USMNT Watch: Pulisic Rescues Point for Dortmund, Yedlin Back in Starting XI

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistOctober 23, 2016

U.S. forward Christian Pulisic reacts after scoring against Bolivia during the second half of an international friendly soccer match, Saturday, May. 28, 2016, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Colin E. Braley/Associated Press

Two of the prized young players in the United States men's national team system played significant roles for their respective clubs in Europe on Saturday.

Christian Pulisic, who should feature in the USMNT starting XI for the Mexico match on November 11, secured a key point for Borussia Dortmund, while DeAndre Yedlin finally returned to the Newcastle United lineup. 

Both players are key parts of the USMNT setup and earning playing time at the club level is needed in the weeks leading up to the Mexico showdown.

Continue reading for more on both players and other Americans abroad in our weekly USMNT Watch. 


Christian Pulisic Nets Stoppage-Time Equalizer for Dortmund

Pulisic came off the bench at half-time for Dortmund on Saturday against Ingolstadt.

With the clock ticking down in second-half stoppage time, the 18-year-old knocked in a rebound from close range at the right side of the net to level the contest at three goals apiece. 

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

U-S-A! U-S-A! @cpulisic_10 scores the equalizer in stoppage time, saving Dortmund a point in Ingolstadt. #FCIBVB https://t.co/RoAVuj2C3k

The goal was the second of the Bundesliga season for Pulisic, who has his sights set on a position in Jurgen Klinsmann's lineup for the opening matches of the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Pulisic also produced an assist in the 3-3 draw, which came four days after he played the full 90 in the UEFA Champions League against Sporting CP.

Alfredo Morales came on for Ingolstadt in the latter stages of Saturday's match at the Audi Sportpark. 

John Brooks was a part of the Hertha Berlin squad that jumped into second in the Bundesliga table on Saturday with a 2-1 win over fourth-placed Cologne. 

Brooks is one of a few players in the mix to start at center-back against Mexico and Costa Rica. Barring a setback, the Hertha man should line up in the middle of defense for both matches. 

Cologne's French forward Anthony Modeste (L) and Hertha Berlin's US defender John Anthony Brooks vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Cologne in Berlin, on October 22, 2016.  / AFP /

Another defender you should keep an eye on before November is Timothy Chandler, who once again went the full 90 for Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.

Chandler may not unseat Yedlin at right-back, but he could fill the vacant left-back role that no one has claimed since DaMarcus Beasley retired for good in 2015 and Fabian Johnson permanently moved up to midfield. 

Bobby Wood played 45 minutes as a substitute against Chandler for Hamburg. The 3-0 defeat extended Hamburg's scoreless streak to 572 minutes. Wood's pair of tallies from the start of the season are the club's only goals in eight league matches this term.

Down in the Bundesliga 2, Andrew Wooten scored his fourth goal of the season for ninth-place Sandhausen on Friday. 

Wooten is still on the outside looking in on the USMNT forward depth chart, and he might be for quite some time given the in-form stars ahead of him.


DeAndre Yedlin Returns to Newcastle Lineup

After starting the last three matches on the bench, Yedlin returned to Rafa Benitez's starting XI for Newcastle's match against Ipswich Town

Any time on the pitch is considered good at this point for the right-back, who must be in form for the two challenging clashes with the Yanks' top CONCACAF rivals in November. 

There's a small chance Yedlin moves up to the right wing since he played there versus New Zealand earlier in October, but it's unlikely if Johnson and Pulisic are healthy. 

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: DeAndre Yedlin #2 of United States and Kip Colvey #18 of New Zealand battle for the ball in the first half during an International Friendly at RFK Stadium on October 11, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Im
Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The 3-0 win made the Magpies the first team over 30 points in the Championship. A return to the Premier League and success under Benitez would only boost Yedlin's stock.

Tim Ream did not start for Fulham in their 1-0 loss to Aston Villa. The center-back started the previous four matches for the Cottagers.

Danny Williams helped Reading earn an away win over Rotherham United on Saturday. The Royals' three-goal triumph moved them up to eighth in the Championship. 

Eric Lichaj played the whole match for Nottingham Forest in their 2-1 loss to Cardiff City. Forest are three points above the relegation zone in 19th place.

Geoff Cameron started in defensive midfield once again as Stoke City won their 100th Premier League game, against Hull City. Cameron's positioning is still worth watching over the next few weeks. If Klinsmann wants to use a more defensive system, Cameron would be the ideal choice to slot next to Michael Bradley.


MLS-Based Stars Preparing for Decision Day

Major League Soccer concludes its regular season on Sunday with 10 games at 4 p.m. ET. 

The most contentious playoff race remaining is in the Western Conference, in which four teams are fighting for three spots.

Jordan Morris and the Seattle Sounders need a win against Real Salt Lake to ensure a place in the postseason, while the same can be said about Benny Feilhaber and Sporting Kansas City, who are set to face the San Jose Earthquakes.

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Jordan Morris #13 of Seattle Sounders lines up a shot during Los Angeles Galaxy's MLS match against Seattle Sounders at the StubHub Center on September 25, 2016 in Carson, California.  The Seattle Sounders won the match 4-2. (Ph
Shaun Clark/Getty Images

Darlington Nagbe's Portland Timbers must beat Vancouver Whitecaps and receive some help from elsewhere. 

The six playoff teams are settled in the Eastern Conference, but the seeds have yet to be determined. There's a good chance some USMNT stars will face each other in the first knockout round of the playoffs on Wednesday and Thursday.

Alejandro Bedoya and the Philadelphia Union would be on a collision course to play the Jozy Altidore-led Toronto FC if the standings hold after Sunday's play.


News and Notes: Matt Miazga Picks up Another Start

Matt Miazga kept his place in the Vitesse Arnhem starting lineup on Sunday, as he played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with NEC Nijmegen

Miazga may not return to the USMNT first team right away, but if he continues to earn minutes in the Eredivisie, he should jump into the crowded center-back conversation. 

Jonathan Bornstein started at left-back for Queretaro on Saturday. If Klinsmann is willing to welcome Bornstein back into the fold, he'd be able to fill the opening at left-back. 

William Yarbrough started in goal for Club Leon on Saturday. Yarbrough is behind Tim Howard, Brad Guzan and Ethan Horvath on the USMNT goalkeeper depth chart. 


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


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.