A red-hot Jesús Ferreira continued to fill the net with two quick goals to turn a potential loss into a victory for FC Dallas on Saturday.
Gio Reyna, Weston McKennie and Sergiño Dest enjoyed some memorable moments in their respective UEFA Champions League openers.
Gyasi Zardes reached another Major League Soccer milestone.
Ricardo Pepi and Jordan Morris set up teammates in shutout wins.
And not every member of the U.S. Men's National Team's pool had an opportunity to play as the English Premier League and Championship and Scottish Premiership called off games this past weekend after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
18 AND COUNTING
Jesús Ferreira tallied off two free kicks within a four-minute span to rally FC Dallas to a 2-1 comeback victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday, Sept. 10, while tying the club’s season goal-scoring record (18). He scored the equalizer in the 78th minute after Franco Escobar fouled Marco Farfan on the outside the left side of the penalty area. FCD and USMNT teammate Paul Arriola caught the Galaxy asleep, tapping a quick free kick to Ferreira in the box who fired it home from four yards out to equalize.
In the 82nd minute, Ferreira drilled home a free kick from the right side into the lower left corner for the game-winner. The 21-year-old forward tied Jason Kreis (1999) and Kenny Cooper (2008) for the club’s single-season goals record with three games remaining. He also moved into a third-place tie in FC Dallas career scoring (36 goals in 111 matches).
Three of Arriola's five assists have set up Ferreira goals this season.
Ferreira is fourth in the MLS Golden Boot race, trailing Nashville SC's Hany Mukhtar (22) by four goals. Dallas has three games remaining in the regular season.
A TERRIFIC TUESDAY
The opening day of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, Sept. 6 was a memorable one for three players.
Gio Reyna started Borussia Dortmund’s game on the bench, but he helped two teammates finish goals in a 3-0 home win vs. FC Copenhagen in Group G. Reyna, who replaced the injured Thorgan Hazard in the 23rd minute, became the first USMNT player to record two assists in a UCL match.
Demonstrating his versatility, Reyna set up teammates from both sides of the penalty area. On the left side, Reyna flipped a back pass to Raphael Guerreiro, who tallied from 10 yards for a 2-0 advantage in the 42nd minute. Reyna set up the final goal in the 82nd minute, sending a pass from the right side of the box to Jude Bellingham, who scored from 12 yards.
Weston McKennie, a halftime substitute for Fabio Miretti, headed home a corner kick from seven yards in the 53rd minute of Juventus’ 2-1 loss at Paris St-Germain in its Group H encounter in Paris. It was the former FC Dallas product and midfielder’s third UCL goal, moving him one behind DaMarcus Beasley for third among USMNT players. Leandro Paredes started the sequence with a short corner to Filip Kostic, who whipped in the ball from the left side for the U.S. international to head home at the back post.
September 6, 2022
It was McKennie’s 10th goal for Juve across all competitions.
Sergiño Dest made his A.C. Milan debut in its 1-1 Group E draw at RB Salzburg in Austria. He replaced David Calabria in the 57th minute. Dest joined Milan on loan from Barcelona at the close of the summer transfer window.
A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION
Ricardo Pepi, on loan from Augsburg, made his debut for Groningen a memorable one in the Dutch Eredivisie, assisting on the winning goal in a 1-0 victory at Cambuur on Sunday, Sept. 11.
September 12, 2022
Coming on for Florian Krüger at the start of the second half, the former FC Dallas forward intercepted a pass at midfield and sprung Tomas Suslov, who scored from the top of the box in the 71st minute.
Matt Turner's first game in the Arsenal nets was a memorable one, backstopping the English Premier League side to a 2-1 win at FC Zürich in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, Sept. 8.
The former New England Revolution goalkeeper made two saves, denying Ivan Santini on a stoppage-time header to secure the victory.
At halftime, the Gunners learned that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away. The team returned to the field wearing black armbands and a minute's silence was held before the second-half kickoff.
For the fifth time in his 10-year MLS career, Gyasi Zardes hit double figures in goals, helping the Colorado Rapids' to a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, Sept. 10.
