiry Shelton, who beat his mark and finished to the back post, to take the game to 3-1. On the other side of halftime, Tommy McNamara worked his way down the left and found Diskerud making a late run into the box, which he volleyed first-time past Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson for the eventual game-winner.
Mix Diskerud Opens His 2016 Account:
Out west, Chris Wondolowski also bagged his first goal of the season in San Jose’s 1-0 victory against Colorado. Just after halftime, Quincy Amarikwa began the build-up, laying a square pass on the right for Alberto Quintero, who then lofted a perfect ball for Wondolowski to head inside the right post in the 46th minute. The goal was the 110th of Wondolowski’s MLS career, putting him four behind Ante Razov for fourth on the MLS all-time goals list. Teammate David Bingham made five saves, including a point-blank stop on Irish international Kevin Doyle in the 65th minute, before stretching to parry away U.S. U-23 defender Eric Miller’s effort from distance in the 85th.
Chris Wondlowski Lifts San Jose:
Thanks to a Joao Plata brace, Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman and Real Salt Lake held a 2-0 lead late in Orlando City. Under siege since Plata’s second strike in the 65th minute, Rimando made five saves in the match, including a point-blank stop on Pedro Ribeiro in the 84th minute. Deep into stoppage time however, City’s Brek Shea helped spur the late comeback, playing a leading pass from the left for Cyle Larin who re-directed the ball past Rimando. Adrian Winter completed the comeback for Orlando City a minute later, forcing a 2-2 draw, as Rimando, Beckerman and Shea all played the full 90 minutes.
In Seattle, midfielder Graham Zusi, defender Matt Besler (Sporting KC) and forward Clint Dempsey (Seattle) played the full 90 minutes in Sporting KC’s 1-0 victory at Century Link Field. Seattle’s Jordan Morris started up top with Dempsey and played 83 minutes in his MLS debut, while Sounders captain Brad Evans went 89 minutes in defense.
Elsewhere in MLS, MNT captain Michael Bradley played 90 minutes in Toronto FC’s 2-0 win at the New York Red Bulls … Darlington Nagbe went the distance in last year’s MLS Cup rematch as the Portland Timbers again defeated Columbus Crew SC 2-1 … Gyasi Zardes put in a complete shift in the LA Galaxy’s 4-1 win against D.C. United … Lee Nguyen went the full 90 minutes for the New England, while DaMarcus Beasley played 71 for Houston Dynamo in the two sides’ 3-3 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Across the Atlantic, it was a double-game week for a number of U.S. MNT members in Europe, with the extra matches providing some positive returns.
In Germany, Fabian Johnson went 90 minutes and bagged an assist when he got in on the right before cutting back for Thorgan Hazard who scored in the 16th minute of Borussia Monchengladbach’s 4-0 win against Stuttgart Wednesday. On Sunday, Johnson played another 80 minutes and helped cap a flurry of first half goals, playing Rafael into the box on the left before the Brazilian attacker placed his effort inside the top left corner in ‘Gladbach’s 2-1 defeat at Wolfsburg.
Meanwhile, John Brooks went 90 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 2-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday, before another full match in the club’s 2-0 defeat at Hamburg Sunday. With the results, Johnson and Monchengladbach fall to sixth (12-10-3; 39 pts.) while Brooks and Hertha remain in third place (12-7-6; 42 pts.)
In the Second Bundesliga, Bobby Wood continued his scoring tear for Union Berlin tallying two goals in five minutes during the club’s 4-0 rout of FSV Frankfurt on Saturday. Wood converted from the penalty spot to make it 2-0 in the 29th minute, before pouncing on a rebound from Benjamin Kessel’s effort in the 34th. With the brace, Wood moves to 12 goals on the season, good enough for third in the Second Bundesliga and just four behind leader Nils Petersen of Freiburg.
Bobby Wood Notches a Brace for Union Berlin:
Meanwhile, Andrew Wooten played the final 28 minutes of Sandhausen’s 2-0 loss to Nurnburg on Tuesday, before going 83 minutes in their 3-2 defeat at 1860 Munich on Friday.
In England, right back DeAndre Yedlin started his third and fourth-straight matches for Sunderland this past week. On Tuesday, Yedlin setup Fabio Borini on the right, who hit a wonderful ball to the back post in the 90th minute to rescue a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace. Yedlin went the full 90 minutes again on Saturday as the Black Cats drew 1-1 with Southampton.
Like Yedlin, Geoff Cameron went 90 minutes twice for Stoke City this past weekend, splitting time between center and right back during the club’s 1-0 win vs. Newcastle United on Wednesday before playing solely on the right in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea Saturday. U.S. youth international Matt Miazga again made the bench again for Chelsea in the match as he awaits his debut for the Blues.
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan returned between the sticks for Aston Villa in their 3-1 defeat to Everton on Tuesday. On Saturday, Guzan made a number of saves, holding things scoreless between Villa and second-place Manchester City at halftime. After the break, a barrage came his way as City ran out 4-0 winners.
In France, Alejandro Bedoya and Nantes had a week they’d like to forget. Bedoya played 120 minutes in Nantes 3-2 Coupe de France quarterfinal defeat to Sochaux on Wednesday before playing a full 90 minutes in les Canaris 4-1 Ligue 1 loss to Rennes on Sunday night.Finally, in Mexico, Edgar Castillo played 90 minutes as Monterrey got back to winning ways in their 1-0 victory against Tigres. Omar Gonzalez also went 90 minutes as Pachuca drew 2-2 with Dorados Sinaloa, while William Yarbrough earned his third clean sheet of the Liga MX Clausura in Club Leon’s 0-0 draw with Tijuana. Monterrey, Pachuca and Club Leon sit first, second and third in the Liga MX table, with five points separating the three clubs.