USMNT Rewind: Pulisic, Balogun, Scally and others all score vital goals over the weekend

By: Michael Lewis

Today's U.S. Men's National Team quiz:

What do Christian Pulisic, Miles Robinson, Malik Tillman, Folarin Balogun and Joe Scally have in common?

They all scored vital goals for their respective teams, some of them in dramatic fashion.

They weren't the only players to stand out. Yunus Musah set up Pulisic's late goal for A.C. Milan. DeJuan Jones assisted on a goal for the New England Revolution. And Luca de la Torre notched an assist for Celta Vigo as well.

It was a productive and busy week for several members of the USMNT pool. Timmy Tillman joined his brother on the scoresheet, as Haji Wright, Jordan Morris, Alex Zendejas, Gianluca Busio and Tanner Tessmann also celebrated goals.

The U.S. hosts Germany in East Hartford, Conn. on Saturday, Oct. 14 before taking on Ghana in Nashville on Oct. 17.

MADE IN AMERICA

In a rare scoring combination by U.S. players in Italy’s Serie A on Saturday, Oct. 7, Christian Pulisic and Yunus Musah turned into late-match heroes for A.C. Milan. Pulisic scored off a half volley, thanks to a brilliant feed by Musah in the 87th minute to boost Milan to a 1-0 victory over host Genoa. It was Pulisic’s fourth league goal in eight matches this campaign. Pulisic replaced Samuel Chukwueze at halftime. Milan (7-1-0, 21 points) leads archrival Inter Milan (6-1-1, 19) by two points.

AT DEATH'S DOOR

Atlanta United desperately needed a goal to equalize in the seventh minute of stoppage time, and defender Miles Robinson provided the dramatic heroics to salvage a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew on Saturday, Oct. 7. Atlanta brought goalkeeper Brad Guzan up on Thiago Almada's corner kick, as Robinson redirected it, one bounce past goalkeeper Patrick Schulte. Midfielder Adian Morris assisted on Cucho Hernandez's tally in the 65th minute to give Columbus a 1-0 lead.

GOLAZO

Defender Joe Scally scored a spectacular goal in the 88th minute for Borussia Mönchengladbach, which salvaged a 2-2 Bundesliga tie with Mainz at home on Friday, Oct. 6. Scally, who replaced Luca Netz in the 79th minute, took a pass from Nathan Ngoumou, rounded his marker on the right side and fired a shot from distance out of the reach of keeper Zentner and into the upper far left corner. It was Scally's first goal of the year.

INSURANCE GOAL

Forward Folarin Balogun scored his third goal in five matches over 272 minutes for Monaco in its 3-1 French Ligue 1 triumph at Reims on Saturday, Oct. 7. Only a minute into the second half, Balogun doubled the lead at 2-0. Youssouf Fofana raced up the middle before passing to Balogun on the left side. Balogun drilled a low, hard shot past goalkeeper Yehvann Diouf. In deference to Reims, with whom he played last season, Balogun did not celebrate the goal. Balogun became the first American to break the 20-goal barrier in a top European league last season with Reims.

OH, BROTHER!

After his foul erased teammate Luuk de Jong's goal in the 40th minute, Malik Tillman made up for it 11 minutes later as he tallied PSV's first goal of its 4-0 away triumph over Sparta Rotterdam in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday, Oct. 8. De Long set up the 21-year-old midfielder, who buried his attempt into the bottom corner. Tillman has three goals in four appearances for PSV (8-0-0, 24), which leads the league by two points over AZ Alkmaar (7-0-1, 22).

A day prior on Saturday, Oct. 7, older brother Timmy, 24, sparked Los Angeles FC to a 4-2 road win at Austin FC. Tillman converted a feed from Denis Bouanga into his fourth goal of the MLS season, from 12 yards past goalie Brad Stuver.

THREE IN A ROW

Defender DeJuan Jones registered an assist for the third successive game, setting up Carles Gil's goal three minutes into second-half stoppage time in the New England Revolution's 3-2 loss at Orlando City SC on Saturday, Oct. 7. Jones equaled a career high with seven assists, a club record for a defender he shares with Brandon Bye.

RETURNING IN STYLE

After sitting out Celta Vigo's 2-1 loss at Las Palmas with a red card suspension on Monday, Oct. 2, Luca de la Torre played the entire way and set up the hosts' first tally, a Jonathan Bamba goal in the 24th minute, in a 2-2 draw with Getafe on Sunday, Oct. 8.

