Lloyd scored a pair of goals in a 3-0 semifinal victory over Mexico on Friday night, securing the United States a trip to next year’s World Cup and a spot in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship title match Sunday.
Adriano’s five-goal performance in Belarus —with two goals from the penalty spot — equaled Lionel Messi’s five against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012.
The U.S. women’s soccer team completed Part I of its trip to the 2015 World Cup by doing the expected, dominating play Monday night in a 6-0 win over Haiti to finish unbeaten - and unscored upon - in group play in the CONCACAF championship.
United (17-9-7) stretched its unbeaten streak to five games, clinching the biggest single-season turnaround in MLS history, rebounding from last year’s 24-loss season.
Morgan, who has 49 goals in 77 international caps for the U.S., was sidelined for seven months after injuring the same ankle during training last October.
As United (16-9-7) prepared for Saturday’s match against Chicago (5-9-18) at RFK Stadium, the message was clear: These final two matches are about maintaining momentum.
Klinsmann’s future as U.S. coach was called into question Wednesday when Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber criticized the German star for not taking Landon Donovan to the World Cup and for saying Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley damaged their careers by returning to MLS from European clubs.
The U.S. allowed victory to slip away in the final minutes for the second time in five days, this time spoiling a potentially storybook homecoming for Jozy Altidore.
Players and fans alike broke out in brawls after a drone dangling an Albanian banner hovered over a soccer match with Serbia.
United (16-9-7) extended their Eastern Conference lead to six points with two games remaining. The Dynamo (11-15-6) needed at least a draw to avoid elimination.
He had come oh-so-close to scoring during his national team farewell, listened to fans repeatedly serenade him with his name, accepted presents and exchanged hugs.
Donovan played in all 12 U.S. games at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, scoring an American-record five goals. His stoppage-time winner against Algeria four years ago gave the U.S. first place in its group for the first time in 80 years and created one of American soccer’s iconic moments.