5 (tie). Brian de la Fuente & Moises Orozco (Ararat Yerevan)
Are we digging deep this week, you ask? Perhaps, but the occasion of two Americans Abroad scoring goals for the same team in the same game was too much to pass over.
On Sunday two teammates toiling in the obscurity of the Armenian Premier League combined to push Ararat Yerevan to an important away result. In the 9th minute, 24-year-old midfielder Moises Orozco slotted home a penalty for a 1-0 lead. Later on, in the 48th minute, 23-year-old striker Bryan de la Fuente struck to level the score at 2-2 to earn a draw vs Banants.
The result puts Ararat fourth on the league table about midway through the season. Only goal differential separates them from a top three position and its corresponding place in the 2016-17 Europa League Qualifying Round.
Orozco, from Oxnard, CA, and de la Fuente, from Laredo, TX, are both in their second seasons with the Armenian side. They also happen to be tied for second on the club with three goals apiece. (Skip to goal sequence at 0:25 and 2:42 of the video below.)
Perhaps the still unlikeliest inclusion in this week's Top 5 is, in fact, Timothy Chandler.
The oft-maligned right back had seemingly drifted into oblivion at Eintracht Frankfurt over the last several months. Chandler hadn't made the 18 since January 30, hadn't played a single minute of action since December 13, and hadn't started since November 21, nearly four months ago.
So when the lineups were unveiled on Sunday, many eyebrows were raised by Chandler's sudden inclusion. But there he was, starting at right back in a massively important relegation battle vs Hannover 96, aired nationally in the U.S. on the FOX broadcast network mothership, no less.
Chandler didn't disappoint, producing his best performance of the season by a long shot. He was heavily involved in the attack, providing a consistent threat down the right flank. His tenacious work on the buildup to Frankfurt's opening goal, while not a work of art, was reflective of the grit he showed throughout the match. (Skip to 0:32 of the video below.)
He also did his share on the defensive end, helping lock down a clean sheet for a 1-0 win, keeping Eintracht Frankfurt apace with four other clubs in a relegation fight that will surely last into the final weekend.
3. Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Just days after agreeing to a contract extension that will keep him at Nottingham Forest thru 2018, Eric Lichaj was back on the pitch proving his worth.
Last Tuesday in a difficult away test at Hull City, Lichaj was again among the best players on the field for Forest. Aside from nearly scoring in the first half, it would be his defensive work that stood out, making numerous key tackles to hold the Hull attack at bay. Forest would ultimately earn a 1-1 draw.
Already a fan favorite, Lichaj's extension reflects the increasing leadership role he's taken on with the club. While wins have been hard to come by lately, Forest's ails have certainly not been on the defensive side of the ball. Much credit for that goes to Eric Lichaj.
2. Danny Williams (Reading)
There is no more glaring omission from Jürgen Klinsmann's March USMNT roster than Danny Williams. Given both the quality of his play and the absence of Jermaine Jones, you might even call it shocking.
In the midst of a career season at Reading, Williams has been among the Royals' most consistent performers. Having already established career bests in goals and assists, he's now increasingly imposing his influence on matches. It's no coincidence that Williams has doubled his shots per game compared to a year ago.
Last Tuesday at second-place Brighton & Hove Albion, he put in another standout performance, albeit in a 1-0 losing effort. Williams' 92% passing efficiency helped Reading maintain the majority of possession time; not exactly what you might expect in a difficult away match. He was credited with seven "Dribbles Won" by Whoscored.com, a metric definedas "taking on an opponent and successfully making it past them whilst retaining the ball." That sounds pretty good to me.
Williams, meanwhile, will seek to maintain his current level in hopes of earning a place at Copa America Centenario.
1. Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
You could almost set your watch to it at this point.
It'd be more surprising if Bobby Wood didn't score given the run he's been on, but that wasn't the case on Friday. Wood again set the tone for Union Berlin, opening the scoring in the 58th minute of play.
Right place, right time, and inexplicably unmarked in the box:
Union Berlin would go on to defeat Eintracht Braunschweig by a 3-1 final, as Wood's scoring binge now has the club up to 7th place on the 2.Bundesliga table.
The goal was Wood's fourteenth of the season, ninth in his last eight games, and sixth consecutive game with a goal. He still ranks third in the league's Golden Boot race.
Wood will carry that sizzling form with him on the plane to Guatemala this week, where we'll hope to see more of the same from him in World Cup Qualifying.