MR. 300

Captain and veteran center back Tim Ream didn't score or assist on a goal, but he reached a major milestone with Fulham as he played in his 300th match with the English Premier League side in its 3-1 home win over Sheffield United on Saturday, Oct. 7. Ream joined only 29 other players who have played 300 or more games for the club since it joined the Football League in 1907. He made his debut for the Cottagers in a 3-0 victory past Sheffield United on Aug. 25, 2015.

FIRST STEPS

Gio Reyna also didn't write his name on the scoresheet, but he made his first appearance of the Bundesliga campaign for Borussia Dortmund in its 4-2 home victory over Union Berlin on Saturday, Oct. 7. Reyna subbed for Donyell Malen in the 64th minute.

FIRST TIME TOGETHER

Weston McKennie and Tim Weah were on the field for the first time together this Serie A season during Juventus’ 2-0 win over Torino on Saturday, Oct. 7. In fact, they both started the match together, with McKennie at midfielder and Weah at right back.

KEEPING IT BLANK

Goalkeeper Matt Turner recorded his second shutout of the EPL season in Nottingham Forest's scoreless draw at Crystal City on Saturday, Oct. 7. Turner, who was not severely tested, secured his first clean sheet in a 1-0 win at Chelsea on Sept. 2.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

In a rarity, Gianluca Busio and Tanner Tessmann each found the net in Venezia's 3-2 win over Parma Serie B action on Saturday, Oct. 7. Only a minute into the second half, Busio lifted the hosts into a 1-0 lead with this first goal of the season off an assist by Joel Pohjanpalo. After the visitors equalized, Tanner Tessman's unassisted score in the 63rd minute, his second of the campaign, lifted Venezia into a 2-1 lead it never relinquished. Both players have been called into the U.S. Olympic training camp this week for friendlies against Mexico on Wednesday, Oct. 11 and Japan on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

OFF THE BENCH

Haji Wright scored the game-winner in the 85th minute, 13 minutes after he came off the bench, to lift Coventry City to a 1-0 home win over Blackburn Rovers in the English Championship on Wednesday, Oct. 4. It was his second goal of the campaign.

A HEADY PLAY

Jordan Morris helped the Seattle Sounders clinch an MLS Cup Playoff spot, scoring the first goal in a 2-1 home victory over the LA Galaxy on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Morris headed home João Paulo cross past goalkeeper Jonathan Bond for his 11th goal this season. It was Morris’ 64th goal across all competitions for Seattle, good for third place in club history.

A GOAL AND AN ASSIST

Alex Zendejas scored his second goal of the season for Club America in its 4-0 triumph past Pachuca in Liga MX play on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Henry Martin set up Zendejas' second goal of the campaign, for a 2-0 lead in the 59th minute. On Friday, Oct. 6, he also assisted on Diego Valdes' equalizing score in the 54th minute in a 2-1 win at Mazatlan.

HELPING OUT A LOT

It also was a busy week for USMNT pool players setting up teammates for goals.

* Jesús Ferreira is more accustomed to scoring goals, but he set up FC Dallas' lone tally in its 1-1 home draw with the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, Oct. 7. The striker assisted Jader Obrian's 57th-minute goal.

* Defender John Tolkin, who was called into the U.S. Olympic team training camp, helped the New York Red Bulls keep their MLS Cup Playoff hopes alive with a stunning 2-1 win over Supporters' Shield champions FC Cincinnati on Wednesday, Oct. 4. While on an overlap, Tolkin's cross set up Elias Manoel's goal in the 17th minute, which gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage. His eight assists across all competitions this year is a franchise record for most assists by a defender in a season.

* Bryan Reynolds, who also was called into Olympic training camp, assisted on the lone goal in Westerlo's 1-0 win over Kortrijk in the Belgian Pro League on Saturday, Oct. 7. He set up Erdon Daci's score in the 35th minute.

FULL RUNDOWN

-- Brenden Aaronson (Union Berlin; Bundesliga) - 35 minutes as a substitute in 4-2 loss at Borussia Dortmund (Oct. 7); 9 minutes as a substitute in 3-2 loss vs. Sporting Braga in UCL (Oct. 3)

-- Paxten Aaronson (Eintracht Frankfurt; Bundesliga) - In 18, DNP in 2-0 win vs. Heidenheim (Oct. 8); In 18, DNP in 2-1 loss at PAOK in Europa Conference League (Oct. 5)

-- Kellyn Acosta (Los Angeles FC; MLS) - Injured, DNP in 4-2 win at Austin FC (Oct. 7); Injured, DNP in 5-1 win vs. Minnesota United (Oct. 4)

