USMNT Watch: Yedlin Starts for Newcastle, Bedoya Scores 1st Goal in MLS

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2016

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: DeAndre Yedlin of Newcastle United during the EFL Cup third round match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James' Park on September 20, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images)
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A few long-awaited milestones were achieved by United States men's national team starters this weekend.

DeAndre Yedlin made an impact on both sides of the ball in his first league start for Newcastle United, while the Philadelphia Union's Alejandro Bedoya netted his first tally in Major League Soccer. 

Elsewhere across Europe, a pair of players on the USMNT forward depth chart scored in Germany and two Americans earned surprising honors in Scotland and Norway.

Continue reading for details on those stories and more in our latest USMNT Watch. 


DeAndre Yedlin Leaves with Injury After Setting Up Goal 

Yedlin had an eventful 73 minutes on Saturday for Newcastle United, as he created an Aston Villa own goal and left the pitch with an injury.

The fullback's cross in the 29th minute deflected off Tommy Elphick to put the Magpies up by a goal at Villa Park. However, he was forced to exit the contest in the middle of the second half with an injury.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: DeAndre Yedlin of Newcastle United during the EFL Cup third round match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James' Park on September 20, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ia
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The start was welcome for Yedlin, who had been fighting for playing time in previous weeks at his new club. No news was given on the significance of the injury. 

Elsewhere in the Championship, Danny Williams started for Reading in their 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town. The win moved the Royals up to fourth place. 

Jonathan Spector and Eric Lichaj made the starting XIs for Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest respectively on Saturday. 

Up in the Premier League, Geoff Cameron started in defensive midfield for Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium. The Potters played to a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Brad Guzan did not start for Middlesbrough in their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur. Cameron Carter-Vickers, who made his Spurs debut on Wednesday in the 5-0 EFL Cup win over Gillingham, was an unused sub for Mauricio Pochettino's side. 

Lynden Gooch, who has become a regular starter under David Moyes at Sunderland, did not make the matchday squad for Saturday's contest with Crystal Palace


Alejandro Bedoya Opens MLS Account with Audacious Chip

Bedoya scored for the first time in a Union shirt on Saturday in the 25th minute of his side's 1-1 draw with Toronto FC. The midfielder lined up his shot from outside the box and chipped it over a leaping Clint Irwin. 

The strike was important for the Union, as they grabbed a rare road result to remain in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. 

Jozy Altidore was shut out, which is a rarity these days, during his 90-minute shift at BMO Field. Altidore's numbers are expected to increase once Sebastian Giovinco returns to full fitness.

Patrick Mullins helped D.C. United past Orlando City on Saturday with a pair of strikes at RFK Stadium. The former New York City FC man struck the back of the net in the 34th and 53rd minutes for Ben Olsen's side.

Sep 24, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; D.C. United forward Patrick Mullins (16) is congratulated by D.C. United defender Taylor Kemp (2) after scoring a gaol against the Orlando City FC during the first half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. Mandatory Credit: Br
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Benny Feilhaber helped set up Sporting Kansas City's game-winner against the San Jose Earthquakes, as his corner found Kevin Ellis in the 81st minute of the 2-1 victory. 

Sacha Kljestan, Tim Howard, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Hedges and Michael Bradley all started for their respective sides during Saturday's seven-game slate. 


Andrew Wooten, Jerome Kiesewetter Score in Bundesliga 2

It was a busy Friday for American forwards in the German second division, as Andrew Wooten and Jerome Kiesewetter both struck the back of the net.

Wooten netted an equalizer off a rebound to earn Sandhausen a point on the road at Greuther Furth. Despite earning a draw on their travels, Sandhausen are stuck in the bottom half of the table in 14th place.

Kiesewetter, who is one many young players looking to break into the USMNT first team, used some nifty footwork on the right side of the box to elude a few defenders on his way to finding the back of the net.

Mar 29, 2016; Frisco, TX, USA; USA Jerome Kiesewetter (17) celebrates a goal in the second half against the Columbia during the 2016 Olympic qualifying game at Toyota Stadium. Columbia won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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The strike from the 23-year-old was the only one Fortuna Dusseldorf could muster in their 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Braunschweig

Fabian Johnson, Alfredo Morales, Timothy Chandler and Bobby Wood all earned starts during Saturday's action in the Bundesliga.

Johnson played 90 minutes on the left wing for Borussia Monchengladbach, while Morales played the first 77 minutes for Ingolstadt in the clash at Borussia-Park. 

Chandler played a full 90 at right-back for Eintracht Frankfurt, and Wood was on the pitch for the first 84 minutes of Hamburg's 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich. 

RB Leipzig forward Terrence Boyd continued his road to recovery with a brace in an U23 match on Saturday. If he finds form when he returns to full fitness, Boyd has the potential to once again challenge for a spot on the crowded USMNT forward depth chart. 


News and Notes: Perry Kitchen Named Hearts Captain; Josh Gatt Starts for Molde

Plenty of exciting news involving USMNT-eligible players came out of the second-tier leagues in Europe this week.

Former D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen was named captain of Hearts in the Scottish Premiership. The announcement came as a surprise since the 24-year-old has only been at the club since March. 

Winger Josh Gatt made his first start for Molde since 2013 on Saturday against Rosenborg in the Tippeligaen. The 25-year-old Michigan native contributed an assist on the lone Molde goal of the 3-1 defeat. Ethan Horvath made three saves to go along with his three goals against. 

Down in Mexico, Omar Gonzalez and Jonathan Bornstein went the distance for Club Pachuca and Queretaro respectively on Saturday. 


Joe Tansey covers U.S. Soccer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter, @JTansey90.