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USMNT REWIND: PSV TRIO CROWNED EREDIVISIE CHAMPS AND ALL THE BIG PERFORMANCES FROM LAST WEEK’S ACTION

May 6, 2024, | Courtesy of www.ussoccer.com



It was an eventful week for players in the U.S. Men’s National Team players’ pool, which included a dozen standout performances from player across the globe.


Sergiño Dest, Malik Tillman and Ricardo Pepi (an assist) had plenty to celebrate as PSV Eindhoven clinched its first Dutch Eredivisie crown in six years.


Haji Wright ended his English Championship season on a good note with a goal and an assist in his two matches.


Nashville SC captain Walker Zimmerman experienced a unique win, scoring a goal for each side.


Aidan Morris helped the Columbus Crew reach the Concacaf Champions Cup final with a goal.

Several other players were in a giving mood as Christian Pulisic, DeAndre Yedlin, Alejandro Zendejas and Brendan Aaronson set up goals for their respective sides.


In net, goalkeeper Zack Steffen recorded his second shutout of the season for the Colorado Rapids.


And despite a loss in their final regular season contest, Josh Sargent and his Norwich City teammates will have an opportunity to battle for promotion to the English Premier League.


A BIG DUTCH TREAT


Defender Sergiño Dest, midfielder Malik Tillman, forward Ricardo Pepi and PSV Eindhoven are Dutch Eredivisie champions. PSV won the title for the first time in six years as it recorded a 4-2 home win over Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday, May 5. Tillman went the full 90 minutes. Pepi came off the bench in the 77th minute to assist on the hosts' final goal by Jordan Teze only a minute later. Dest is sidelined with an ACL injury. With two matches remaining in the season, PSV (28-1-3, 87 points) has scored more goals (107) and conceded the fewest (19) of any of the 18 Eredivisie sides.


INTO THE FINAL


Aidan Morris started the Columbus Crew on its way to a 3-1 victory at Monterrey with the equalizing goal in the second leg of the Concacaf Champions Cup semifinals on May 1. Columbus won the series 5-2, after a 2-1 home triumph in the opening leg. The midfielder tallied four minutes into first-half stoppage time to knot things up at 1-1. Morris intercepted a poor pass by goalkeeper Esteban Andrada, ran toward the penalty area before powering home a 20-yard shot into the lower left corner. Monterrey's Brandon Vazquez came on as a 54th-minute substitute. The Crew will play at Pachuca on June 1.


ONE OF EACH


Haji Wright finished the English Championship campaign with a goal and an assist in his final two matches. He tallied Coventry City's lone goal in its 2-1 home loss to Ipswich Town on Tuesday, April 30. The 26-year-old forward recorded his 19th goal of the season across all competitions. He took a Kasey Palmer pass and fired a low shot past keeper Vaclav Hladky in the 64th minute. On Saturday, May 4, Wright assisted on his seventh goal, on Jamie Allen's score in the 83rd minute in a 2-1 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers. Coventry (17-16-13, 64) finished in ninth place.


BOTH SIDES NOW


Nashville SC center back and captain Walker Zimmerman tallied for both sides in his team's 4-1 MLS home win over CF Montreal on Saturday, May 4. Zimmerman scored his first goal of the MLS campaign, heading home Hany Mukhtar's 21st-minute corner kick to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. In the 65th minute, Zimmerman scored an unlucky own goal. Mathieu Choiniere sent the ball into the box that was intended for Raheem Edwards. The ball, however. deflected off Zimmerman’s foot and into the net past keeper Joe Willis in the 65th minute.


EARLY BIRD


Assisting on a goal from the back doesn't get much earlier in a match than this, as FC Cincinnati right back DeAndre Yedlin set up Luciano Acosta's score only 17 seconds into a 1-0 MLS win at Orlando City SC on Saturday, May 4. Yedlin sent a long ball down the right flank to Acosta, who dribbled through the defense before firing a shot past goalkeeper Pedro Gallese at the near post. It was Yedlin's second assist of the season.


EIGHTH ASSIST


Christian Pulisic's eighth assist of the Italian Serie A season helped A.C. Milan to a 3-3 home draw with Genoa on Sunday, May 5. Playing as a No. 10, Pulisic found Olivier Giroud at the back post as the Frenchman scored off a volley to lift the hosts into a 3-2 lead in the 75th minute. Pulisic, who hit the woodwork during the match, has 10 league goals this campaign.


A COUPLE OF HELPERS


Alejandro Zendejas and Brendan Aaronson set up goals for their respective teams in losses last week.


Zendejas set up Club America's lone score in its 2-1 defeat at Pachuca in Liga MX on Tuesday, April 30. He fed Henry Martin in the 23rd minute.