-- Tyler Adams (AFC Bournemouth; English Premier League) - Injured, DNP in 3-0 loss at Everton (Oct. 7)

-- Folarin Balogun (Monaco; French Ligue 1) - 82 minutes, GOAL, in 3-1 win at Reims (Oct. 7)

-- Taylor Booth (Utrecht; Dutch Eredivisie) - In 18, DNP in 1-0 loss at Volendam (Oct. 6)

-- Gianluca Busio (Venezia; Italian Serie B) - 90 minutes, GOAL, in 3-2 win vs. Parma (Oct. 7)

-- Drake Callender (Inter Miami CF; MLS) - 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. FC Cincinnati (Oct. 7)

-- Johnny Cardoso (Internacional; Brazilian Serie A) - 78 minutes in 3-2 win vs. Gremio (Oct. 8); 89 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. Fluminense in CONBEBOL Liberatores Cup (Oct. 4)

-- Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic; Scottish Premiership) - 73 minutes in 3-1 win vs. Kilmarnock (Oct. 7); 28 minutes as a substitute in 2-1 loss vs. Lazio in UCL (Oct. 4)

-- Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; MLS) - 27 minutes as a substitute in 1-0 loss at FC Dallas (Oct. 7)

-- Ben Cremaschi (Inter Miami CF; MLS) -- 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. FC Cincinnati (Oct. 7)

-- Sergiño Dest (PSV Eindhoven; Dutch Eredivisie) - 90 minutes in 4-0 win at Sparta Rotterdam (Oct. 8);90 minutes in 2-2 draw vs. Sevilla in UCL (Oct. 3)

-- Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo, Spain La Liga) - 90 minutes, ASSIST, in 2-2 draw vs. Getafe (Oct. 8); SUSPENDED, DNP in 2-1 loss at Las Palmas (Oct. 2)

-- Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; MLS) - 90 minutes, ASSIST, in 1-1 draw vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Oct. 7); Ppd. vs. Colorado Rapids (Oct. 4)

-- Julian Gressel (Columbus Crew; MLS) - 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at Atlanta United (Oct. 7)

-- Ethan Horvath (Nottingham Forest; English Premier League) - Not in 18, DNP in 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace (Oct. 7)

-- DeJuan Jones (New England Revolution; MLS) - 90 minutes, ASSIST, in 3-2 loss at Orlando City SC (Oct. 7)

 -- Kristoffer Lund (Palmero; Italy Serie B) - 64 minutes in 2-0 win at Modena (Oct. 7)

-- Lennard Maloney (Heidenheim; Bundesliga) - 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt (Oct. 8)

-- Weston McKennie (Juventus; Italy Serie A) - 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Torino (Oct. 7)

-- Mark McKenzie (Genk; Belgian Pro League) - 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at Gent (Oct. 8); 90 minutes in 2-0 win at Čukarički in Europa Conference League (Oct. 5)

-- Djordje Mihailovic (AZ Alkmaar; Dutch Eredivisie) - In 18, DNP in 1-0 win at Ajax (Oct. 8); In 18, DNP in 1-0 win vs. Legia Warsaw in UEFA Europa Conference League (Oct. 5)

-- Shaq Moore (Nashville SC; MLS) - 67 minutes in 0-0 draw at Philadelphia Union (Oct. 7); Not in 18, DNP in 1-0 loss vs. Orlando City SC (Oct. 4)

-- Aidan Morris (Columbus Crew; MLS) - 90 minutes, ASSIST, in 1-1 draw at Atlanta United (Oct. 7)

-- Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; MLS) - 87 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (Oct. 7); 80 minutes, GOAL, in 2-1 win vs. LA Galaxy (Oct. 4)

-- Yunus Musah (A.C. Milan; Italy Serie A) - 90 minutes, ASSIST, in 1-0 win at Genoa (Oct. 8); Not in 18, DNP in 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in UCL (Oct. 4)

-- Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy; MLS) - Injured, DNP in 5-2 loss at Minnesota United (Oct. 7)

-- Erik Palmer-Brown (Panathinaikos; Greek Super League) - Not in 18, DNP in 5-0 win vs. Atromitos (Oct. 8); Not in 18, DNP in 0-0 draw at Maccabi Haifa in Europa League (Oct. 5)

-- Kevin Paredes (Wolfsburg; Bundesliga) - 11 minutes as a substitute in 3-1 win at Stuttgart (Oct. 7)

