USMNT REWIND: Ferreira, Arriola Goals Lift FC Dallas; Pulisic Bags Assist; Roldan and Morris win CCLJames Sands and Rangers Through to Europa League Final; Aaron Long Scores Third of the Season for RBNY
Jesús Ferreira continued his hot start to the MLS season and Paul Arriola chipped in with an insurance goal for FC Dallas on Saturday.
The U.S. Men’s National Team pair produced their magic in the second half of Dallas' 2-0 home win at Toyota Stadium.
Ferreira's seventh goal of the season - which tied him for the league lead - lifted the hosts into the lead in the 65th minute. After a nice build-up, Ferreira finished Ema Twumasi's cross from the right with a 14-yard shot into the bottom right corner. Ferreira, who has 25 MLS goals in 91 appearances, surpassed his father David's total of 24.
The 2010 MLS Most Valuable Player, David Ferreira did his scoring in 113 matches with Dallas from 2009-13.
Arriola gave Dallas some much-needed breathing room in the 88th minute. Jader Orian played a ball to Nanu, who crossed it from the right flank to Arriola at the back post, where the USMNT winger one-timed his shot past goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland for his second goal of the campaign.
Christian Pulisic set up Chelsea's second goal in its 2-2 home draw with Wolverhampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Earning his first start since March 5, the 23-year-old gathered a deflected Wolves pass in the midfield and quickly sent the ball to Romelu Lukaku, who struck his second of the game in as many minutes from the top of the box to increase the advantage to 2-0 in the 58th.
The Blues, however, could not hold the lead, surrendering a 79th minute strike to Trincao, before Conor Coady found the Wolves’ equalizer in the seventh minute of second half stoppage time.
Sebastian Lletget collected his second assist of the MLS season in the New England Revolution's 2-2 home draw with the Columbus Crew on Saturday.
The 29-year-old midfielder picked up a loose ball on the left flank and sent a curling cross to Adam Buksa, who headed home from six yards, to give the Revs a 2-0 advantage in the 82nd minute.
THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris celebrated the Seattle Sounders' Concacaf Champions League triumph as the club became the first MLS side to win the competition on Wednesday, May 4.
The Sounders recorded an emphatic 3-0 triumph over Pumas UNAM in the CCL Final second leg before a home-record crowd of 68,741 at Lumen Field in Seattle to win the aggregate-goal series, 5-2.
Although the USMNT duo did not figure in the scoring during the second leg, they played key roles in the team's march to the confederation title, each earning a place on the CCL Best XI. Both players appeared in all eight matches during the tournament run, with Roldan contributing one goal and five assists, while Morris registered a goal and three assists.
The Sounders will represent Concacaf in the FIFA Club World Cup next year.
FINDING THE NET AGAIN
It's only May, yet center back Aaron Long already has three goals this year, two in MLS action. The New York Red Bulls' captain latest tally came in a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers at home on Saturday.
The 2018 MLS defender of the year equalized in the 67th minute. Tom Edwards sent in a corner kick from the left side that was headed down by Dylan Nealis to the feet of Long, who fired a shot into the near corner.
Long, who has scored 10 league goals in his career, also has a goal in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup this season.
INTO THE FINAL
James Sands could earn a second title on as many continents in five months. Sands' Rangers defeated RB Leipzig, 3-2, on aggregate, to reach the Europa League Final after producing a 3-1 home win on Wednesday, May 4. Rangers dropped a 1-0 road decision at Leipzig on April 28.
Sands, a member of the 2021 MLS Cup champion New York City FC that was secured on Dec. 11, and midfielder Tyler Adams (Leipzig) did not feature in the match.
Rangers will meet Eintracht Frankfurt for the title in Seville, Spain on Saturday, May 14. The winner will qualify for the group stage of the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League.
Sands played the full 90 minutes in Rangers’ 2-0 win over Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday, May 8.
