USMNT REWIND: Aaronson Leads Red Bull Salzburg to Austrian Cup; Reyna, Adams to Face off in German Cup Final
The trophy collection for U.S. Men's National Team players just keeps growing and growing.
Midfielder Brenden Aaronson certainly did his best in helping Red Bull Salzburg to win the ÖFB Cup Final competition, connecting for the second goal in a 3-0 triumph against LASK at Venue Worthersee Stadion on Saturday. It was Salzburg’s third-consecutive Austrian Cup title and sixth in seven seasons.
Aaronson highlighted another memorable weekend in which three USMNT teammates enjoyed cup success as Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund) and Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig) reached the DFB-Pokal Final in Germany.
With Salzburg leading, 1-0, Aaronson gave the Austrian giants some breathing room in the 66th minute. Culminating a quick counterattack, the 20-year-old collected a pass from Enock Mwepu and fired a laser into the upper right corner from the top of the box. The goal was the 20-year-old attacker’s fifth of the season across all competitions and second in the cup.
Salzburg is directed by former USMNT midfielder and assistant coach Jesse Marsch who will take over the RB Leipzig coaching reins for the 2021-22 Bundesliga season.
If you are counting, four USMNT players have won domestic cup competitions this year. The list includes Barcelona's Sergiño Dest (Copa Del Rey), Manchester City's Zach Steffen (English League Cup) and Genk's Mark McKenzie (Belgian Cup).
That goes along with Jordan Siebatcheu clinching the Swiss Super League with BSC Young Boys last month and Weston McKennie helping Juventus to the Italian Super Cup in January.
A USMNT CUP FINAL SHOWDOWN
The DFB-Pokal final will showcase two USMNT teammates on May 13.
During a season of milestones and firsts with Borussia Dortmund, Reyna achieved another as he recorded for his first professional brace in a 5-0 home victory over Holstein Kiel semifinals on Saturday.
Reyna pulled off his heroics within a six-minute span in the opening half. He tallied his first goal in the 16th minute, firing home a Jadon Sancho feed from 16 yards. In the 22nd minute, he tapped in Raphael Guerreiro's deflected back-heel pass for a 2-0 advantage. Reyna, who has seven goals across all competitions this season, didn't get an opportunity for a hat-trick as he was subbed out at halftime.
The 18-year-old became the second USMNT player to score in a DFB-Pokal Semifinal, following Thomas Dooley who did so with Kaiserslautern in 1990. Dortmund also became the first team to tally five goals in a DFB-Pokal semifinal.
In a confrontation of USMNT teammates' sides on Friday, RB Leipzig (Tyler Adams) prevailed over host Werder Bremen (Josh Sargent) in extratime, 2-1. Sargent, who went the entire 120 minutes, had a golden opportunity to lift his team into the lead on the half hour, sent a point-blank shot wide right.
IN OTHER NEWS OF NOTE
After scoring the Blues' lone goal in their 1-1 draw at Real Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal last Tuesday, Christian Pulisic never got off the bench in Chelsea's 2-0 home win over USMNT teammate Antonee Robinson and Fulham on Saturday. Holding the away goal, Chelsea host Real Madrid in the decisive semifinal second leg on Wednesday (3 p.m. ET; Univision, TUDN, CBS Sports Network, Paramount+).
Weston McKennie and Juventus jumped from fifth to third place in Italy's Serie A behind a 2-1 win at Udinese. The American midfielder played 84 minutes as Ronaldo struck for two late goals to secure the three points. McKennie (22 years, 247 days) became the youngest USMNT player to reach 30 appearances in one Serie A season, surpassing Michael Bradley (24 years, 182 days) with Chievo in 2011-12.
THE BEST OF MLS
If D.C. United learned anything about Jackson Yueill Saturday, it’s not to let its guard down against the San Jose Earthquakes midfielder, especially late in either half. Yueill struck twice, belting home a first-time volley from outside the box in the 43rd minute to give the hosts a 3-1 advantage and then the final goal in the 85th minute in a 4-1 victory.
New York City FC captain and goalkeeper Sean Johnson registered his second successive clean sheet in a 2-0 win over 10-man Philadelphia Union on Saturday. Johnson hasn't allowed a goal in 270 minutes for NYCFC, which sits in second place in the Eastern Conference.
-- Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids) - 90 minutes in 1-0 win at Vancouver Whitecaps (May 2)
-- Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig; German Bundesliga) – In 18, DNP in 2-1 win at Werder Bremen in DFB Pokal Cup semifinals (April 30)
-- Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria Bundesliga) - 89 minutes and GOAL in 3-0 win vs. LASK in OFB Cup (May 1); 45 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Wolfsberger (April 27)
-- Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) - 59 minutes in 3-1 loss va. Cruz Azul in CCL (April 27)
-- Julian Araujo (Los Angeles Galaxy) - 90 minutes in 3-0 loss at Seattle Sounders (May 2)
-- Tyler Boyd (Sivasspor, Turkish Super Lig) -At Gaziantespor (Monday, 1:30 p.m.); 28 minuttes as a substitute in 1-0 win vs. Yeni Malatyaspor (April 29)
-- Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) - 90 minutes in 3-1 loss va. Cruz Azul in CCL (April 27)
-- Johnny Cardoso (Internacional; Brazilian Serie A) - Not in 18, DNP in 4-0 win vs. Deportivo Tachira (April 27)
-- Reggie Cannon (Boavista; Portuguese Primeira) – 90 minutes in 3-3 draw at Santa Clara (May 1)
-- Cameron Carter-Vickers (Bournemouth; English Championship) – 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Wycombe Wanderers (May 1)
-- Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona; Spain La Liga/Segunda B) - Not in 18, DNP in 3-2 win at Valencia (May 2); In 18, DNP in 2-1 loss vs. Granada (April 28)
-- Luca de la Torre (Heracles, Eredivisie) - 89 minutes in 4-0 win vs. VVV (May 1)
-- Sergiño Dest (Barcelona; Spain La Liga) – 75 mnutes in 3-2 win at Valencia (May 2); In 18, DNP in 2-1 loss vs. Granada (April 28)
-- Daryl Dike (Barnsley; English Championship) - 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Preston North End (May 1)
-- Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas; MLS) - Injured, DNP in 4-1 win vs. Portland Timbers (May 2)
-- Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen; French Ligue 2) – Not in 18, DNP in 0-0 draw vs. Auxerre (May 1)
-- Julian Green (Greuther Fürth; German Second Bundesliga) – 58 minutes in 3-2 win vs. Sandhausen (April 28)
-- Brad Guzan (Atlanta United) - 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at New England Revolution (May 1); 90 minutes in 3-0 loss vs. Philadelphia Union in CCL (April 27)
-- Bill Hamid (D.C. United; MLS) - Injured, DNP in 4-1 loss at San Jose Earthquakes (May 1)
-- Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town; English Championship) – 58 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Coventry City (May 1)
-- Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge; Belgian Pro League) - In 18, DNP in 2-2 draw vs. Anderlecht (May 2)
-- Sean Johnson (New York City FC; MLS) - 90 minutes and SHUTOUT in 2-0 win at Philadelphia Union (May 1)
-- Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids) 24 minutes as a substitute 1-0 win at Vancouver Whitecaps (May 2)
-- Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; MLS) - SUSPENDED, DNP in 3-0 loss at Seattle Sounders (May 2)
-- Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; MLS) - 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Chicago Fire FC (May 1)
-- Weston McKennie (Juventus; Italian Serie A) – 84 minutes in 2-1 win at Udinese (May 2)
-- Mark McKenzie (Genk; Belgian Pro League) - 1 minute as a substitute in 3-2 win at Antwerp (April 30)
-- Matt Miazga (Anderlecht; Belgian Pro League) - 90 minutes in 2-2 draw vs. Club Brugge in Jupiler League Championship Round (May 2)
-- Djordje Milhailovic (CF Montreal; MLS) - 90 minutes in 0-0 vs. Columbus Crew SC (May 1)
-- Alfredo Morales (New York City FC; MLS) - 66 minutes in 2-0 win at Philadelphia Union (May 1)
-- Chris Mueller (Orlando City; MLS) - 71 minutes and ASSIST in 3-0 win vs. FC Cincinnati (May 1)
-- Yunus Musah (Valencia; Spain La Liga) - In 18, DNP in 3-2 loss vs. Barcelona (May 2)
-- Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers; English Premier League) - At West Bromwich Albion (Monday, 1 p.m. ET)
-- Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien; Austria Bundesliga) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. Admira (April 27)
-- Andres Perea (Orlando City; MLS) - 30 minutes as a substitute in 3-0 win vs. FC Cincinnati (May 1)
-- Christian Pulisic (Chelsea; English Premier League) – In 18, DNP in 2-0 win vs. Fulham (May 1); 66 minutes and GOAL in 1-1 draw at Real Madrid in UCL (April 27)
-- Tim Ream (Fulham; English Premier League) - In 18, DNP in 2-0 loss at Chelsea (May 1)
-- Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund; German Bundesliga) – 45 minutes and TWO GOALS in 5-0 win over Holstein Kiel in DFB Pokal Cup (May 1)
-- Bryan Reynolds (AS Roma, Italy Serie A) - In 18, DNP in 2-0 loss at Sampdoria (May 2); Not in 18, DNP in 6-2 loss at Manchester United in UEL (April 29)
-- Antonee Robinson (Chelsea; English Premier League) - 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Chelsea (May 1)
-- Miles Robinson (Atlanta United) - 45 minutes as a substitute in 2-1 loss at New England Revolution (May 1); 90 minutes in 3-0 loss vs. Philadelphia Union in CCL (April 27)
-- Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; MLS) - 90 minutes in 3-0 win vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (May 2)
-- Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen; German Bundesliga) – 120 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. RB Leipzig in DFB Pokal Cup semifinals (April 30)
-- Jordan Siebatcheu (Swiss Super League) - 66 minutes in 2-1 loss at Servette (May 2)
-- Zack Steffen (Manchester City; English Premier League) – In 18, DNP in 2-0 win at Crystal Palace (May 1); In 18, DNP in 2-1 win at Paris St-Germain in UCL (April 28)
-- Matt Turner (New England Revolution; MLS) - 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Atlanta United (May 1)
-- Tim Weah (Lille; French Ligue 1) – In 18, DNP in 2-0 win at Nice (May 1)
-- DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray; Turkish Super Lig) - In 18, DNP in 2-0 win at Genclerbirligi (May 2); Injured, DNP in 1-0 win vs. Konyaspor (April 28)
-- Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; MLS) - TWO GOALS in 90 minutes in 4-1 win vs. D.C. United (May 1)
-- Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; MLS) - Injured, DNP in 0-0 at CF Montreal (May 1); Injured, DNP in 2-2 draw vs. Monterrey in CCL (April 29)
-- Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; MLS) - 90 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. CF Inter Miami (May 2)