MNT Rewind: Dempsey, Wondolowski, Altidore, Nagbe in Fine Form Coming to WCQ Camp
A number of U.S. Men’s National Team players had double duty with their clubs this past week before heading to Orlando for the start of October World Cup Qualifying camp. Here’s a look at how the 26-player roster performed for their clubs.
On Wednesday, Clint Dempsey put home his 12th goal of the season to cap Seattle Sounders FC’s 3-0 home win against Cascadia Cup rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC. In the 69th minute, Dempsey received the ball at midfield and played into space down the left for Nicolas Lodeiro. The Uruguayan strolled down the flank before returning the ball to Dempsey, whose open effort from the top of the area slid past David Ousted.
WATCH: Dempsey Scores 12th of the Season
MNT forward Chris Wondolowski also had an active week, tallying the lone goal for San Jose Earthquakes in their 4-1 loss to Chicago Fire on Wednesday. In Saturday’s 2-1 win against Portland Timbers, Wondo was credited with the game-winning assist when he picked out Danny Hoesen, who slotted his effort past Jeff Attinella in the 49th minute. With Portland pushing late, Darlington Nagbe also got involved in the action laying off for Sebastian Blanco, who smashed his effort home from the top of the area.
WATCH: Wondo, Nagbe contribute assists
Toronto FC rode a Justin Morrow hat trick to defeat New York Red Bulls 4-2 and clinch the Supporters Shield, given to the team with the league’s best regular season record. Having missed Toronto’s previous three matches, Jozy Altidore went the full 90 minutes and provided the assist to help Morrow complete his hat trick.
Leading 3-2 in stoppage time, Altidore played a nice combination with Marco Delgado before slipping a pass across goal in which Morrow tapped home at the back post.
With the win, Toronto FC becomes the first Canadian club to claim the Supporters Shield.
WATCH: Altidore Collects Sixth Assist in 4-2 Win vs. New York Red Bulls
Brad Guzan arrives in Orlando coming off a five-save performance in Atlanta United FC’s 0-0 draw at New England Revolution. The veteran goalkeeper was particularly impressive in turning away Diego Fagundez’s point-blank effort in the 23rd minute and with a diving stop on Kei Kamara’s 60th minute hit.
With the shutout, Guzan comes to MNT camp having kept four-straight clean sheets and has kept opponents off the scoreboard in six of his last seven matches.
WATCH: Brad Guzan Stands Tall for Atlanta United at New England Revolution
A couple other items from the past week:
- After missing two league matches, defender Geoff Cameron returned to the starting XI and went the full 90 minutes in Stoke City’s 2-1 win vs. Southampton on Saturday.
- For the third-straight game, DeAndre Yedlin went the full 90 minutes for Newcastle United in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
- Omar Gonzalez started and went the distance in both of Pachuca’s Liga MX matches this weekend, contributing to shutouts in a 4-0 win at Cruz Azul on Wednesday and a 0-0 draw with Necaxa Saturday.
A full rundown of how U.S. MNT players performed for their clubs this past week:
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) – 29 substitute minutes in 0-0 draw at Orlando City SC (Sept. 30)
Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. Atlanta United FC (Sept. 30)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes, ASSIST in 4-2 win vs. New York Red Bulls (Sept. 30)
Paul Arriola (D.C. United) – 85 minutes in 3-3 draw at New York Red Bulls (Sept. 27); 55 minutes in 2-0 loss at Columbus Crew SC (Sept. 30)
DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo) – 90 minutes in 3-3 draw vs. LA Galaxy (Sept. 27); 17 substitute minutes in 2-1 win vs. Minnesota United FC (Sept. 30)
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union) – 90 minutes in 3-0 loss at Atlanta United FC (Sept. 27); 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Seattle Sounders FC (Oct. 1)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 4-2 win vs. New York Red Bulls (Sept. 30)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Southampton (Sept. 30)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 3-0 win vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Sept. 27); 35 substitute minutes in 2-0 loss at Philadelphia Union (Oct. 1)
Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC) – 33 substitute minutes in 1-0 loss vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Sept. 30)
Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca) – 90 minutes in 4-0 win at Cruz Azul (Sept. 26); 90 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. Necaxa (Sept. 30)
Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC) – 90 minutes in 3-0 win vs. Philadelphia Union (Sept. 30); 90 minutes in 0-0 draw at New England Revolution (Sept. 30)
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at FC Dallas (Sept. 27); 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Montreal Impact (Sept. 30)
Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire) – 83 minutes in 4-1 win at San Jose Earthquakes (Sept. 27); 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. New York City FC (Sept. 30)
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) – 90 minutes, ASSIST in 2-1 loss at San Jose Earthquakes (Sept. 30)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) – 14 substitute minutes in 3-1 UEFA Champions League loss vs. Real Madrid (Sept. 26); 90 minutes in 2-1 win at Augsburg (Sept. 30)
Tim Ream (Fulham) – 90 minutes in 3-1 win at Nottingham Forest (Sept. 26); 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Queens Park Rangers (Sept. 29)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at LA Galaxy (Sept. 30)
Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna) – Sunday, Oct. 1 vs. Puebla (7:30 p.m. ET; UDN)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 4-1 loss vs. Chicago Fire (Sept. 27); 90 minutes, ASSIST in 2-1 win vs. Portland Timbers (Sept. 30)
Bobby Wood (Hamburg) – 89 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. Werder Bremen (Sept. 30)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Liverpool (Oct. 1)
Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Sept. 30)
DID NOT PLAY
Matt Besler (Sporting KC) – Face/Head Injury; Not in 18 for 1-0 loss vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Sept. 30)
Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana) – In 18, DNP in 1-0 loss vs. Tigres UANL (Sept. 26), 3-0 loss at Morelia (Sept. 29)