-- Jordan Pefok (Borussia Mönchengladbach; Bundesliga) - 64 minutes in 2-2 draw vs. Mainz (Oct. 6)

-- Ricardo Pepi (PSV Eindhoven; Dutch Eredivisie) - In 18, DNP in 4-0 win at Sparta Rotterdam (Oct. 8);8 minutes as a substitute in 2-2 draw vs. Sevilla in UCL (Oct. 3)

-- Christian Pulisic (A.C. Milan; Italy Serie A) - 45 minutes, GOAL, in 1-0 win at Genoa (Oct. 8); 69 minutes in 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in UCL (Oct. 4)

-- Tim Ream (Fulham; English Premier League) - 90 minutes in 3-1 win vs. Sheffield United (Oct. 7); 90 minutes in 2-0 loss vs. Chelsea (Oct.2)

-- Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund; Bundesliga) - 26 minutes as a substitute in 4-2 win vs. Union Berlin (Oct. 7); Not in 18, DNP in 0-0 draw vs. A.C. Milan in UCL (Oct. 4)

-- Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo; Belgian Pro League) - 78 minutes, ASSIST, in 1-0 win vs. Kortrijk (Oct. 7)

-- Chris Richards (Crystal Palace; English Premier League) - 15 minutes as a substitute in 0-0 draw vs. Nottingham Forest (Oct. 7)

-- Antonee Robinson (Fulham; English Premier League) - 90 minutes in 3-1 win vs. Sheffield United (Oct. 7); 90 minutes in 2-0 loss vs. Chelsea (Oct.2)

-- Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; MLS) - 90 minutes, GOAL, in 1-1 draw vs. Columbus Crew (Oct. 7); 90 minutes in 3-2 loss at Philadelphia Union (Oct. 4)

-- James Sands (New York City FC; MLS) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at D.C. United (Oct. 7)

-- Josh Sargent (Norwich City; Championship) - Injured, DNP in 1-1 draw at Coventry City (Oct. 7); Injured, DNP in 2-1 loss at Swansea City (Oct. 4)

-- Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach; Bundesliga) - 11 minutes as a substitute, GOAL, in 2-2 draw vs. Mainz (Oct. 6)

-- Gaga Slonina (Eupen; Belgian Pro League) - 90 minutes in 4-1 loss at Antwerp (Oct. 8)

-- Tanner Tessmann (Venezia; Italy Serie B) - 90 minutes, GOAL, in 3-2 win vs. Parma (Oct. 7)

-- Malik Tillman (PSV Eindhoven; Dutch Eredivisie) - 73 minutes, GOAL, in 4-0 win at Sparta Rotterdam (Oct. 8); 90 minutes in 2-2 draw vs. Sevilla in UCL (Oct. 3)

-- Timmy Tillman (Los Angeles FC; MLS) - 90 minutes, GOAL, in 4-2 win at Austin FC (Oct. 7)

-- John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls; MLS) - 78 minutes in 3-0 win vs. Toronto FC (Oct. 7); 90 minutes, ASSIST, in 2-1 win at FC Cincinnati (Oct. 4)

-- Auston Trusty (Sheffield; English Premier League) - 90 minutes in 3-1 loss at Fulham (Oct. 7)

-- Matt Turner (Nottingham Forest; English Premier League) - 90 minutes, SHUTOUT, in 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace (Oct. 7)

-- Brandon Vazquez (FC Cincinnati; MLS) - 88 minutes in 1-0 win at Inter Miami CF (Oct. 7); 10 minutes as a substitute in 2-1 loss vs. New York Red Bulls (Oct. 4)

-- Tim Weah (Juventus; Italy Serie A) - 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Torino (Oct. 7)

-- Caleb Wiley (Atlanta United; MLS - 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Columbus Crew (Oct. 7); 90 minutes in 3-2 loss at Philadelphia Union (Oct. 4)

-- Haji Wright (Coventry City; English Premier League) - 72 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Norwich City (Oct. 7); 18 minutes as a substitute, GOAL, in 1-0 win vs. Blackburn Rovers (Oct. 4)

-- DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami CF; MLS) - 76 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. FC Cincinnati (Oct. 7)

-- Alex Zendejas (Club America; Liga MX) - 86 minutes, ASSIST, in 2-1 win at Mazatlan (Oct. 6); 83 minutes, GOAL, in 4-0 win vs. Pachuca (Oct. 3)

-- Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; MLS) - 90 minutes in 0-0 draw at Philadelphia Union (Oct. 7); 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. Orlando City SC (Oct. 4)

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