It was a goal-filled week for the United States Men’s National Team members in MLS. Here’s how the USMNT stars and prospects fared this week.
Goals galore, excellent performances, and a string of lovely assists saw the Americans dominate the landscape of Stateside football.
Despite a disastrous red card against New York City FC a few days prior, we begin this week with Jozy Altidore who helped lift his club to the Canadian Cup title. The striker scored a hat-trick against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the second leg of the final.
Altidore is still being reintegrated into his starting role since his return from injury. He has done quite well for his side upon his return, though, and with news of a possible transfer overseas, the forward will be poised to continue his form.
Christian Ramirez joined Altidore in the goal-scoring frenzy with a brace in his first start for his new club LAFC. The California native will be looking to take advantage of his role in LA to help impress the USMNT coaching staff for the upcoming international friendlies.
Lee Nguyen would join his teammate on the scoresheet for LAFC a few days later. The attacking midfielder scored his second goal of the season in LAFC’s 2-0 win over Colorado Rapids.
Gyasi Zardes added to his goal total against Atlanta United. He has now scored four goals in his last four MLS matches. Zardes only needs two more goals to set a career-high for goals scored in a single season.
How the rest fared
- Cristian Roldan scored for the Seattle Sounders in their 5-0 rout of the LA Galaxy.
- Tyler Adams registered a fantastic assist on Daniel Royer’s last-minute goal for the New York Red Bulls. Adams also had an assist on Royer’s goal in the first half to finish the night with two assists.
- Sebastian Lleget was on the scoresheet for the Galaxy once more, he scored in the mid-week fixture against the Rapids.
- Matt Besler recorded an assist for Sporting Kansas City in their 3-0 victory over the Portland Timbers.
- Wil Trapp assisted on Zardes’ goal against Atlanta United.
- Marky Delgado had two assists and Michael Bradley had one assist in Toronto’s Canadian Cup final.
- Zack Steffen had a tough time against Atlanta’s potent attack conceding three goals. To his defense, it was a tough ask for him to save the goal he allowed in.
- Bill Hamid picked up his first clean sheet since his return to D.C. United on loan against the New England Revolution. He was also the winning goalkeeper in their mid-week fixture against Portland.
After a tremendous week for UMSNT players in MLS, make sure to check back next to see if they can continue their success.