With just under two weeks until Jurgen Klinsmann names his roster for two all-important Semifinal-Round World Cup Qualifying matches at the beginning of September, a number of MNT players are rounding into form, while European seasons are in the midst of kicking off.
Here’s a look at how U.S. players performed for their clubs this weekend:
On Saturday, Ethan Finlay played a major role in Columbus Crew SC’s wild 3-3 home draw with New York City FC. Tied 1-1 in the 78th minute, Finlay was slotted into the box on the right before NYCFC’s Frederic Brilliant came through with a hard tackle, awarding Columbus with penalty kick. Finlay stepped up to the spot and placed his effort inside the right post in the 80th minute. After an 84th minute equalizer and stoppage time penalty kick from David Villa put NYCFC up 3-2, Finlay came through again in the 95th minute. A free kick popped up in the box and after a shot through traffic, the ball fell for Finlay on the left side of the six where he rocketed his shot inside the right post to rescue a road point for Columbus.
WATCH: Ethan Finlay brace rescues a point for Columbus
Elsewhere that night, defender Steve Birnbaum scored his second goal in as many matches to help D.C. United to a 2-0 home win against Portland Timbers. In the seventh minute, Lloyd Sam’s corner kick from the left was flicked on by Bobby Boswell before the ball fell for Birnbaum, who one-timed his effort through traffic to give D.C. the early lead. The goal wound up as the game-winner and took United above the red line for the sixth and final playoff spot in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference.
WATCH: Steve Birnbaum scores his second goal in as many matches
A week after Jordan Morris provided two assists for Clint Dempsey, the veteran MNT forward returned the favor for his younger counterpart in Seattle Sounders FC’s 2-1 win vs. Real Salt Lake on Sunday. Already leading 1-0 in the 37th minute, Dempsey held the ball up on the left, before rewarding Nicholas Lodeiro’s overlapping run. There, the Uruguayan sent a well-hit cross into the near post, where Morris powered his header past Nick Rimando. The goal was the eighth of his MLS rookie campaign.
WATCH: Jordan Morris tallies team-leading eighth goal for Seattle
Jozy Altidore continued to make a statement in his return from a hamstring injury. The U.S. forward started his first match since May 14 and tallied his third goal in four matches since coming back. With Toronto FC trailing 1-0 in the 24th minute, Sebastian Giovinco’s low, driven corner kick from the right caught Altidore at the top of the box, where he slammed a first-time effort over the outstretched arms of Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis. Also coming back from an injury spell, teammate Michael Bradley played the full 90 minutes in Toronto’s 1-1 away draw.
WATCH: Jozy Altidore scores his third goal in four matches
Elsewhere, Alejando Bedoya made his Philadelphia Union debut, playing 72 minute minutes in the side’s 4-0 win against New England Revolution on Saturday.
In Mexico, Michael Orozco went another 90 minutes and Paul Arriola came on for the final 19 as Club Tijuana earned a 2-0 win against Club Leon to say atop Liga MX. Right on their heels is Pachuca, who saw Omar Gonzalez go another 90 minutes in Los Tuzos’ 3-0 win against Pumas UNAM.
Finally, after a near year-long injury layoff, MNT forward Aron Johannsson returned to the field for Werder Bremen in preseason action this past week. Johannsson came off the bench to play 28 minutes in Bremen’s 2-0 loss vs. Meppen on August 10, before playing the full second half of the side’s 1-0 win against Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt. Morales played 89 minutes in the match.
Take a look at how all MNT players did for their clubs this past week:
Jozy Altidore – 71 minutes, GOAL in 1-1 draw at Toronto FC (August 14)
Paul Arriola – 19 substitute minutes in Club Tijuana’s 2-0 win vs. Club Leon (August 12)
Alejandro Bedoya – 72 minutes in Philadelphia Union’s 4-0 win at New England Revolution (August 13)
David Bingham – 90 minutes in San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 win at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (August 12)
Steve Birnbaum – 90 minutes, GOAL in D.C. United’s 2-0 win vs. Portland Timbers (August 13)
Michael Bradley – 90 minutes in Toronto FC’s 1-1 draw at Toronto FC (August 14)
John Brooks – 90 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 4-1 preseason loss vs. Napoli (August 13)
Timmy Chandler – 87 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-1 preseason win vs. Celta Vigo (August 14)
Clint Dempsey – 89 minutes, ASSIST in Seattle Sounders FC’s 2-1 win vs. Real Salt Lake (August 14)
Ethan Finlay – 90 minutes, TWO GOALS in Columbus Crew SC’s 3-3 draw with New York City FC (August 13)
Omar Gonzalez – 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 3-0 win vs. Pumas UNAM (August 13)
Ethan Horvath – 90 minutes in Molde’s 2-0 win at Aalesund (August 14)
Tim Howard – 90 minutes in Colorado Rapids 1-1 draw at LA Galaxy (August 13)
Aron Johannsson – 28 substitute minutes in Werder Bremen’s 2-0 preseason loss vs. Meppen (August 10); 45 substitute minutes in 1-0 preseason win vs. Ingolstadt (August 13)
Fabian Johnson – 45 substitute minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 0-0 preseason draw vs. Lazio (August 13)
Perry Kitchen – 45 substitute minutes in Hearts’ 0-0 draw at Aberdeen (August 13)
Alfredo Morales – 89 minutes in 1-0 preseason loss at Werder Bremen (August 13)
Jordan Morris -83 minutes, GOAL in Seattle Sounders FC’s 2-1 win vs. Real Salt Lake (August 14)
Darlington Nagbe – 90 minutes in Portland Timbers 2-0 loss at D.C. United (August 13)
Lee Nguyen – 76 minutes in New England Revolution’s 4-0 loss vs. Philadelphia Union (August 13)
Michael Orozco – 90 minutes in Club Tijuana’s 2-0 win vs. Club Leon (August 12)
Tim Ream – 1 substitute minute in Fulham’s 2-1 win at Preston North End (August 13)
Rubio Rubin – 73 minutes in Utrecht’s 2-2 draw at Heerenveen (August 12)
Bobby Wood – 79 minutes in Hamburg’s 1-1 preseason draw vs. Cagliari (August 10)
William Yarbrough – 90 minutes in Club Leon’s 2-0 loss at Club Tijuana (August 12)
Gyasi Zardes – 72 minutes in LA Galaxy’s 1-1 draw vs. Colorado Rapids (August 13)
Graham Zusi – 90 minutes in Sporting KC’s 2-2 draw at FC Dallas (August 13)
Matt Besler (Sporting KC) – MCL Sprain, Not in 18 at FC Dallas
Mix Diskerud (New York City FC) – Not in 18 at Columbus Crew SC
Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids) – Quad Injury, Not in 18 at LA Galaxy
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – In 18, DNP at Middlesbrough
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur) – In 18, DNP at Everton
Edgar Castillo (Monterrey) – Fractured Patella, Not in 18 vs. Necaxa
Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Concussion, Not in 18 vs. Club Leon
Julian Green (Bayern Munich) – In 18, DNP vs. Borussia Dortmund (German Super Cup)
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough) – Not in 18 vs. Stoke City
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) – Not in 18 vs. Bayern Munich (German Super Cup)
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – Not in 18 at Everton