USMNT Watch: Altidore, Wood, Yedlin Score in Superb Weekend for Americans

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2016

TORONTO, ON - MAY 07:  Jozy Altidore #17 of Toronto FC battles for the ball with Walker Zimmerman #25 of FC Dallas during the second half of an MLS soccer game at BMO Field on May 7, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Everywhere you looked across the globe this week, an American was scoring. 

Not only did forwards Jozy Altidore and Bobby Wood return to the club level from the international break with tallies, but a few unexpected faces put their names on the scoresheet as well. 

Landon Donovan also came out of nowhere to produce the unexpected headline that he's returning to the pitch for the LA Galaxy. 

We'll have more on the USMNT scorers and what Donovan's return means in our weekly USMNT Watch.


Jozy Altidore Continues Hot Streak in MLS

Altidore extended his hot run of form in front of goal for Toronto FC in the 33rd minute of the Reds' 2-1 win over Chicago Fire on Saturday.

The goal was the sixth in eight matches for Altidore, who is showing everyone what he is capable of when he's healthy. 

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Altidore's form should help Toronto earn the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and if it continues deep into the fall, he could be a menace up top for the Hexagonal opener against Mexico. 

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Michael Bradley also played 90 minutes for Toronto in the victory at Toyota Park. 

Benny Feilhaber opened the strong weekend for Americans in MLS with an assist in Sporting Kansas City's 3-3 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Friday. 

Juan Agudelo, who is buried far down the USMNT forward depth chart, recorded a goal and an assist in the New England Revolution's 3-1 win over New York City FC. Lee Nguyen also scored for Jay Heaps' side in the key victory in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. 

Sep 10, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo (17) celebrates after scoring a goal against New York City FC during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris Wondolowski, who is still in the mix for international call-ups despite being 33 years old, netted the San Jose Earthquakes' lone strike in their 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. 


Danny Williams Scores Game-Winner; DeAndre Yedlin Nets Strike off the Bench 

Danny Williams notched the game-winner for Reading in a curious match at the Madejski Stadium against Ipswich Town on Friday.

The midfielder scored from the spot in the 95th minute to hand the Royals a 2-1 victory. The goal was the third penalty of the match.

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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DeAndre Yedlin came off the bench to net his first goal in a Newcastle United shirt on Saturday. The right-back entered in the 73rd minute and found the back of the net in the 91st minute to finish off the Magpies' 2-0 win over Derby County

Geoff Cameron played all 90 minutes for Stoke City in their 4-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur. Cameron Carter-Vickers was once again an unused substitute for Spurs. 

Brad Guzan was pushed to the bench for Middlesbrough's 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday at the Riverside Stadium.

Jonathan Spector started and played the entire match in Birmingham City's 1-0 victory over Fulham. The Blues are fourth in the Championship table with 11 points after six contests. 

Tim Ream of Fulham and Emerson Hyndman of Bournemouth did not make their respective matchday squads in England on Saturday. 


Bobby Wood Knocks in 2nd Goal for Hamburg

Bobby Wood didn't let his lackluster performances during the USMNT's recent CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers affect him back in Germany on Saturday. 

The 23-year-old forward moved around the goalkeeper on the left side of the pitch to notch Hamburg's only strike against Bayer Leverkusen. Unfortunately for Wood and his teammates, they conceded three goals.

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John Brooks helped Hertha Berlin produce a clean sheet against Ingolstadt to remain second in the Bundesliga table. Hertha are the only other unbeaten side in the German top flight alongside Bayern Munich. 

Alfredo Morales played 58 minutes for Ingolstadt in that 2-0 defeat. The Bavarians have one point from their first two matches. 

Timothy Chandler made a rare appearance at center-back in Eintracht Frankfurt's 1-0 loss to Darmstadt. 

Fabian Johnson was not in Borussia Monchengladbach's 18-man squad for the game against Freiburg because of his travel schedule and the club's UEFA Champions League group-stage opener on Tuesday against Manchester City

Christian Pulisic didn't see any action on Saturday for Borussia Dortmund. Thomas Tuchel's side travels to Legia Warsaw in the Champions League on Wednesday. 


Landon Donovan Announces Return from Retirement

The surprise of the week in the soccer world came from Donovan and the LA Galaxy, as he announced his MLS return for the stretch run of the regular season.

No one knows how fit Donovan is, but if he has been signed to a deal at this point in the season, he has to have something to contribute for Bruce Arena's side.

The Donovan announcement may not have any implications at the international level, but if he performs well for the Galaxy, there will be chatter about selection for the Mexico match on November 11.

A USMNT recall would be quite shocking given Donovan's fractured relationship with USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann, but until it is officially ruled out, fans will dream of season the legend making a cameo against El Tri.


News and Notes: Perry Kitchen Starts Again for Hearts

The lone candidate for a USMNT call-up in Scotland, Perry Kitchen, started and played the full 90 for Hearts in their 3-1 win on Saturday. The victory moved Hearts above Rangers into second place in the Scottish Premiership.

Michael Orozco of Club Tijuana and Jorge Villafana of Santos Laguna featured for 90 minutes for their respective clubs in Liga MX on Saturday. Paul Arriola, who scored against Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, played 24 minutes off the bench for Xolos.

Rubio Rubin was an unused sub for Utrecht on Saturday. With all the movement on the USMNT forward depth chart, Rubin has to start finding some form in the Eredivisie to remain in future 23-man squads. 


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


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