Aaronson, who came on at halftime, and assisted on Union Berlin's final goal in its 4-3 home loss to Bochum in the Bundesliga on Sunday, May 5. Aaronson's short pass from the left side of the box found Benedict Hollerbach, who scored from close range past goalie Manuel Riemann in the 74th minute.


KEEPING IT CLEAN


Goalkeeper Zack Steffen backstopped his second shutout of the season for the Colorado Rapids, who blanked host New York City FC, 2-0, in MLS action on Sunday, May 5. Steffen made three saves for the Rapids (5-3-3, 18), who equaled their 2023-win total over 34 games.


A LOSS, BUT HOPE


Josh Sargent and Norwich City went down in their regular-season finale, a 1-0 defeat at Birmingham City, in English Championship action on Saturday, May 4. However, the Canaries will play at least another two times in the semifinals of the English Premier League promotion playoffs. Norwich City (21-15-10, 73), which finished sixth in the league for the final playoff berth, will host Leeds United on Sunday, May 12 before visiting its rivals in the second leg on Thursday, May 16. The winner will meet the victor of the West Bromwich Albion-Southampton series in the playoff final on May 26. Sargent played 82 minutes on Saturday.


STILL IN THE RUNNING


Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann and Venezia still had hopes of gaining automatic promotion to Italian Serie A after the team registered a 2-1 win over Feralpisalo in Serie B on Sunday, May 5. Third-place Venezia (21-9-7, 70) needs to defeat host Spezia, while second-place Como (21-7-9, 72) must lose to visiting Cosenza for the former to move on up, in the final regular season matches for both squads on Friday, May 10. The top two Serie B teams will move up to the first division, while third through sixth-place teams will battle for a spot in the promotion playoffs.


GOING DOWN


Eupen and goalkeeper Gaga Slonina were demoted from the Belgian Pro League after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Kortrijk, another relegated side, on Sunday, May 15. Eupen, (7-10-3, 24), which finished 14th out of 17 teams, registered only one win in its final 13 matches. Slonina, an Olympic team hopeful, is expected to return to Chelsea, which had loaned him to Eupen.


FULL RUNDOWN


  • Brenden Aaronson (Union Berlin; Bundesliga) - 45 minutes as a substitute, ASSIST, in 4-3 loss vs. Bochum (May 5)

  • Paxten Aaronson (Vitesse; Dutch Eredivisie) - 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Utrecht (May 5)

  • Kellyn Acosta (Chicago Fire; MLS) - 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New England Revolution (May 4)

  • Tyler Adams (AFC Bournemouth; English Premier League) – Injured, DNP in 3-0 loss at Arsenal (May 4)

  • Folarin Balogun (Monaco; French Ligue 1) – 24 minutes as a substitute in 4-1 win vs. Clermont (May 4)

  • Taylor Booth (Utrecht; Dutch Eredivisie) - 45 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Vitesse (May 5)

  • Gianluca Busio (Venezia; Italian Serie B) – 71 minutes in 3-2 loss at Catanzaro (May 1); 73 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Feralpisalo (May 5)

  • Drake Callender (Inter Miami CF; MLS) - 90 minutes in 6-2 win vs. New York Red Bulls (May 4)

  • Johnny Cardoso (Real Betis; Spain La Liga) - 74 minutes in 2-0 win at Osasuna (May 5)

  • Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic; Scottish Premiership) - 90 minutes in 3-0 win vs. Hearts (May 4)

  • Cade Cowell (Guadalajara; Liga MX) - No games

  • Ben Cremaschi (Inter Miami CF; MLS) - 24 minutes as a substitute in 6-2 win vs. New York Red Bulls (May 4)

  • Sergiño Dest (PSV Eindhoven; Dutch Eredivisie) - Injured, DNP in 4-2 win vs. Sparta Rotterdam (May 5)

  • Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo, Spain La Liga) - 45 minutes as a substitute in 3-2 win vs. Villarreal (May 5)

  • Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; MLS) - 45 minutes as a substitute in 3-1 loss at Toronto FC (May 4)

  • Julian Gressel (Inter Miami CF; MLS) - 66minutes in 6-2 win vs. New York Red Bulls (May 4)

  • Ethan Horvath (Cardiff City; English Championship) - 90 minutes in 5-2 loss at Rotherham United (May 4)

  • DeJuan Jones (New England Revolution; MLS) – Injured, DNP in 1-0 win at Chicago Fire (May 4)

  • Kristoffer Lund (Palmero; Italy Serie B) - 90 minutes in 2-2 draw vs. Ascoli (May 5); 90 minutes in 1-0 win at Spezia (May 1)

  • Lennard Maloney (Heidenheim; Bundesliga) - Injured, DNP in 1-1 draw vs. Mainz (May 5)

  • Weston McKennie (Juventus; Italy Serie A) - 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at Roma (May 5)

