Midfielder Christian Pulisic led the way for U.S. MNT players in the final club weekend before head coach Bruce Arena names his roster for September’s crucial World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and at Honduras.
Visiting Wolfsburg on Saturday, the 18-year-old midfielder scored the first goal of the new Bundesliga season for Borussia Dortmund when he cleverly slotted an effort through traffic and inside the left post to give BVB at 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute. The goal made Pulisic the fourth U.S. MNT player to score on the opening day of the Bundesliga season, joining Thomas Dooley (1991), John Brooks (2013) and Bobby Wood (2016).
Dortmund remained in control throughout the match and Pulisic stepped up to ice the game in the 60th minute with a threaded a ball from the right, finding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who tapped home at the back post.
WATCH: Pulisic Goal, Assist Lifts Dortmund to 3-0 Opening Day Win vs. Wolfsburg
In England, MNT center back Geoff Cameron worked well in a three-man back line with Erik Pieters and Ryan Shawcross to help Stoke City earn a 1-0 home defeat of Arsenal.
Back stateside, defender Graham Zusi was key in providing both assists in Sporting KC’s 2-0 home win against FC Dallas. In the 42nd minute, the right back’s pinpoint corner kick picked out Diego Rubio who volleyed home the opening goal from just outside the six-yard box. With Sporting KC looking to kill off the game late, Zusi lobbed a marvelous ball forward for Gerso Fernandes before the attacker beat his marker and cranked home the clinching goal in the second minute of second-half stoppage time. Zusi now has five assists on the season.
WATCH: Zusi Leads Sporting KC Past FC Dallas
In Saturday’s nightcap, San Jose Earthquakes used a penalty kick from Chris Wondolowski in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to battle back and earn a 2-2 draw against Philadelphia Union. The goal was Wondolowski’s 10th of the season, giving him a remarkable eight straight M.L.S. campaigns with double-digit goal hauls.
Similar to Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey put home his 11th goal of the season in the dying seconds of Seattle Sounders FC’s 2-1 win vs. Minnesota United FC. It was the U.S. MNT forward’s fourth goal in three matches for Sounders FC and puts him just four back of his best season total when he tallied 15 in 2014.
WATCH: Dempsey Hands Sounders 2-1 Win vs. Minnesota United FC
A few other notes from the past week:
- Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath made two saves to keep a clean sheet in the first leg of Club Brugge’s UEFA Europa League playoff tie with AEK Athens. Brugge visits the Greek capital for the second leg on Wednesday, Aug. 23.
- Goalkeeper Bill Hamid made four saves to earn his fourth clean sheet of the season in D.C. United’s 1-0 win at Colorado Rapids.
- Eighteen-year-old U.S. youth international Weston McKennie came off the bench to play the final 11 minutes in Schalke’s 2-0 win vs. RB Leipzig.
- On loan from Schalke to Second Division Sandhausen, U.S. youth international Haji Wright came off the bench and scored his first goal for the club in a 4-0 win at Dynamo Dresden.
- After suffering a hamstring injury earlier this month, right back DeAndre Yedlin returned to the training field with Newcastle United this week.
- It was announced that center back John Brooks has been ruled out for three months after suffering a torn thigh muscle in Wolfsburg’s 1-0 DFB-Pokal win vs. Eintracht Nordstedt on Aug. 13.
