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Aron Johannsson scores yet again! Can he match Jozy Altidore’s record for U.S. goal scorers abroad?


This much is clear when it comes to future U.S. goal scorers: their best chance, clearly, is to route their careers through Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.

OK, maybe it’s more coincidence than some kind of Dutch fairy dust, but there is something quite strange about how Jozy Altidore hit so frequently for the small Netherlands club last year – and how fellow U.S. international Aron Johannsson is doing the very same this year.

Johannsson scored yet again today, this time in an Eredivisie match against Heerenveen. He now has an absolutely sensational 18 goals in all competitions this year.

This comes just three days after 23-year-old striker scored twice to help his team advance into the KNVB Cup quarterfinals.

So it begs the question: can Johannsson possibly top Altidore’s record goal-scoring totals from one season back?

Before he moved during the summer to Premier League side Sunderland, Altidore scored 31 goals across in all competitions last season for Alkmaar. That shattered the old record for U.S. players abroad, one held by Clint Dempsey. His prolific scoring was among the reasons voters chose Altidore as U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year.

But here comes Johannsson, with 18 at this point … and four-plus months to chase down Altidore’s mark, one that’s not yet a year old.

Either way, Altidore’s U.S. national team record of scoring a goal in five consecutive matches (from June 2-Aug. 14) seems safe enough. That’s one Johannsson (or anyone else) will have a tough time breaking.

Hilarious “Friends” spoof video ‘starring’ Messi, Ronaldo (video)

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Given the rivalry surrounding the two megawatt superstars plying their trade in Spain, you may be surprised to learn that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best of friends.

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At least that’s what this spoof video conveys, as the Real Madrid and Barcelona stars help each other navigate tax season and toilet troubles.

Brilliant stuff, from FootbOle:

Top USMNT-Mexico moments: Looking back ahead of Saturday

PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25:  Landon Donovan #10 of United States celebrates his goal with teammates Carlos Bocanegra #3 and Alejandro Bedoya #22  against Mexico during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship at the Rose Bowl on June 25, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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You could argue its the biggest match between the U.S. and Mexico outside of the 2002 World Cup’s Round of 16, and there would be few arguments against you.

The United States and Mexico will tangle on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, with the winner advancing to the 2017 Confederations Cup finals in Russia.

It’s only so often that these rivals match up in a “do or die” match. Sure World Cup qualifiers carry critical import, but they don’t always become the decisive moment in the qualifying cycle.

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Aside from the aforementioned World Cup match and the first match in the rivalry — see 1934 below — no other match has carried as much international weight as Saturday.

So with anticipation high, let’s dance backward in time to the Yanks’ best moments in the rivalry. And let’s also imagine what would have to happen to put Saturday in the mix.

(Of course, our apologies to Mexican fans. We aren’t including the times you slapped American soccer in the face).

2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 — “Dos a Cero” to the fourth power

There is no more celebrated score line in USMNT history than the 2-0 hurting it put on Mexico in four successive home World Cup qualifiers.

2002 — World Cup Round of 16

Goals from Brian McBride and Landon Donovan prodded an upset of the world’s then-No. 7 ranked nation, as the USMNT carried a feel of destiny through its best World Cup.

1934 — World Cup qualifier

Aldo Donnelli scored all four goals as the States won the first recorded match against Mexico, and it was a big one. The winner would go on to the 1934 tournament in Italy, while the loser would go on a tour of European friendlies. The States won, and wouldn’t win again until the qualifiers for the 1982 tournament.

2012 — First win at Azteca

It may’ve been a friendly, but Michael Orozco’s finish will go down as the Yanks’ first ever winner in the fortress of Mexico City.

1980 — World Cup qualifier

Though it meant little to the Yanks’ fate in the 1982 tournament — the U.S. finished last in a group with Mexico and Canada — it was the first win over El Tri in 46 years.