Terrence Boyd and Juan Agudelo both scored in their teams' victories last weekend, making their cases for places in the U.S. national team's upcoming pre-World Cup camp.If Jurgen Klinsmann hasn’t already made up his mind about which forwards to bring to the U.S. national team training camp, the fringe candidates aren’t making the decisions any easier.
Terrence Boyd and Juan Agudelo both scored goals this past weekend, boosting their chances to earn call-ups to the U.S. pre-World Cup training camp later this month.
Boyd made it five goals in three matches, as he helped Rapid Vienna secure second place in the Austrian Bundesliga by scoring in a 2-0 win over Wacker Innsbruck. The goal gives Boyd 19 goals in all competitions, a new personal best and second most by any foreign-based American this season, behind Aron Johannsson.
Agudelo ended his loan with Dutch side FC Utrecht in style, delivering a goal and assist in a 2-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday. Agudelo finished his half-season loan with three goals and three assists across 14 matches.
The season is over for Mexican-based Americans, with the Club Tijuana contingent eliminated from the Clausura playoffs by Toluca. Edgar Castillo started and played 90 minutes in the Xolos’ second-leg loss, with Joe Corona playing 22 off the bench. Herculez Gomez failed to make an appearance in the second leg, managing just a two-minute cameo in last Thursday’s first-leg 0-0 tie.
In England, Danny Williams saw his hopes of promotion to the English Premier League dashed after Reading tied Burnley 2-2 on Saturday. The draw, coupled with Brighton & Hove Albion’s victory, dropped Reading out of the League Championship promotion playoffs. Williams did not play in the match, as he was sidelined by the knee injury he suffered in his USA appearance against Ukraine in March. The injury has cost him more than a half dozen matches down the stretch of the season.
In Germany, Joe Gyau appeared in his second straight match for Hoffenheim, playing 29 minutes in Hoffenheim’s 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund. The 21-year-old winger has impressed in his cameos for the Bundesliga side, which also featured Fabian Johnson in a starting role against Dortmund.
John Brooks continued his run of starts for Hertha Berlin, playing 90 minutes in Hertha’s 2-0 loss to Werder Bremen on Saturday. Timmy Chandler continued to play his way back toward a potential return to the U.S. national team, going 90 minutes in Nuremberg’s 2-0 loss to Hannover 96 on Saturday. The defeat keeps Nuremberg in the relegation zone heading into the final weekend of the Bundesliga season.
In England, Tim Howard and Everton saw their Champions League dreams officially ended in a 3-2 loss to Manchester City on Saturday. The defeat clinched Arsenal’s hold on fourth place in the Premier League, and the Champions League berth that comes with it.
It was a better week for the other American starting goalkeeper in the Premier League, with Brad Guzan and Aston Villa defeating Hull City 3-1. Geoff Cameron and Stoke City routed Fulham 4-1, sealing the Cottagers' relegation.
In France, Alejandro Bedoya continued his run of starts for Nantes, playing the full 90 minutes in his team’s 1-1 tie with Toulouse on Sunday.
In Norway, Mix Diskerud started and played 90 minutes in Rosenborg’s 2-0 loss to Molde. Michael Stephens and Stabaek dropped their third match in four after a 2-1 loss to Sandnes.