September 11, 2022
Zardes scored a 21st-minute equalizer and his 10th goal of the campaign, drilling a Felipe Gutiérrez feed past goalkeeper Cody Cropper. He has nine goals with the Rapids and one with the Columbus Crew this season.
Zardes also has at least 10 goals 2014, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Jordan Morris assisted on the Seattle Sounders' second goal in their 3-0 home triumph over Austin FC on Saturday, Sept. 10. With Seattle enjoying a 1-0 lead, Morris took a pass from Alex Roldan and set up Raul Ruidiaz’s second goal of the match, near the penalty spot in the 34th minute. Morris has four assists this season.
September 11, 2022
The death of Queen Elizabeth II led to all weekend matches in the English Premier League and Championship and Scottish Premiership to be postponed as a show or respect. Those matches will made up later this season. That affected 15 players from the USMNT pool:
English Premier League: Brendon Aaronson and Tyler Adams (both Leeds United), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Chris Richards (Crystal Palace), Antonee Robinson and Tim Ream (both Fulham), Matt Turner (Arsenal).
English Championship: Matthew Hoppe and Zack Steffen (both Middlesbrough), Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Josh Sargent (Norwich City), Auston Trusty (Birmingham City).
Scottish Premiership: Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic), James Sands and Malik Tillman (both Rangers).
-- Kellyn Acosta (Los Angeles FC; MLS) - 45 minutes as a substitute in 2-1 loss at FC Dallas (Sept. 10)
-- Paul Arriola (FC Dallas; MLS) - 90 minutes, ASSIST, in 2-1 win vs. Los Angeles FC (Sept. 10)
-- Cole Bassett (Fortuna Sittard; Dutch Eredivisie) - In 18, DNP in 1-1 draw at NEC (Sept. 10)
-- George Bello (Arminia Bielefeld; 2. Bundesliga) - 3 minutes as a substitute in 1-0 win at Nürnberg (Sept. 9)
-- John Brooks (Benfica; Portuguese Primeira) - In 18, DNP in 1-0 win at Famalicão (Sept. 10); In 18, DNP in 2-0 win vs. Maccabi Haifa in UCL (Sept. 6)
-- Gianluca Busio (Venezia; Italian Serie B) - Not in 18, DNP in 2-0 loss at SPAL (Sept. 11)
-- Reggie Cannon (Boavista; Portuguese Primeira) - 45 minutes in 2-1 win at Arouca (Sept. 11); 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Pacos de Ferreira (Sept. 5)
-- Johnny Cardoso (Internacional; Brazilian Serie A) – 60 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Cuiaba (Sept. 10)
-- Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic; Scottish Premiership) - 90 minutes in 3-0 loss vs. Real Madrid in UCL (Sept. 6)
-- Konrad de la Fuente (Olympiakos; Greek Super League) - 12 minutes as a substitute in 1-1 draw vs. Volos NFC (Sept. 11); Not in 18, DNP in 2-1 loss at Nantes in UEFA Europa League (Sept. 8)
-- Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo; Spain La Liga) - In 18, DNP in 4-1 loss at Atletico Madrid (Sept. 10)
- Sergiño Dest (A.C. Milan; Italy Serie A) - In 18, DNP in 2-1 win at Sampdoria (Sept. 10); 33 minutes as a substitute in 1-1 draw at RB Salzburg in UCL (Sept. 6)
-- Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; MLS) - 90 minutes, TWO GOALS, in 2-1 win vs. Los Angeles FC (Sept. 10)
-- Nicholas Gioacchini (Orlando City; MLS) - 45 minutes in 5-1 loss at Philadelphia Union (Sept. 10); Not in 18, DNP in 3-0 win vs. Sacramento Republic FC in U.S. Open Cup (Sept. 7)
-- Matthew Hoppe (Middlesbrough; English Championship) - In 18, DNP in 1-0 win vs. Sunderland (Sept. 5)
-- Sean Johnson (New York City FC; MLS) - 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Charlotte FC (Sept. 10); 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. FC Cincinnati (Sept. 7)
-- Sebastian Lletget (FC Dallas; MLS) - 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Los Angeles FC (Sept. 10)
-- Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; MLS) - 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. New England Revolution (Sept. 10)
-- Weston McKennie (Juventus; Italy Serie A) - 84 minutes in 2-2 draw vs. Salernitana (Sept. 11); 45 minutes as a substitute, GOAL, in 2-1 loss at PSG in UCL (Sept. 6)
-- Mark McKenzie (Genk; Belgian Pro League) - 90 minutes in 2-1 win at Union Saint-Gilloise (Sept. 11)
-- Matt Miazga (FC Cincinnati; MLS) - 73 minutes in 6-0 win vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Sept. 10); 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at New York City FC (Sept. 7)
-- Djordje Milhailovic (CF Montreal; MLS) - 90 minutes in 2-2 draw vs. Columbus Crew (Sept. 9)
-- Shaq Moore (Nashville SC; MLS) - 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. LA Galaxy (Sept. 10)
-- Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; MLS) - 76 minutes, ASSIST, in 3-0 win vs. Austin FC (Sept. 10)
-- Yunus Musah (Valencia; Spain La Liga) - 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at Rayo Vallecano (Sept. 10)
-- Erik Palmer-Brown (Troyes; French Ligue 1) - 66 minutes in 1-0 loss at Lens (Sept. 9)
-- Kevin Paredes (Wolfsburg; Bundesliga) - In 18, DNP in 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt (Sept. 10)
-- Jordan Pefok (Union Berlin; Bundesliga) - 75 minutes in 1-0 win at Köln (Sept. 11); Injured, DNP in 1-0 loss vs. Union Saint-Gilloise in UEFA Europa League (Sept. 8)
-- Ricardo Pepi (Groningen; Dutch Eredivisie) - 45 minutes as a substitute, ASSIST, in 1-0 win at Cambuur (Sept. 11)
-- Christian Pulisic (Chelsea; English Premier League) - 15 minutes in 1-0 loss at Dinamo Zagreb in UCL (Sept. 6)
-- Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund; Bundesliga) - 31 minutes as a substitute in 3-0 loss at RB Leipzig (Sept. 10); 67 minutes, TWO ASSISTS, as a substitute in 3-0 win vs. FC Copenhagen (Sept. 6)
-- Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo; Belgian Pro League) - Not in 18, DNP in 2-1 win vs. Anderlecht (Sept. 11)
-- James Sands (Rangers; Scottish Premiership) - 90 minutes in 4-0 loss at Ajax in UCL (Sept. 7)
-- Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach; Bundesliga) - 90 minutes in 0-0 draw at Freiburg (Sept. 11)
-- Gaga Slonina (Chicago Fire; MLS) - 90 minutes in 3-1 win vs. Inter Miami CF (Sept. 10)
-- Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough; English Championship) - Injured, DNP in 1-0 win vs. Sunderland (Sept. 5)
-- Malik Tillman (Rangers; Scottish Premiership) - 45 minutes in 4-0 loss at Ajax in UCL (Sept. 7)
-- Matt Turner (Arsenal; English Premier League) - 90 minutes in 2-1 win at FC Zürich in UEFA Europa League (Sept. 8)
-- Sam Vines (Royal Antwerp; Belgian Pro League) - 90 minutes in 2-0 win at Cercle Brugge (Sept. 11)
-- Tim Weah (Lille; French Ligue 1) – Injured, DNP in 2-1 loss at Marseille (Sept. 10)
-- DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami CF; MLS) - 90 minutes in 3-1 loss at Chicago Fire (Sept. 10)
-- Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers; MLS) - 84 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Minnesota United (Sept. 10)
-- Haji Wright (Antalyaspor; Turkish Super Lig) - 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Kayserispor (Sept. 11)
-- Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; MLS) - 73 minutes in 6-0 loss at FC Cincinnati (Sept. 10)
-- Gyasi Zardes (Colorado Rapids; MLS) - 90 minutes, GOAL, in 3-1 win vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (Sept. 10)
-- Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; MLS) - 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. LA Galaxy (Sept. 10)