We’re just over two weeks until the start of CONCACAF’s Hexagonal, the final round of World Cup qualifying for our region. Not only that, but we getting so close to the epic USMNT/Mexico match in Columbus on November 11.
While our blood is beginning to boil about the beginning of the Hex, the players are beginning to feel it too. Just this week we’ve seen several prominent USMNT stars score important goals for their clubs. Here’s a mini-recap of all the good things to happen this week:
Julian Green scores first Bayern goal
In the second round of the DFB Cup, Julian Green got his first start for Bayern Munich this season and took full advantage of it by scoring this well-placed header from just outside the six-yard box.
It’s his first ever competitive goal for Bayern Munich’s senior team and it comes off the heels of his two-goal month for the USMNT. He looks a great bet to be named to the upcoming roster for the Hex.
Bobby Wood busts out of slump with a brace
The DFB Cup was a very profitable one for Americans this week. Bobby Wood not only scored once, but tacked on another to double his goal scoring total for the season.
Wood doesn’t seem to be in any danger of missing out on the upcoming roster. The only question surrounding his status right now is whether or not he has a spot in the starting lineup secured. I suppose it all depends on what type of system Jurgen Klinsmann will want to run out against Mexico and/or Costa Rica...
Fabian the Finisher
The third and final DFB Cup USMNT goal scorer is Fabian Johnson who finished off this lovely back heel assist in a 2-0 win over Stuttgart:
As always, Fabian’s name will be one of the first on the teamsheet. However, much to the dismay of some, it will lineup be further back in the formation than he plays for BMG.
Jumping for Jozy
Another USMNT striker regaining his form after tailing off a bit is Jozy Altidore. The USA’s third all-time leading goal scorer led Toronto FC to their first ever playoff win with a goal and assist performance against the Philadelphia Union. After notching the assist on the opening goal of the match by Giovinco, Jozy went and finished the match off in the second half:
Jozy Altidore. #TORvPHI pic.twitter.com/NE83upbvSo— MLS Türkiye (@TurkiyeMLS) October 27, 2016
Bedoya’s consolation prize
Rounding out the midweek goal bonanza is Alejandro Bedoya, who poked home this goal in the same match to give the Union temporary life. It wasn’t to be as Altidore’s goal finished them off and sent them packing.
The @PhilaUnion have life!@AleBedoya17 cuts the lead in half. #TORvPHI https://t.co/ozp8BJBShr— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 27, 2016
Bedoya’s return to MLS hasn’t gone exactly to plan, but that’s to be expected coming into a new league and a new team. As always, he’s a contender to start for the USMNT in the upcoming qualifiers, but nothing is guaranteed.
The boys are rounding into form just in the right time. This isn’t even counting Christian Pulisic’s goal at the weekend or Jordan Morris, who plays tonight. With just over two weeks away, we’re looking pretty good...