  • Mark McKenzie (Genk; Belgian Pro League) - 90 minutes in 4-1 loss vs. Cercle Brugge in Jupiler Pro League playoffs (May 4)

  • Djordje Mihailovic (Colorado Rapids; MLS) - Not in 18, DNP in 2-0 win at New York City FC (May 5)

  • Shaq Moore (Nashville SC; MLS) - Injured, DNP in 4-1 win vs. CF Montreal (May 4)

  • Aidan Morris (Columbus Crew; MLS) - 74 minutes, GOAL, at Monterrey in Concacaf Champions Cup (May 1)

  • Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; MLS) - 86 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. LA Galaxy (May 5)

  • Yunus Musah (A.C. Milan; Italy Serie A) - SUSPENDED, DNP in 3-3 draw vs. Genoa (May 5)

  • Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy; MLS) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw at Seattle Sounders (May 5)

  • Erik Palmer-Brown (Panathinaikos; Greek Super League) - No games

  • Kevin Paredes (Wolfsburg; Bundesliga) - 82 minutes in 3-0 win vs. Darmstadt (May 4)

  • Jordan Pefok (Borussia Mönchengladbach; Bundesliga) - 11 minutes as a substitute in 2-2 draw at Werder Bremen (May 4)

  • Ricardo Pepi (PSV Eindhoven; Dutch Eredivisie) - 13 minutes as a substitute, ASSIST, in 4-2 win vs. Sparta Rotterdam (May 5)

  • Christian Pulisic (A.C. Milan; Italy Serie A) - 90 minutes, ASSIST, in 3-3 draw vs. Genoa (May 5)

  • Tim Ream (Fulham; English Premier League) - In 18, DNP in 0-0 draw at Brentford (May 4)

  • Gio Reyna (Nottingham Forest; English Premier League) - In 18, DNP in 3-1 win at Sheffield United (May 4)

  • Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo; Belgian Pro League) - 90 minutes in 2-2 draw vs. Sint-Truiden (May 3)

  • Chris Richards (Crystal Palace; English Premier League) - Vs. Manchester United (Monday, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Antonee Robinson (Fulham; English Premier League) - 90 minutes in 0-0 draw at Brentford (May 4)

  • Miles Robinson (FC Cincinnati; MLS) - 90 minutes in 1-0 win at Orlando City SC (May 4)

  • James Sands (New York City FC; MLS) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss vs. Colorado Rapids (May 5)

  • Josh Sargent (Norwich City; Championship) - 82 minutes in 1-0 loss at Birmingham City (May 4)

  • Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach; Bundesliga) - 90 minutes in 2-2 draw at Werder Bremen (May 4)

  • Gaga Slonina (Eupen; Belgian Pro League) - 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Kortrijk (May 5)

  • Zack Steffen (Colorado Rapids; MLS) - 90 minutes, SHUTOUT, in 2-0 win at New York City FC (May 5)

  • Tanner Tessmann (Venezia; Italy Serie B) – 45 minutes as a substitute in 2-1 win vs. Feralpisalo (May 5); 90 minutes in 3-2 loss at Catanzaro (May 1)

  • Malik Tillman (PSV Eindhoven; Dutch Eredivisie) - 90 minutes in 4-2 win vs. Sparta Rotterdam (May 5)

  • Timmy Tillman (Los Angeles FC; MLS) - 90 minutes in 3-1 loss at San Jose Earthquakes (May 4)

  • John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls; MLS) - 90 minutes in 6-2 loss at Inter Miami CF (May 4)

  • Auston Trusty (Sheffield United; English Premier League) - 90 minutes in 3-1 loss vs. Nottingham Forest (May 4)

  • Matt Turner (Nottingham Forest; English Premier League) - In 18, DNP in 3-1 win at Sheffield United (May 4)

  • Brandon Vazquez (Monterrey; Liga MX) – 36 minutes as a substitute in 3-1 loss vs. Columbus Crew in Concacaf Champions Cup (May 1)

  • Tim Weah (Juventus; Italy Serie A) - 61 minutes in 1-1 draw at Roma (May 5)

  • Caleb Wiley (Atlanta United; MLS - 90 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. Minnesota United (May 4)

  • Haji Wright (Coventry City; English Championship) – 90 minutes, ASSIST, in 2-1 loss vs. Queens Park Rangers (May 4); 90 minutes, GOAL, in 2-1 loss vs. Ipswich Town (April 30)

  • DeAndre Yedlin (FC Cincinnati; MLS) - 90 minutes, ASSIST, in 1-0 win at Orlando City SC (May 4)

  • Alejandro Zendejas (Club America; Liga MX) - 68 minutes, ASSIST, in 2-1 loss at Pachuca (April 30)

  • Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; MLS) - 90 minutes, GOAL, in 4-1 win vs. CF Montreal (May 4)


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