A full rundown of how U.S. MNT players performed for their clubs this weekend:
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Sporting KC (Aug. 19)
Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at New York City FC (Aug. 20)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) – 80 minutes in 3-1 win at Chicago Fire (Aug. 19)
Paul Arriola (D.C. United) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win at Colorado Rapids (Aug. 19)
DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Aug. 19)
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union) – 90 minutes in 2-2 draw at San Jose Earthquakes (Aug. 19)
Matt Besler (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. FC Dallas (Aug. 19)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 3-1 win at Chicago Fire (Aug. 19)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Arsenal (Aug. 19)
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw at Freiburg (Aug. 20)
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – 31 substitute minutes in 1-1 Copa MX draw at Puebla (Aug. 15)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 2-1 win vs. Minnesota United FC (Aug. 20)
Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC) – 27 substitute minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Columbus Crew SC (Aug. 19)
Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC) – 89 minutes in 2-0 win vs. FC Dallas (Aug. 19)
Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Sporting KC (Aug. 19)
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) – 6 substitute minutes in 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday (Aug. 16)
Bill Hamid (D.C. United) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win at Colorado Rapids (Aug. 19)
Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Sporting KC (Aug. 19)
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge) – 90 minutes in 0-0 UEFA Europa League draw vs. AEK Athens (Aug. 16); 90 minutes in 2-1 win at Kortjik (Aug. 20)
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) – 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. D.C. United (Aug. 19)
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen) – 3 substitute minutes in 1-0 loss at Hoffenheim (Aug. 19)
Sean Johnson (New York City FC) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. New England Revolution (Aug. 20)
Perry Kitchen (Randers) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Silkeborg (Aug. 18)
Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls) – 120 minutes in 3-2 extra time U.S. Open Cup Semifinal win at FC Cincinnati (Aug. 15); 22 substitute minutes in 2-0 loss at Portland (Aug. 18)
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – 13 substitute minutes in 2-1 win vs. Middlesbrough (Aug. 19)
Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire) – 90 minutes in 3-0 loss at Montreal Impact (Aug. 16); 90 minutes in 3-1 loss vs. Toronto FC (Aug. 19)
Weston McKennie (Schalke) – 11 substitute minutes in 2-0 win vs. RB Leipzig (Aug. 19)
Matt Miazga (Vitesse) – 7 substitute minutes in 3-1 win at Roda JC (Aug. 18)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) – 83 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Minnesota United FC
Justin Morrow (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 3-1 win at Chicago Fire (Aug. 19)
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. New York Red Bulls (Aug. 18)
Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union) – 90 minutes in 2-2 draw at San Jose Earthquakes (Aug. 19)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) – 86 minutes, GOAL, ASSIST in 3-0 win at Wolfsburg (Aug. 19)
Tim Ream (Fulham) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw at Leeds United (Aug. 15); 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. Sheffield Wednesday (Aug. 19)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) – 90 minutes in 3-1 loss at Montreal Impact (Aug. 19)
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Minnesota United FC (Aug. 20)
Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at New York City FC (Aug. 20)
Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna) – 90 minutes in 2-0 Copa MX win vs. Juarez (Aug. 15); 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Club Tijuana (Aug. 18)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 2-2 draw vs. Philadelphia Union (Aug. 19)
Bobby Wood (Hamburg) – 87 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Augsburg (Aug. 19)
Haji Wright (Sandhausen) – 37 substitute minutes, GOAL in 4-0 win at Dynamo Dresden (Aug. 19)
Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Sporting KC (Aug. 19)
Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes, TWO ASSISTS in 2-0 win vs. FC Dallas (Aug. 19)
INJURED/DID NOT PLAY
John Brooks (Wolfsburg) – Thigh Injury; Not in 18 for 3-0 loss vs. Borussia Dortmund (Aug. 19)
Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca) – Injured; Not in 18 for 2-1 win at Morelia
Julian Green (Stuttgart) – Not in 18 for 2-0 loss at Hertha Berlin (Aug. 19)
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Back Pain; Not in 18 for 1-0 win vs. Köln (Aug. 20)
Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana) – Not in 18 for 1-1 Copa MX draw at Puebla (Aug. 15); Not in 18 for 2-0 loss vs. Santos Laguna (Aug. 18)
Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town) – In 18, DNP in 1-0 win vs. Newcastle United (Aug. 20)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) – Hamstring Injury; Not in 18 for 1-0 loss at Huddersfield Town (Aug. 20)