With the curtain coming down on European league play and Liga MX kicking off the Clausura playoffs this past week, a number of U.S. MNT players gave their last impressions to Jurgen Klinsmann before he submits the 23-man roster for this summer’s Copa America Centenario.
Here’s how MNT players performed for their clubs during the last week:
After 10 seasons at Goodison Park, Tim Howard made his 414th and final appearance for Everton in their 3-0 home win against Norwich City. Set to join the Colorado Rapids in July, Howard was honored on-field after the game before giving an emotional and heart-felt speech as he bid farewell to Merseyside.
Earlier in the week, DeAndre Yedlin and Sunderland were successful in their bid to stay in the Premier League, defeating Everton 3-0 on Wednesday. Having joined the Black Cats on a season-long loan at the close of the summer transfer window last August, Yedlin appeared in 25 games across all competitions, with his play at right back proving crucial in the club’s battle against relegation.
Following a breakout season where he scored 17 goals in 31 matches for Union Berlin, Bobby Wood began Sunday with news that he would be moving up to the Bundesliga after signing a deal with Hamburg SV through 2020.
Wood bid farewell to the Union Berlin supporters, making a five-minute cameo in the club’s 2-1 victory against Second Bundesliga champions Freiburg on Sunday.
The Liga MX playoffs kicked off at midweek, with Omar Gonzalez going 180 minutes over the two legs of Pachuca’s 4-3 aggregate win against Santos Laguna on Thursday and Sunday. The wins set los Tuzos up for a semifinal clash with Club Leon.
Defender Edgar Castillo also played a part for Monterrey, coming on at halftime in their 3-1 victory at Tigres UANL in the first leg of their playoff tie. Despite losing 2-1 at home in Saturday’s second leg, los Rayados still advanced 4-3 on aggregate, setting up a semifinal matchup with Club America.
Both semifinal first legs take place on Tuesday night, while the return matches are set for Friday.
In MLS play earlier in the week, Chris Wondolowski continued his offensive production for the San Jose Earthquakes, assisting on both of Alberto Quintero’s goals in the side’s 3-1 win against the Houston Dynamo. Wondolowski now has seven goals and two assists in 11 matches this season.
On the weekend, Lee Nguyen tallied a beautiful strike off a corner kick before setting up Femi Hollinger-Janzen’s 84th minute goal in the New England Revolution’s 2-0 win against the Chicago Fire.
Meanwhile fellow MNT midfielder Michael Bradley tallied his first assist of the season, providing the helper on Sebastian Giovinco’s 66th minute strike in Toronto FC’s 4-3 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
In Sunday’s MLS nightcap, Darlington Nagbe recorded his third assist in five matches as he slipped Fanendo Adi through on goal in the 55th minute of the Portland Timbers’ 2-1 loss to New York City FC.A full breakdown of how MNT players performed for their clubs this weekend:
Jozy Altidore – 38 minutes in Toronto FC’s 4-3 loss vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (May 14)
Kyle Beckerman – 90 minutes in Real Salt Lake’s 1-0 loss at Houston Dynamo (May 14)
Alejandro Bedoya – 90 minutes in Nantes’ 4-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain (May 14)
Matt Besler – 90 minutes in Sporting KC’s 2-1 win vs. Orlando City SC (May 15)
Steve Birnbaum – 90 minutes in D.C. United’s 2-0 win vs. New York Red Bulls (May 13)
Michael Bradley – 90 minutes, ASSIST in Toronto FC’s 4-3 loss vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (May 14)
John Brooks – 90 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 0-0 draw at Mainz (May 14)
Geoff Cameron – 80 minutes in Stoke City’s 2-1 win vs. West Ham United (May 15)
Edgar Castillo – 45 minutes as a substitute in Monterrey’s 3-1 win at Tigres UANL (May 12)
Timmy Chandler – 30 minutes as a substitute in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 1-0 loss at Werder Bremen (May 14)
Clint Dempsey – 90 minutes in Seattle Sounders FC’s 2-0 loss at FC Dallas (May 14)
Mix Diskerud – 74 minutes in New York City FC’s 2-1 win at Portland Timbers (May 15)
Brad Evans - 90 minutes in Seattle Sounders FC’s 2-0 loss at FC Dallas (May 14)
Ethan Finlay – 30 minutes as a substitute in Columbus Crew SC’s 1-1 draw vs. Colorado Rapids (May 14)
Omar Gonzalez – 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 1-1 draw at Santos Laguna (May 12); 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 3-2 win vs. Santos Laguna (May 15)
Tim Howard – 90 minutes in Everton’s 3-0 win vs. Norwich (May 15)
Jermaine Jones – 87 minutes in Colorado Rapids’ 1-0 win vs. Sporting KC (May 11); 79 minutes in Colorado Rapids’ 1-1 draw at Columbus Crew SC (May 14)
Perry Kitchen – 90 minutes in Hearts’ 1-0 win at Aberdeen (May 12); 90 minutes in Hearts 2-2 draw vs. St. Johnstone (May 15)
Jordan Morris - 90 minutes in Seattle Sounders FC’s 2-0 loss at FC Dallas (May 14)
Darlington Nagbe – 90 minutes in Portland Timbers’ 2-1 loss at FC Dallas (May 11); 90 minutes, ASSIST in Portland Timbers’ 2-1 loss vs. New York City FC (May 15)
Lee Nguyen – 90 minutes, GOAL and ASSIST in New England Revolution’s 2-0 win vs. Chicago Fire (May 14)
Chris Wondolowski – 90 minutes, TWO ASSISTS in San Jose Earthquake’s 3-1 win vs. Houston Dynamo (May 11)
Bobby Wood – 5 minutes as a substitute in Union Berlin’s 2-1 win vs. Freiburg (May 15)
DeAndre Yedlin – 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 3-0 win vs. Everton (May 11); 76 minutes in Sunderland’s 2-2 draw at Watford (May 15)
Gyasi Zardes – 90 minutes in LA Galaxy’s 2-2 draw at Philadelphia Union (May 11)
Graham Zusi – 90 minutes in Sporting KC’s 2-1 win vs. Orlando City SC (May 15)