SOME TOUGH INJURIES
Atlanta United center back Miles Robinson suffered a non-contact injury to his left leg in the 18th minute of his team's 4-1 home win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday. Robinson was stretchered off in the 14th minute. On Monday, Atlanta United confirmed Robinson suffered a ruptured achilles on the play, with the veteran center back set to undergo surgery on Monday afternoon.
Swiss Super League scoring leader Jordan Pefok was subbed out in the 34th minute after incurring an apparent injury in Young Boys' 3-1 defeat at Lugano on Saturday.
Pefok has 22 goals, four more than Zurich's Assan Ceesay, with three matches left. He has 27 across all competitions.
-- Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg; Austrian Bundesliga - 45 minutes as a substitute in 4-0 win vs. Wolfsberger AC (May 8)
-- Kellyn Acosta (Los Angeles FC; MLS) - 90 minutes in 2-2 draw vs. Philadelphia Union (May 7)
-- Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig; German Bundesliga) – 19 minutes as a substitute in 4-0 win vs. Augsburg (May 8); In 18, DNP in 3-1 loss at Rangers in Europa League (May 5); In 18, DNP in 3-1 loss at Borussia Mönchengladbach (May 2)
-- Paul Arriola (FC Dallas; MLS) - 90 minutes, GOAL, in 2-0 win vs. Seattle Sounders (May 7)
-- Cole Bassett (Feyenoord; Dutch Eredivisie) - In 18, DNP in 2-2 draw vs. PSV (May 8)
-- George Bello (Arminia Bielefeld; Bundesliga) - 13 minutes as a substitute in 2-1 loss at Bochum (May 6)
-- John Brooks (Wolfsburg; Germany Bundesliga) - 90 minutes in 1-0 win at Köln (May 7)
-- Gianluca Busio (Venezia; Italy Serie A) – In 18, DNP in 4-3 win vs. Bologna (May 8); 27 minutes as a substitute in 2-1 loss at Salernitana (May 5)
-- Reggie Cannon (Boavista; Portuguese Primeira) - 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Vitoria Guimaraes (May 6)
-- Johnny Cardoso (Internacional; Brazilian Serie A) – In 18, DNP in 1-1 draw at Juventude (May 8); In 18, DNP in 1-1 draw at Guairena in Copa Sudamericana (May 5)
-- Cameron Carter-Vickers; (Celtic; Scottish Premiership) - 90 minutes in 4-1 win vs. Hearts (May 7)
-- Justin Che (Hoffenheim; Bundesliga) – In 18, DNP in 4-2 loss vs. Bayer Leverkusen (May 7)
-- Luca de la Torre (Heracles; Dutch Eredivisie) - Not in 18, DNP in 2-0 loss at Willem II (May 7)
-- Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; MLS) - 84 minutes, GOAL, in 2-0 win vs. Seattle Sounders (May 7)
-- Nicholas Gioacchini (Montpellier; French Ligue 1) - 4 minutes as a substitute in 2-1 loss at Clermont (May 8)
-- Jonathan Gómez (Real Sociedad B; Spain Segunda Division) - Not in 18, DNP in 2-1 loss at Fuenlabrada (May 7)
-- Julian Green (Greuther Fürth; German Bundesliga) - 19 minutes as a substitute in 3-1 loss vs. Borussia Dortmund (May 7)
-- Matthew Hoppe (Mallorca; Spanish Primera) - In 18, DNP in 6-2 loss vs. Granada (May 7)
-- Ethan Horvath (Nottingham Forest; English Championship) - In 18, DNP in 1-1 draw at Hull City (May 7); In 18, DNP in 1-0 loss at AFC Bournemouth (May 3)
-- Sean Johnson (New York City FC; MLS) - 90 minutes, SHUTOUT, in 0-0 draw vs. Sporting Kansas City (May 7)
-- Richy Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven; Dutch Eredivisie) - In 18, DNP in 2-2 draw at Feyenoord (May 8)
-- Sebastian Lletget (New England Revolution; MLS) - 84 minutes, ASSIST, in 2-2 draw vs. Columbus Crew (May 7)
-- Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; MLS) - 90 minutes, GOAL, in 1-1 draw vs. Portland Timbers (May 7)
-- Mark McKenzie (Genk; Belgian Pro League) - 90 minutes in 2-2 draw at Sporting Charleroi (May 6)
-- Matt Miazga (Alaves; Spain La Liga) - In 18, DNP in 4-0 loss at Celta Vigo (May 7)
-- Shaq Moore (Tenerife; Spain Segunda Division) - At Tenerife (Monday, 12:15 p.m. ET)
-- Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; MLS) - Not in 18, DNP in 2-0 loss at FC Dallas (May 7); 89 minutes in 3-0 win vs. Pumas UNAM in CCL (May 4)
-- Yunus Musah (Valencia; Spain La Liga) - 66 minutes in 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao (May 7)
-- Erik Palmer-Brown (Troyes; French Ligue 1) - 90 minutes in 2-2 draw at PSG (May 8)
-- Kevin Paredes (Wolfsburg; Bundesliga) - Not in 18, DNP in 1-0 win at Köln (May 7)
-- Jordan Pefok (Young Boys; Swiss Super League) - 34 minutes in 3-1 loss at Lugano (May 7)
-- Ricardo Pepi (Augsburg; Bundesliga) - 32 minutes as a substitute in 4-0 loss at RB Leipzig (May 8)
-- Christian Pulisic (Chelsea; English Premier League) - 90 minutes, ASSIST, in 2-2 draw vs. Wolverhampton (May 7)
-- Tim Ream (Fulham; English Championship) - 90 minutes in 4-0 loss at Sheffield United (May 7); 90 minutes in 7-0 win vs. Luton Town (May 2)
-- Antonee Robinson (Fulham; English Championship) - 90 minutes in 4-0 loss at Sheffield United (May 7); 90 minutes in 7-0 win vs. Luton Town (May 2)
-- Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; MLS) - 18 minutes in 4-1 win vs. Chicago Fire (May 7)
-- Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; MLS) - 27 minutes as a substitute in 2-0 loss at FC Dallas (May 7); 89 minutes in 3-0 win vs. Pumas UNAM in CCL (May 4)
-- James Sands (Rangers, Scottish Premiership) - 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Dundee United (May 8); In 18, DNP in 3-1 win vs. RB Leipzig in Europa League (May 5)
-- Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach; Bundesliga) - 4 minutes as a substitute in 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt (May 8); 1 minute as a substitute in 3-1 win vs. RB Leipzig (May 2)
-- Gaga Slonina (Chicago Fire; MLS) - 90 minutes in 4-1 loss at Atlanta United (May 7)
-- Zack Steffen (Manchester City; English Premier League) - In 18, DNP in 5-0 win vs. Newcastle United (May 8); In 18, DNP in 3-1 loss at Real Madrid in UCL (May 4)
-- Tanner Tessmann (Venezia; Italy Serie A) - In 18, DNP in 4-3 win vs. Bologna (May 8); In 18, DNP in 2-1 loss at Salernitana (May 5)
-- Matt Turner (New England Revolution; MLS) - 90 minutes in 2-2 draw vs. Columbus Crew (May 7)
-- Sam Vines (Royal Antwerp; Belgian Pro League) - 90 minutes in 4-0 loss vs. Anderlecht (May 8)
-- DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami CF; MLS) - 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Charlotte FC (May 7)
-- Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; MLS) - 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Colorado Rapids (May 7)
-- Tim Weah (Lille; French Ligue 1) - 90 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. Monaco (May 6)
-- Haji Wright (Antalyaspor; Turkish Super Lig) - vs. Konyaspor (Monday, 1 p.m. ET)
-- Gyasi Zardes (Colorado Rapids) - 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at San Jose Earthquakes (May 7)
-- Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; MLS) - 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Real Salt Lake (May 8)