USMNT Watch: Ream Scores in Rare Start and Altidore Stays Hot

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2016

Sep 8, 2015; Foxborough, Mass, USA; United States defender Tim Ream (23) during the second half of Brazil's 4-1 win over the United States at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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A member of the United States men's national team experienced two rarities on Saturday, one of which is an unfortunate sign for his prospects of making the next 23-man roster. 

Fulham center-back Tim Ream started for just the third time this season, against Queens Park Rangers, but he made the most of it, as he struck the back of the net. 

The forwards in the USMNT talent pool were also active in front of the net, including Jozy Altidore, who can't be stopped at the moment for Toronto FC.

We'll have news on those stories and more below in our latest USMNT Watch.

           

Tim Ream Scores 1st Club Goal Since 2010

Ream provided Fulham with a welcome equalizer in the 48th minute at Craven Cottage on Saturday, However, it would not be enough by the time the final whistle blew, as QPR won the match 2-1. 

The tally from the 28-year-old was his first at the club level since September 11, 2010, when he was a member of the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Adam Forshaw of Middlesbrough is challenged by Tim Ream of Fulham during the EFL Cup second round match between Fulham and Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage on August 24, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Gett
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The only other goal in Ream's professional career came for the USMNT in this year's friendly win over Puerto Rico.

If the versatile Ream, who can play across the back line, begins to get more playing time in the Championship, he has potential to return to the USMNT setup.

Jonathan Spector played 90 minutes at right-back for Birmingham City in their 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. The Blues are sixth in the Championship with 20 points.

Danny Williams went the full 90 for Reading in their 1-1 draw with Derby County. The Royals are eighth heading into the latest international break. 

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Danny Williams of Reading and Dave Edwards of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Reading at Molineux on August 13, 2016 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by
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Eric Lichaj was on the wrong end of the final score on Saturday, as Nottingham Forest fell 2-1 to Bristol City. Forest are in 18th place with 12 points. 

DeAndre Yedlin was an unused substitute for third-place Newcastle United for their win over Rotherham United.

Up in the Premier League, Lynden Gooch entered Sunderland's draw against West Bromwich Albion in second-half stoppage time. 

Brad Guzan was once again left on the bench by Middlesbrough, while Emerson Hyndman failed to make Bournemouth's matchday squad. 

           

Jozy Altidore Scores 9th of Year in Toronto Loss

Altidore produced his ninth goal of the MLS season on Saturday in Toronto FC's surprising 2-1 home defeat to D.C. United. 

The 26-year-old forward turned USMNT teammate Steve Birnbaum with a move at the top of the box to create space before beating fellow American Bill Hamid. 

The goal was the fourth in five games for Altidore, but the loss knocked the Reds from first to third place. 

Sacha Kljestan scored once and assisted on another strike in the New York Red Bulls' 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union that moved Jesse Marsch's side into first place. 

Kljestan's assist off a free-kick in the 66th minute found the head of Dax McCarty, who is still worthy of a call-up to the annual January camp. 

Alejandro Bedoya left Saturday's match at Red Bull Arena with a rib injury, but the extent of the knock is unknown. 

Juan Agudelo helped the New England Revolution keep their playoff hopes alive with an 83rd-minute strike in the club's 3-1 win over Sporting Kansas City. The 23-year-old's recent form may warrant a call-up with a few key forwards out because of health reasons. 

Sep 17, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo (17) dribbles the ball as Montreal Impact midfielder Marco Donadel (33) defends during the second half at Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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Center-back Walker Zimmerman, who along with FC Dallas teammate Matt Hedges is deserving of a look from manager Jurgen Klinsmann, netted the lone strike in his side's 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy. 

USMNT U23 midfielder Fatai Alashe bagged a game-winner for the San Jose Earthquakes in the final MLS game on Saturday. The 72nd-minute winner from Alashe came after Chris Wondolowski provided a backheel assist on San Jose's first strike. 

          

Christian Pulisic Has Off Day in Germany

Believe it or not, Christian Pulisic is allowed to have a bad day or two among all the hype.

Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel took the 18-year-old attacking phenom off at the half during the club's match against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Dortmund's midfielder Christian Pulisic (L) and Leverkusen's Chilean midfielder Charles Aranguiz vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and BVB Borussia Dortmund in the Bay Arena in Leverkus
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The rough 45-minute showing from Pulisic is a rare occurrence, which is something worth mentioning for someone of his age playing in the Bundesliga.

Bobby Wood started once again for Hamburg, but he did not score during his 60-minute shift against Hertha Berlin. Hamburg haven't scored since Sept. 10. John Brooks was an unused substitute in the match. 

Timothy Chandler continued to get minutes on Saturday, going all 90 for Eintracht Frankfurt at right-back in their loss to Freiburg. 

Julian Green made the Bayern Munich bench for the match against FC Cologne, but he did not come on for his first appearance of the season. 

             

Cameron Carter-Vickers Signs Extension with Tottenham

One of the biggest stories this week involving USMNT-eligible players came off the pitch, as center-back Cameron Carter-Vickers signed a new deal with Tottenham Hotspur.

Carter-Vickers has risen through the ranks at Spurs and has been in Mauricio Pochettino's matchday squads for most of the Premier League season.

The 18-year-old hasn't seen the pitch much yet, but the new contract is a great sign for his playing prospects. 

We should expect to see Carter-Vickers play some type of role in the Hexagonal round matches given his trajectory at club level. We likely won't see him in November, but he's one to keep an eye for 2017 as the Yanks try to shift to a younger squad. 

         

News and Notes: Matt Miazga Earns Minutes off the Bench 

Matt Miazga is slowly making inroads on loan from Chelsea at Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie. The former New York Red Bulls man made a four-minute cameo on Saturday in the club's 2-1 win over Groningen. 

Caleb Stanko, who was called up for the September World Cup qualifiers, played 78 minutes for FC Vaduz in the Swiss Super League. 

Jonathan Bornstein, William Yarbrough and Jose Torres all started in Liga MX on Saturday. Miguel Ibarra and Jorge Villafana were not in their respective matchday squads.

         

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