In Toronto, Jozy Altidore found the back of the net in his third straight match, tallying twice in TFC’s 4-0 thumping of San Jose Earthquakes. With the Reds leading 1-0 at the break, Altidore got on the score sheet just after halftime when Victor Vazquez slipped him through the Earthquakes back line before the MNT forward tucked his effort past Andrew Tarbell and inside the lower right post.
Altidore made it 3-0 just before departing the match, heading home Steven Beitashour’s cross from the right in the 64th minute, putting the game out of reach and taking his season total to 13 goals – his personal best in M.L.S. play. Unbeaten in its last 10 matches, the win helped TFC clinch a playoff berth and open up a nine-point lead over New York City FC at the top of the Supporters Shield standings.
WATCH: Jozy Altidore Brace Helps TFC Punch Playoff Ticket
In Houston, MNT goalkeeper Tim Howard made three saves, including a spectacular, diving effort in second-half stoppage time to keep a clean sheet in Colorado Rapids 1-0 win at the Dynamo.
In Chicago, Sacha Kljestan celebrated his 32nd birthday by dishing an assist to Bradley Wright-Phillips as New York Red Bulls earned a 1-1 draw with the home standing Fire. After a Kljestan corner kick was cleared, the midfielder got on the end of a cross from Fidel Escobar and nodded back across goal where Wright-Phillps slotted past Matt Lampson in the eighth minute.
WATCH: Kljestan Records 14th Assist of the Season
Elsewhere, Dom Dwyer provided in his first assist as a member of Orlando City SC, turning in a low cross from the left to find Cyle Larin at the back post to open in the scoring in the 19th minute of the Lions’ 2-1 win at D.C. United.
WATCH: Dwyer Helps Orlando to 2-1 Away Win in D.C.
On Sunday, Matt Besler's quick thinking on a restart at midfield led to Sporting KC opening the scoring in the 19th minute of its 1-1 draw at Columbus Crew SC. After a foul just outside the center circle, Besler played his free kick over the top, where Crew SC defender Jonathan Mensaw whiffed on his clearance and allowed Cristian Lobato to finish past Zach Steffan. The assist was Besler's fourth of the season, a career high for the center back.
WATCH: Besler Helps Sporting KC Earn Point in Columbus
To the south, Atlanta United FC opened the brand-new Mercedez-Benz Stadium with an emphatic 3-0 win against FC Dallas. Defender Greg Garza capped the scoring, getting on the end of a penetraining ball into the box from Héctor Villalba, and aided by a dummy from Josef Martinez, before finishing from close range in the 68th minute. At the other end of the field, Brad Guzan made two saves to keep his second clean sheet since joining the club in July.
WATCH: Garza Tallies Second Goal of the Season
In the northwest, Gyasi Zardes bagged his second goal in as many games, heading home Romain Alessandrini's cross from the right in the 25th of LA Galaxy's 1-1 draw at Seattle Sounders FC.
- Both defender Geoff Cameron and forward Jordan Morris departed their weekend matches early with hamstring injuries. Cameron started in Stoke City’s 2-2 draw against Manchester United, but left the match at halftime, while Morris exited Seattle Sounders FC's 1-1 draw vs. LA Galaxy in the 61st minute. U.S. fans will hope the pair is able to recover in time for the MNT's important World Cup Qualifiers vs. Panama and Trinidad & Tobago next month.
- Meanwhile, DeAndre Yedlin returned to the Newcastle United matchday squad after missing the Magpies first four matches of the Premier League season with a hamstring injury.
A full rundown of how U.S. MNT players performed for their clubs this weekend:
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