USMNT Watch: Davies Scores Another, Brooks Avoids Drop, Gatt Hurt Again

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMay 24, 2015

USA Today

With the majority of the European seasons coming to a close this weekend, the focus of United States men's national team fans turned squarely to Major League Soccer and the Scandinavian leagues. 

On home soil, Charlie Davies continued his push for the CONCACAF Gold Cup roster, while one of the top prospects in the talent pool went down with another injury in Norway. 

One of the top storylines out of the major European leagues for American players was the survival of John Brooks and Hertha Berlin

Continue reading below for an extended look at those headlines and a recap of how other Americans performed across the globe. 

Davies Extends Scoring Run in MLS

Davies pounced on a rebound in the 45th minute of the New England Revolution's 1-1 draw with D.C. United on Saturday night for his fifth goal in seven games. 

The scoring streak is coming at the perfect time for Davies, who was once seen as the second forward on the depth chart behind Jozy Altidore. 

Jermaine Jones almost became the third Revolution player to be sent off in the match, as he made contact with referee Mark Geiger late in the game. Juan Agudelo, Lee Nguyen, Bill Hamid and Perry Kitchen all started the match for their respective sides. 

Jack McInerney, who was a member of the 2013 Gold Cup squad, netted his second of the season in Montreal's 2-1 win over FC Dallas

Sean Johnson was benched in favor of Jon Busch for Friday night's 2-2 draw between the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew. Ethan Finlay went off with an injury in the 75th minute. 

Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman and Luis Gil all earned spots in the starting lineup this weekend. 

On Sunday, Chris Wondolowski scored his 100th-career goal in MLS, while Brek Shea was sent off in Orlando City's 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.

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Brooks Stays Up with Hertha Berlin

Hertha Berlin fell to Hoffenheim 2-1 on Saturday, but the final result did not force the club into the bottom three. 

John Brooks did not feature in the match because of yellow-card accumulation, but his teammates ensured the side's survival status based on a better goal difference compared to Hamburg. 

Michael Sohn/Associated Press

Timothy Chandler started and played all 90 minutes of Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen, while Fabian Johnson came off the bench for a 26-minute shift in Borussia Monchengladbach's final match of the 2014-15 campaign. 

Alfredo Morales, who will play in the Bundesliga with Ingolstadt next season, inked a new three-year deal with the club this week: 

Alfredo Morales @alfredo1008

So happy that I signed a new contract for 3 more years @fussballclub in this great city with… https://t.co/wpKQrC5ERT

Gatt Goes Down in Molde Return 

Josh Gatt returned to the pitch for the first time in two years for Molde on Friday, but his stint ended in horrific fashion. 

The injury picked up by Gatt appeared to be one of the non-contact variety, which is the worst news that could develop at this time. 

Ethan Horvath, who is one of the top U20 goalkeepers in the talent pool, earned his first start for Molde in the 3-0 win over Mjondalen.

Bob Bradley's Stabaek will look to take over first place from Rosenborg in a clash of the top two teams in the Tippeligaen on Monday.

Howard, Cameron Start on Final Day of Premier League Season

Tim Howard made two denials in Everton's 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the English Premier League season. DeAndre Yedlin was an unused substitute for Spurs. 

Geoff Cameron featured for all 90 minutes of Stoke City's 6-1 rout of Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium. The win allowed the Potters to finish in ninth on 54 points. 

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - APRIL 18:  Mame Diouf of Stoke celebrates scoring his team's first goal with team-mate Geoff Cameron (L) during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Southampton at the Britannia Stadium on April 18, 2015 in St
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Brad Guzan was once again left on the Aston Villa bench on Sunday. The Villains have one game remaining in their season, as they play in the FA Cup final against Arsenal next Saturday. 

News and Notes

Jonathan Bornstein advanced Queretaro into the Liga MX Final on Sunday with a goal against Pachuca. 

Eric Gomez @EricGomez86

Gol Jonathan Bornstein #gallos #LigaMX https://t.co/zF2OgCdbQb

Julian Green and Jordan Morris are reportedly going to feature for the USMNT U23 team at the Toulon Tournament, per American Soccer Now's Brian Sciaretta: 

Brian Sciaretta @BrianSciaretta

I'm hearing Julian Green & Jordan Morris will be on the U.S. U-23 team for the Toulon Tournament

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