The story of Americans in MLS this year seems to be young attackers getting not just chances, but making significant contributions to their teams. Not only that but, second highest goal scorer in the league is a Yank too. These contributions were on full display this week.
Busio gets busy
Gianluca Busio is settling into his starting role for Sporting Kansas City. The teenager went 90 minutes midweek for SKC and was second on the team in shots with five in the 3-2 loss to FC Dallas. He also added an assist on a set piece that was finished tidily by Johnny Russell.
Brek Shea has scored in two straight weeks and I assume the end is nigh
It’s extremely nigh. The worst thing that Atlanta United could have done was sign Brek Shea and then have him get injured mid-season. He was back for vengeance against the Five Stripes and scored the game winner over the weekend.
Before all that though, Juan Agudelo scored in the second minute.
In the news of future USMNT left backs, George Bello also managed assist in the game to give ATLUTD a brief moment of hope.
Are you serious Gyasi?
The stars aligned, the horned rabbit raced across the plains, and Gyasi A. Zardes scored a wonderful and fun goal. The Crew are somehow still not allowing any goals and Gyasi can’t stop scoring. He now has nine on the season, second only to Diego Rossi with 10 for most in MLS.
A pair of young subs score in DC
Jozy Altidore had to come off at the half for Toronto FC making way for Ayo Akinola. His goal put Toronto up 2-1. Against the hapless DC United, that should have been enough to get a win.
But it wasn’t because Griffin Yow came on for DCU at the half and scored an equalizer in the 88th minute. The goal was not only a celebration of soccer, but an amazing first goal in the league for the youngster.
Weekly Chris Mueller highlight
It’s becoming a weekly occurrence, Chris Mueller does something good and he shows up here. This week he opened the scoring for Orlando City against the Chicago Fire.
He also created an assist on the team’s second score on the way to a 4-1 victory.
Ebobisse gets one on the Timbers way to getting six
San Jose is going to allow a lot of goals. They let in six against the Portland Timbers and Jeremy Ebobisse chipped one in.
A lot of Americans on the score sheet for the Union
The Union are one of the best teams in MLS and are finding success thanks to a solid core of American players. Alejandro Bedoya scored thanks to an assist from Andrew Wooten.
The one to get excited about though came when Branden Aaronson did something great again and notched an assist to Kacper Przybylko.
Anthony Fontana also scored on an assist from Mark McKenzie.