U.S. Men’s National Team players returned for the first full week of club duty following the triumph in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Along with the trophy winners, a handful of U.S. internationals kicked off their seasons in Europe.
The week began south of the border when Paul Arriola tallied his first goal of the new campaign in Club Tijuana’s 1-0 Copa MX win against Puebla on Tuesday. The game-winner came in the seventh minute, when Arriola got on to the end of a corner kick from the left and deftly looped a header into the upper right corner. The goal stood up and handed new Tijuana boss Eduardo Coudet his first win as Xolos’ head coach.
WATCH: Arriola Scores His First of the Campaign for Tijuana
The M.L.S. All-Star Game took center stage Wednesday and it was U.S. international Dom Dwyer that tallied the late equalizer against Real Madrid at a sold-out Soldier Field. Trailing 1-0 in the 86th minute, Diego Valeri’s corner kick from the right found Dax McCarty, whose header from the six-yard-box clanged off the left post before pinging around the area and falling for Dwyer whose follow-up header crept inside the right post. The equalizer sent the game to penalty kicks, where the All-Stars fell 4-2 to the Spanish giants.
Along with Dwyer and McCarty, a total of 10 current U.S. internationals featured in the showcase event: Kellyn Acosta, Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Greg Garza, Matt Hedges, Tim Howard and Graham Zusi.
WATCH: Dwyer Tallies for M.L.S. All-Stars Against Real Madrid
The curtain-raiser for the German campaign took place Saturday, as Christian Pulisic and defending DFB-Pokal champs Borussia Dortmund faced off with reigning Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup. Fresh off a full preseason with BVB, Pulisic wasted little time finding his first goal of the new season when he dispossessed Javier Martinez at the back and finished coolly past Sven Ulreich in the 12th minute. The two sides played to a 2-2 draw before Bayern prevailed 5-4 on penalty kicks.
WATCH: Pulisic Scores Opening Goal in German Super Cup
Later on, the Seattle Sounders FC forward tandem of Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris had a field day in the club’s 4-0 win at Minnesota United FC. The pair was involved in all four goals, with Dempsey providing an assist on Will Bruin’s ninth-minute opener before finding the back of the net himself in the 18th minute.
Morris added to the lead after the break, bagging his third goal of the season in the 71st minute, before Dempsey capped the scoring two minutes later. The U.S. MNT’s joint all-time leading goal scorer recorded his 11th multi-goal game in M.L.S. and second in his last three appearances for Sounders FC.
WATCH: Dempsey, Morris Lead Sounders FC to 4-0 Win
A few other notes from this past week:
- Sacha Kljestan assisted on both goals in New York Red Bulls’ 3-2 defeat to New York City FC, taking his total to 12 on the season.
- Benny Feilhaber converted a second-half penalty kick to help Sporting KC earn a 1-1 draw against Atlanta United.
- Defender Tim Ream went the full 90 minutes as Fulham kicked off its EFL Championship campaign with a 1-1 draw against Norwich City.
- Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath and Club Brugge were knocked out of UEFA Champions League qualifying after falling 2-0 to Turkish side Basaksehir. They followed the defeat up with a 3-1 league win against Eupen on Sunday.
- On the injury front, defender DeAndre Yedlin was diagnosed with a hamstring injury, putting him in doubt for the start of the season with Newcastle United as well as the U.S. MNT’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras.
A full rundown of how MNT players performed for their clubs:
Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution) – 78 minutes in 4-1 loss at Chicago Fire (Aug. 5)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at D.C. United
Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 1-0 Copa MX win vs. Puebla (Aug. 1); 90 minutes in 3-0 loss vs. Monterrey (Aug. 4)
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union) – 90 minutes in 3-1 win vs. FC Dallas (Aug. 5)
Matt Besler (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Atlanta United FC (Aug. 6)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at D.C. United (Aug. 5)
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – 61 minutes in 3-0 loss vs. Monterrey (Aug. 4)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) – 90 minutes, TWO GOALS, ASSIST in 4-0 win at Minnesota United FC (Aug. 5)
Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC) – 73 minutes in 2-1 loss at Montreal Impact (Aug. 5)
Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC) – 45 substitute minutes, GOAL in 1-1 draw vs. Atlanta United FC
Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca) – 90 minutes in 3-2 loss at Lobos BUAP (Aug. 5)
Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Sporting KC (Aug. 6)
Bill Hamid (D.C. United) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Toronto FC (Aug. 5)
Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 3-1 loss at Philadelphia Union (Aug. 5)
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge) – 90 minutes in 2-0 UEFA Champions League Qualifying loss at Basaksehir (Aug. 2); 90 minutes in 3-1 win vs. Eupen (Aug. 6)
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) – 90 minutes in 3-3 draw vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Aug. 5)
Sean Johnson (New York City FC) - 90 minutes in 3-2 win vs. New York Red Bulls (Aug. 6)
Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy) – 90 minutes in 3-1 loss at Portland Timbers (Aug. 6)
Perry Kitchen (Randers) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Hobro (Aug. 5)
Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls) – 90 minutes, TWO ASSISTS in 3-2 loss vs. New York City FC (Aug. 6)
Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire) – 90 minutes in 4-1 win vs. New England Revolution (Aug. 5)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) – 76 minutes, GOAL in 4-0 win at Minnesota United FC (Aug. 5)
Justin Morrow (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at D.C. United (Aug. 5)
Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana) – 90 minutes in 1-0 Copa MX win vs. Puebla (Aug. 1); 90 minutes in 3-0 loss vs. Monterrey (Aug. 4)
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) – 90 minutes in 3-1 win vs. LA Galaxy (Aug. 6)
Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union) – 64 minutes in 3-1 win vs. FC Dallas (Aug. 5)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) – 89 minutes, GOAL in German Super Cup vs. Bayern Munich; 2-2 draw (4-5 PK loss) on Aug. 5
Tim Ream (Fulham) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Norwich City (Aug. 5)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. Houston Dynamo (Aug. 5)
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC) – 90 minutes in 4-0 win at Minnesota United FC (Aug. 5)
Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution) – 90 minutes in 4-1 loss at Chicago Fire (Aug. 5)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Columbus Crew SC (Aug. 5)
Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) – 90 minutes in 3-1 loss at Portland Timbers (Aug. 6)
Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas) – 45 substitute minutes in 3-1 loss at Philadelphia Union (Aug. 5)
INJURED/DID NOT PLAY
Kenny Acosta (FC Dallas) – In 18, DNP in 3-1 loss at Philadelphia Union (Aug. 5)
DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo) – Not in 18 for 0-0 draw at Real Salt Lake (Aug. 5)
Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas) In 18, DNP in 3-1 loss at Philadelphia Union (Aug. 5)
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) – In 18, DNP in 1-1 draw vs. Derby County (Aug. 4)
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – In 18, DNP in 1-0 win vs. Millwall (Aug. 4)
Sebatian Lletget (LA Galaxy) – Foot Surgery; Not in 18 for 3-1 loss at Portland Timbers (Aug. 6)
Matt Miazga (Vitesse) – In 18, DNP in 1-1 draw (2-4 PK) loss to Feyenoord in the Dutch Super Cup (Aug. 5)
Kenny Saief (Gent) – Hernia Surgery; Not in 18 for 3-1 UEFA Europa League Qualifying defeat to Rheindorf Altach (Aug. 3) or 1-0 loss vs. Royal Antwerp (Aug. 6)
Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna); In 18, DNP in 1-1 draw at Morelia (Aug. 4)
Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) – In 18, DNP in 1-1 draw vs. Atlanta United FC (Aug. 6)