U.S. MNT players had one last bit of business to take care of before heading to Denver for the start of the team’s June World Cup Qualifying camp. Here’s how the 27-player roster left things with their clubs before heading to the Mile High City.
In Germany, midfielder Christian Pulisic added the first professional piece of hardware to his trophy cabinet on Saturday as he earned the game-winning penalty kick in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 DFB-Pokal Final victory against MNT teammate Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt.
A halftime substitute in the match, Pulisic made his minutes count when he got on the end of Raphaël Guerreiro’s lobbed ball into the box before being taken down by Frankfurt goalkeeper Lucas Hradecky in the 66th minute. Referee Deniz Aytekin immediately pointed to the spot and teammate Pierre Emerick Aubameyang coolly finished what would stand up as the game-winning goal.
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If this story sounds familiar, it’s because the 18-year-old midfielder also won a game-winning penalty kick for Dortmund in their Bundesliga finale last week, a 4-3 victory against Werder Bremen which secured BVB a third-place finish and spot in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Chandler started the match for Frankfurt and departed the match in the 72nd minute, shortly after his side fell behind.
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With the win, Pulisic becomes just the second U.S. MNT player to appear in and win the DFB-Pokal Final after Thomas Dooley helped Kaiserslautern to the 1989-90 title. At 18 years old, he’s also the youngest MNT player to win a major European club trophy.
In M.L.S. play, Dax McCarty anchored the Chicago Fire midfield in a 2-1 victory against FC Dallas on Thursday, helping the club to an impressive four-game winning streak ahead of World Cup Qualifying camp. The Fire now sit second in the Eastern Conference behind only Michael Bradley and an even hotter Toronto FC side who pounded Columbus Crew SC in a 5-0 shutout to clinch the 2017 Trillium Cup on Friday. The win was made more impressive by the fact that the Reds earned the result without the suspended Jozy Altidore and injured Sebastian Giovinco, running their unbeaten streak to eight matches in the process.
Out west, Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Seattle Sounders FC earned a 1-0 home victory in their Cascadia Cup clash with Darlington Nagbe and Portland Timbers on Saturday.
Meanwhile, two MNT goalkeepers will come to camp after earning clean sheets at the weekend. Tim Howard made one save in Colorado Rapids’ 1-0 win against Sporting KC, while Nick Rimando was called into action on three attempts as Real Salt Lake also earned a 1-0 victory against Philadelphia Union.
Here’s a rundown of how the 27-player MNT roster performed this weekend:
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) – Sunday, May 28 vs. Houston Dynamo (8 p.m. ET – FS1)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) – Not in 18; Suspended for 5-0 win vs. Columbus Crew SC (May 26)
DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo) – Sunday, May 28 vs. FC Dallas (8 p.m. ET – FS1)
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union) – 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Real Salt Lake (May 27)
Matt Besler (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Colorado Rapids (May 27)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 5-0 win vs. Columbus Crew SC (May 26)
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 72 minutes in 2-1 DFB Pokal Final loss to Borussia Dortmund (May 27)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Portland Timbers (May 27)
Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – Sunday, May 28 vs. FC Dallas (8 p.m. ET – FS1)
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Sporting KC (May 27)
Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. FC Dallas (May 25)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) – 89 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Portland Timbers (May 27)
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) – 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Seattle Sounders FC (May 28)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) – 45 substitute minutes, DREW PENALTY in 2-1 DFB Pokal Final win vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (May 27)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Philadelphia Union (May 27)
Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. Colorado Rapids (May 27)
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Set to join Atlanta United FC in July), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL)
Defenders: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG)
Midfielders: Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER)
Forward: Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER)