For the second game in a row, Terrence Boyd
scored goals for Rapid Vienna, putting away the late winner
in a 2-1 defeat of champion Red Bull Salzburg in Austria's Bundesliga.
Boyd's goals were the 17th and 18th of the season in all competitions. Red
Bull Salzburg is the runaway winner of the Austrian title, but second-place Rapid's win opened up a three-point lead over third-place Austria Vienna with two games to play.
continues to make a late case for inclusion on the U.S. national team's 30-player short list, scoring the winning goal in Hertha Bertha's 2-0 win
over Eintracht Braunschweig.
Brooks scored in the 61st minute following a corner kick for his first goal since his Bundesliga debut on the opening day of the season. He has started in
five of Hertha's last seven games.
Elsewhere in Germany, Tim Chandler
returned to action for the first time
in more than two months with Nuremberg, while Joe Gyau
made his Bundesliga debut for Hoffenheim.
Sidelined with a knee injury since early February, Chandler came on in the second half Nuremberg's 2-0 loss at Mainz. Gyau, 21, is in his fourth season
with Hoffenheim, which signed him out of the U.S. under-17 residency program in 2009.
-- In the 2. Bundesliga, Andrew Wooten
had two goals for FSV Frankfurt in its 3-1 win over Energie Cottbus.
Goalkeepers Tim Howard
and Brad Guzan
suffered long afternoons in the Premier League. Howard's Everton lost to
Southampton, 2-0, on a pair of own goals. Guzan's Aston Villa dropped a 4-1 decision to Swansea City in a match that saw Jonjo Shelvey score
from more than 40 yards against Guzan.
France: Strong season boosts Bedoya's World Cup chances
FRIDAY NIGHT. Edgar Castillo
and Joe Corona
started for Tijuana in its 2-1 loss at
home to Leon that kept it from clinching a berth in Mexico's Torneo Clausura playoffs. Xolos sit seventh, but three teams -- Morelia and Atlas with wins and Guadalajara with a win by four or more
goals -- still will have a chance to overtake them and claim berths in the eight-team Liguilla. Seven teams could finish tied for fourth place. Pachuca jumped ahead of Tijuana on goal difference when
it came back from 3-0 down at Queretaro with 15 minutes remaining to win 4-3. Leading Scorers (2013-14):
26 Aron Johannsson
(AZ) 18+2 Terrence Boyd
9 Sacha Kljestan
(Anderlecht) 6 Alejandro Bedoya
(Nantes) (Goals in all club competitions.)
U.S. World Cup Contenders: GOALKEEPERS (3): Saturday:
Cory Cropper (did not dress), Southampton (England), vs. 2-0 Everton Brad Guzan
(90 minutes), Aston Villa (England), 1-4 at
Swansea City Tim Howard
(90 minutes), Everton (England), 0-2 at Southampton DEFENDERS (12):
(90 minutes, 1 yellow card), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-2 vs. Leon Saturday: John Brooks
(90 minutes, 1 goal), Hertha Berlin (Germany), 2-0 vs. Eintracht Braunschweig Geoff Cameron
Stoke City (England), 0-1 vs. Tottenham Timmy Chandler
(sub: 45 minutes), Nuremberg (Germany), 0-2 at Mainz Fabian
(90 minutes), Hoffenheim (Germany), 0-0 vs. Ein. Frankfurt
Eric Lichaj (did not dress), Nottingham Forest (England D2), 1-4 at Bournemouth Oguchi Onyewu
(90 minutes, 1 yellow card), Sheffield Wed. (England D2), 1-3 vs. Bolton Wanderers
Will Packwood (did not dress), Birmingham City (England D2), vs. Leeds United
(90 minutes), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 3-1 at Sheffield Wed.
Jonathan Spector, Birmingham City (England D2), 1-3 vs. Leeds United
DaMarcus Beasley, Puebla (Mexico), vs. Morelia
Michael Orozco, Puebla (Mexico), vs. Morelia MIDFIELDERS (11):
(France), 1-1 vs. Marseille Joe Corona
(59 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-2 vs. Leon Alfredo Morales
minutes, 1 yellow card), FC Ingolstadt (Germany D2), 1-1 vs. FC Cologne Saturday:
Stuart Holden, Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 3-1 at Sheffield
Brek Shea, Stoke City (England), 0-1 vs. Tottenham
Jose Torres, Tigres (Mexico), vs. Atlas
Danny Williams (did not dress), Reading (England D2), 3-1 at Doncaster Rovers
Mikkel Diskerud, Rosenborg (Norway), vs. Brann
Josh Gatt, Molde (Norway), at Sandnes Ulf
Jones, Besiktas (Turkey), at Sivasspor
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium), vs. Standard Liege FORWARDS (7): Friday:
Herculez Gomez (did not dress), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-2 vs. Leon
Julian Green (did not dress), Bayern Munich II (Germany), 5-1 at Rain am Lech Bobby Wood
(sub: 35 minutes), 1860 Munich (Germany D2), 2-1 at Greuther Fuerth Saturday: Terrence Boyd
(90 minutes, 2 minutes), Rapid Vienna (Austria), 2-1 vs. Red Bull Salzburg Sunday:
Juan Agudelo, FC Utrecht
(Netherlands), at Heerenveen
Jozy Altidore, Sunderland (England), vs. Cardiff City
, AZ (Netherlands), at ADO