Let’s begin in Germany, where Christian Pulisic had two assists in as many matches for Borussia Dortmund. At midweek, the MNT midfielder came off the bench just after the hour mark and provided an immediate spark, when his low cross from the right found German international André Schürrle who tapped home an important goal in BVB’s first leg Europa League tie with RB Salzburg. The German club will head to Austria with a 2-1 deficit for leg two on Thursday.
WATCH: Pulisic Assist Keeps BVB in Europa League Tie
👀 @cpulisic_10 helpin' @BVB get back into things right after entering tonight's @EuropaLeague clash vs. @RedBullSalzburg! 👏 pic.twitter.com/OFEBQvnzm5— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) March 8, 2018
Playing Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt in the final game of the Bundesliga weekend on Sunday, Pulisic went the full 90 minutes and helped give Dortmund a 1-0 lead going into halftime when his cross from the right was turned into the back of the net by Frankfurt defender Marco Russ in the 11th minute. The visitors equalized in the 75th minute, but Pulisic helped restore a 2-1 lead two minutes later after a nice combination with Michi Batshuayi saw the Belgian international finish from the top of the area in the 77th minute of the 3-2 win.
WATCH: Pulisic Key in 3-2 Win vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Directly involved in two goals. Strong performance from @cpulisic_10 🇺🇸pic.twitter.com/gO2fThykKa— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) March 11, 2018
Back on this side of the Atlantic, Joe Corona hit home a spectacular, long-range effort to open the scoring in Club América’s 4-0 first leg CONCACACAF Champions league win against Panamanian side Tauro on Wednesday. Sitting just outside the area for a 19th minute corner kick, Corona pounced on clearance and hit a left-footed half-volley that pinged off the right post, evoking a joyful reaction out of Club América manager Miguel Herrera.
WATCH: Corona Golazo Lifts Club América in CCL
Level of difficulty: 💯 @JoeCorona15 golazo in the #CCL quarterfinals. pic.twitter.com/zlK3OSHdUV— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) March 7, 2018
In MLS, Gyasi Zardes continued his hot start with Columbus Crew SC, scoring twice to give Gregg Berhalter’s side a 3-2 home win against Montreal Impact. After Federico Higuain put Columbus ahead from the spot in the 12 minute, the Argentine’s free kick from the right found Artur, whose header rang off the cross bar before falling for Zardes to tap in from close range in the 15th minute. Montreal did climb back into the match, but Zardes secured all three points when he slammed a stoppage time penalty kick into the upper left corner.
WATCH: Zardes Increased Crew Goal Total to Three in Win vs. Montreal
Check out a few other notes from the past week:
- In England, right back DeAndre Yedlin received high marks in helping the Newcastle United backline keep a clean sheet in the club’s 3-0 win vs. Southampton. With the victory, the Magpies move a full five points above the relegation zone.
- On loan to 2.Bundesliga side Greuther Fürth, Julian Green scored his second goal of the season and first since Nov. 26 to open the scoring in the club’s 2-1 win at Kaiserslautern.
- Darlington Nagbe sprung Héctor Villalba down the right flank to tee up Josef Martinez’s opening goal in Atlanta United’s 3-1 win against D.C. United in front of an M.L.S. record 72,035 fans.
- A week after receiving his professional debut, U.S. youth international Tim Weah earned even more playing time for Paris Saint-Germain, entering for Argentine attacker Angel Di Maria in the 71st minute of the club’s 5-0 win against Metz.
- Despite finishing the match with only nine men, Kenny Saief and Anderlecht pulled out a 2-1 victory against Royal Antwerp on Sunday. Anderlecht played down a man from the third minute when Leander Dendoncker was shown red and then finished the match with only nine as Adrien Trebel was given his marching orders in the 81st.
