The US men’s national team roster for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers is absolutely loaded with MLS players, with Bruce Arena calling 18 players from the league to his 25-man roster for matches against Honduras on Friday and at Panama on March 28.
The group, which began convening in San Jose on Sunday ahead of the Honduras match at Avaya Stadium, had a busy weekend in the league, with 18 players seeing action, several of them key protagonists.
Here’s how they fared:
Tim Howard: Recorded a pair of saves in Colorado’s 2-2 home draw against Minnesota. Guessed correctly on Kevin Molino’s penalty kick, but couldn’t keep the Trinidadian’s shot out of the back of the net.
Nick Rimando: Made a pair of saves in 10-man RSL’s 2-1 home loss against LA. Would’ve been hard-pressed to do anything about either of LA’s goals, a blistering volley from Dave Romney and a close-range finish by Emmanuel Boateng.
DaMarcus Beasley: Played 90 minutes at left back for Houston in their 4-2 loss at Portland on Saturday. The veteran was called for a suspect handball in the box early on, giving Portland a penalty that they converted to go up 1-0.
Sacha Kljestan: The playmaker logged a full 90 minutes for the New York Red Bulls in their 3-1 loss at Seattle on Sunday, taking two shots and hitting three key passes but, like many of his teammates, struggling to produce his best.
Jozy Altidore: Served as the spearhead of Toronto FC’s attack with Sebastian Giovinco out injured, brilliantly setting up Victor Vazquez’s opener with a cushioned header before turning Kendall Waston like a top and firing home inside the far post to give TFC their 2-0 win at Vancouver.
Clint Dempsey: Deuce netted from the penalty spot to open the scoring in Seattle on Sunday evening. It's his second goal in three games this year, as he continues to make up for lost time following his return from some six months on the sidelines due to an irregular heartbeat.
Jordan Morris: The 2016 MLS Rookie of the Year turned in a typical hard-running display against the New York Red Bulls, capped by a point-blank header on Nicolas Lodeiro's pinpoint cross to the back post that gave the Sounders a lead they would not relinquish.