As the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Gold Cup roster draws closer to selection, here’s a look at how the domestic pool of players performed in Major League Soccer over the past weekend.
Gyasi Zards gave Historic Crew Stadium the proper farewell, striking twice to carry the Columbus Crew to a 2-0 victory over Chicago Fire in a Major League Soccer game on Saturday night.
This result is a familiar score in the history of the United States Men’s National Team at the stadium.
One of 60 players selected from USMNT’s preliminary roster for next month’s Concacaf Gold Cup, the 29-year-old forward has logged in twice in 16 times during the first half. The defending MLS Cup champions (4-2-2, 14 points) sit fourth in the Eastern Conference.
Zardes, who tied Lucas Zelarayan for the club’s lead with three goals apiece, gave the crew all the scoring they needed in the 18th minute, coming back eight yards into the lower right corner in front of goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth after a failed Chicago clearance.
In the 34th minute, Jonathan Mensah threw a long ball down the right side to Derrick Etienne, Jr. Etienne, then returned the ball to the left side to Zardes, who slipped it into an empty net.
And how appropriate is that final score for the home side. The stadium, built in 1999, has hosted many USMNT matches. In particular, four successive “Dos a Cero” victories against Mexico in the World Cup qualifiers (2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013) were contested there.
The site has also been the site of several United States Women’s National Team games, including a 2003 Women’s World Cup group stage game and three MLS Cups.
The Crew’s new 20,000-seat downtown stadium in Ohio’s capital, Lower.com Field, is set to host its inaugural game as Columbus plays the New England Revolution on July 3.
Goalkeepers don’t necessarily need a clean sheet to stand out. Matt Turner can attest to that in the New England Revolution’s 3-2 away win over New York City FC on Saturday. With his scoreless game in the 14th minute, the Revs goalkeeper saved a penalty from Valentin Castellanos.
It was Turner’s fourth penalty save in his MLS career in all competitions and the fifth save in PK’s last 11 attempts with the Revs and USMNT. He also turned down midfielder Maxi Moralez at point blank range for a minute into the second-half stoppage time to preserve the three points and the win.
Bill Hamid, on the other hand, produced his second shutout in as many appearances this season in DC United’s 1-0 win over Inter Miami on Saturday night. Hamid, who missed DC’s first seven games while recovering from a preseason hernia, made a save.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Before Jonathan lewis scored his first goal of the year in the Colorado Rapids’ 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati on Saturday night. Lewis, who replaced first-half scorer Diego Rubio at half-time, struck a deep ball from captain Jack Price and scored the insurance goal from a tight angle in the 72nd minute.
– Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) June 20, 2021
A LITTLE HELP IN TIME
Andrés Perea and Chris Mueller scored Orlando City’s first and last goals, respectively, in their 3-2 home win over Toronto FC on Saturday night. Both players got secondary assists, which are counted in MLS.
In the first minute, Perea joined Mauricio Pereyra in the middle. Pereyra then found a Tesho Akindele who beat goalkeeper Quentin Westberg to a 1-0 lead. It was the first assist for Perea, 20, of the season.
– Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) June 20, 2021
With a score tied at 2-2 in the 84th minute, Mueller, who used his 19 minutes as a second-half substitute, helped set up the match winner. Junior Urso played a combination with Mueller after a Toronto turnaround before the first scored for 16 yards. Mueller is tied for the team lead in assists with Akindele (three each).
RETURN TO THE LIONS ‘TOOTH
Forward Daryl Dike made his first appearance for Orlando City SC since returning from his loan spell with Barnsley FC in the English league, in the 64th minute for Akindele. Dike, 21, was instrumental in helping Barnsley reach the English Football League qualifiers, scoring nine goals in 21 appearances.
– Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati (June 19)
– Paul Arriola (DC United; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over Inter Miami CF (June 19)
– Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC; MLS) – Not in 18, DNP defeated 3-2 at Orlando City SC (June 19)
– Julian Araujo (Los Angeles Galaxy; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders (June 19)
– George Bello (Atlanta United; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw against Philadelphia Union (June 20)
– Michael Bradley (Toronto FC; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Orlando City SC (June 19)
– Johnny Cardoso (Internacional; Brazilian Serie A) – In 18, DNP in a 1-1 draw against Ceara (June 20); 67 minutes in 1-0 loss to Atletico Mineiro (June 16)
– Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; MLS) – 23 minutes as a substitute in the 0-0 draw against Austin FC (June 19)
– Daryl Dike (Orlando City SC; MLS) – 26 minutes as a substitute in a 3-2 win over Toronto FC (June 19)
– Brad Guzan (Atlanta United; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw against Philadelphia Union (June 20)
– Bill Hamid (DC United; MLS) – 90 minutes and SHUTOUT in 1-0 win over Inter Miami CF (June 19)
– Sean Johnson (New York City FC; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to New England Revolution (June 19)
– Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; MLS) – 45 minutes and GOAL as a substitute in the 2-0 loss to FC Cincinnati (June 19)
– Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; MLS) – 89 minutes in a 3-2 loss to the Seattle Sounders (June 19)
– Chris Mueller (Orlando City; MLS) – 19 minutes as a substitute and ASSISTANCE in a 3-2 win over Toronto FC (June 19)
– David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 3-1 draw win at FC Dallas (June 18)
– Andrés Perea (Orlando City; MLS) – 90 minutes and ASSIST in a 3-2 win over Toronto FC (June 19)
– Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw against Philadelphia Union (June 20)
– Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; MLS) – 90 minutes 2-1 win at LA Galaxy (June 19)
– Matt Turner (New England Revolution; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 3-2 win at New York City FC (June 19)
– Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; MLS) – 89 minutes in 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati (June 19)
– Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; MLS) – 90 minutes 0-0 draw at Austin FC (June 19)
– Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; MLS) – 90 minutes and TWO GOALS in a 2-0 win over Chicago Fire FC (June 19)
– Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; MLS) – 63 minutes in a 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls (June 18)