A full rundown of how MNT players performed for their clubs this past week:
Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls) – 80 minutes in 2-0 CONCACAF Champions League first leg win at Club Tijuana (March 6); 26 substitute minutes in 4-0 win vs. Portland Timbers (March 10)
Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution) – 6 substitute minutes in 2-1 win vs. Colorado Rapids (March 10)
Paul Arriola (D.C. United) – 80 minutes in 2-1 loss at Atlanta United (March 11)
Matt Besler (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes in 4-3 win at Chicago Fire (March 10)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Monday, March 12 vs. Manchester City (4 p.m. ET; NBCSN)
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 90 minutes in 3-2 loss at Borussia Dortmund (March 11)
Joe Corona (Club América) – 70 minutes, GOAL in 4-0 CONCACAF Champions League first leg win vs. Tauro (March 6); 10 substitute minutes in 2-0 win vs. Club León (March 10)
Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC) – 90 minutes in 3-1 win vs. D.C. United (March 11)
Julian Green (Greuther Fürth) – 82 minutes, GOAL in 2-1 win vs. Kaiserslautern (March 10)
Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana) – 80 minutes, TWO YELLOW CARDS in 1-0 loss at Tigres UANL (March 10)
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen) – Monday, March 12 vs. Köln (3:30 p.m. ET; FS2)
Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy) – 77 minutes in 2-1 loss at New York City FC (March 11)
Weston McKennie (Schalke) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win at Mainz (March 9)
Matt Miazga (Vitesse) – 90 minutes in 5-1 loss at Utrecht (March 11)
Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta United FC) – 90 minutes, ASSIST in 3-1 win vs. D.C. United (March 11)
Ike Opara (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes in 4-3 win at Chicago Fire (March 10)
Keaton Parks (Benfica) – 7 substitute minutes in 2-0 win vs. Desportivo Alaves (March 11)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) – 29 substitute minutes, ASSIST in 2-1 UEFA Europa League first leg loss vs. RB Salzburg (March 8); 90 minutes, ASSIST in 3-2 win vs.
Eintracht Frankfurt (March 11)
Tim Ream (Fulham) – 90 minutes in 3-0 win vs. Sheffield United (March 6); 90 minutes in 2-1 win at Preston North End (March 10)
Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution) – 70 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Colorado Rapids (March 10)
Rubio Rubin (Club Tijuana) – 45 substitute minutes in 2-0 CONCACAF Champions League first leg loss vs. New York Red Bulls (March 6); 71 minutes in 1-0 loss at Tigres UANL (March 10)
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Royal Antwerp (March 11)
Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC) – 90 minutes in 3-2 win vs. Montreal Impact (March 10)
Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC) – 90 minutes in 3-2 win vs. Montreal Impact (March 10)
Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna) – 90 minutes in 3-2 win vs. Monterrey (March 11)
Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain) – 19 substitute minutes in 5-0 win vs. Metz (March 10)
Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town) – 21 substitute minutes in 0-0 draw vs. Swansea (March 10)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) – 90 minutes in 3-0 win vs. Southampton (March 10)
Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC) – 90 minutes, TWO GOALS in 3-2 win vs. Montreal Impact (March 10)
Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes in 4-3 win at Chicago Fire (March 10)
Injured/Did Not Play
John Brooks (Wolfsburg) – Knee injury; Not in 18 for 3-0 loss at Hoffenheim (March 10)
Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC) – Quad injury; Not in 18 for 2-1 loss vs. Minnesota United FC (March 10)
Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca) – Not in 18 for 5-0 loss at Cruz Azul (March 10)
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) – In 18, DNP in 1-0 loss at Queens Park Rangers (March 10)
Bill Hamid (Midtjylland) – In 18, DNP in 1-1 draw at Nordsjælland (March 11)
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Back injury; Not in 18 for 2-0 loss at Bayer Leverkusen (March 10)
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Not in 18 for 0-0 draw vs. Derby County (March 11)
Erik Palmer-Brown (Kortrijk) – In 18, DNP in 2-0 win vs. Sporting Charleroi (March 11)
Antonee Robinson (Bolton) – In 18, DNP in 1-1 draw at Reading (March 6) or 1-1 draw vs. Sheffield Wednesday (March 10)
Bobby Wood (Hamburg) – Not in 18 for 6-0 loss at Bayern Munich (March 10)
Walker Zimmerman (LAFC) – Right Hamstring Strain; Not in 18 for 5-1 win at Real Salt Lake (March 10)