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Americans at home: Selected performances from a big week in MLS

Big for Philly at least

MLS: LA Galaxy at Los Angeles FC Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

This week we have a brief selection of notable performances from the past week of MLS play from Americans in the league. In short, the young players the Union have are really, really good and that’s exciting for the USMNT.

Daryl Dike strikes again

I hope you read “strike” like it would rhyme with Dike in that header, that’s how I meant it to sound in my head. The youngster who will probably put Dom Dwyer in the expansion draft struck again as Orlando fell to Miami over the weekend. Chris Mueller also went 77 minutes in the match, though had a quiet night with just a shot.

Kyle Duncan and Brian White save a draw for NYRB

Playing at right back, Kyle Duncan opened the scoring for NYRB in their match against Chicago in the 39th minute. The Fire would come back and get two goals of their own in the second half as it seemed like the home team would take the points going into extra time. That’s when second half sub Brian White struck and in the 90+3rd evened the score at two. White came off the bench and made an impact playing just 12 minutes in the match.

Djordje Mihalovic also went the full 90 in the match.

Philly pulverizes Toronto, Aaronson gets an assist

In what seemed like it would be an even matchup, the Philadelphia Union showed up and kicked Toronto FC right into the Delaware River over the weekend by a count of 5-0. Mark McKenzie scored the second Union goal in the first half and he would earn an assist on Sergio Santos’ second goal later in the game. The goal was McKenzie’s second in the last three games.

If Philly was scoring five goals, you know Brenden Aaronson got somewhere on the scoresheet and the attacker did indeed add an assist to get Santos his hat trick in the 68th minute.

Memo scores for Houston

He doesn’t get a lot of attention, but Memo Rodriguez is a solid player for the Houston Dynamo. The midfielder got the lone goal for the Dynamo in their 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew. It’s his second goal in as many weeks and the attacker now has five scores on the season to go along with his three assists.

Daniel Musovsky nets one in El Traffico

It probably shouldn’t have counted since the ball looked a lot like it went out of bounds and out of bounds is against the rules in soccer, but VAR said it was fine or something so it did, but whatever the case Daniel Musovsky scored his 5th on the year in LAFC’s 2-0 win against 10 man LA Galaxy. The striker has shown that he has a nose for goal and is scoring just about every 100 minutes. It’s not exactly a breakout year and he probably won’t see a lot of starts ahead of Carlos Vela, but it might get him some attention if there’s any kind of USMNT winter camp next year.