Week 24 of the 2022 MLS common season was arguably probably the most entertaining in league historical past.
A document was damaged on Saturday as no fewer than 57 (FIFTY-SEVEN) targets had been scored throughout the 13 video games – 11 greater than had ever been scored on a single day in MLS historical past. And that was all after the Vancouver Whitecaps’ last-minute 2-1 turnaround towards the Houston Dynamo on Friday evening.
With all these targets, you possibly can in all probability guess that we’ve got an attack-heavy Gamers of the Week line-up this time round, however that is all a part of the enjoyable, proper?
Lucas Zelarayan is hitting his finest kind simply on the proper time and on Saturday, he as soon as once more orchestrated an important win within the Columbus Crew’s battle to make the Playoffs.
The Armenia worldwide notched a brace at Decrease.com Area, first lobbing the ball into the far nook after a horrible mistake from NYCFC ‘keeper Sean Johnson to place Columbus 2-1 up, earlier than ending low contained in the field within the seventy fifth minute handy the hosts a 3-2 win.
On one other day, Zelarayan may effectively have grabbed a hat-trick, however he nonetheless terrorized the New York protection with eight pictures and as soon as likelihood created.
The jury has positively been out on Kacper Przybylko’s transfer to the Chicago Fireplace, with the Polish striker scoring simply three targets in 19 appearances previous to Saturday’s journey to Charlotte FC.
However Przybylko gave us all a stark reminder of the standard he confirmed throughout his Philadelphia Union days, scoring twice within the Fireplace’s 3-2 win at Financial institution of America Stadium.
Following the shock of Yordy Reyna’s first-minute opener, Przybylko hit again within the twenty first minute, firing dwelling a rebound from shut vary as goalkeeper Kristijan Kahlina spilled Gaston Gimenez’s effort from distance.
And after a forwards and backwards battle between the 2 sides, Przybylko delivered the killing blow, taking down Xherdan Shaqiri’s sweeping go and smashing the ball low into the far nook from simply contained in the field.
Przybylko saved the CLTFC center-backs pinned all night and this was some technique to finish an eight-match drought in entrance of aim.
There’s completely no stopping Sebastian Driussi proper now.
The Argentine sensation cemented his lead on the high of the MLS Golden Boot standings with one other two targets as Austin FC drew 3-3 at dwelling to the San Jose Earthquakes.
Driussi arrived late to fireside Austin degree within the twenty sixth minute after they’d thrown away an early result in go 2-1 behind, whereas he nearly did sufficient so as to add the final touch to a pleasant staff transfer to place the Verde and Black forward simply on half-time – although it did require a goalmouth scramble.
Austin threw away their lead proper on the dying, however via no fault of Driussi, who accomplished seven dribbles and tried 4 pictures on the evening.
Like Przybylko, Gyasi Zardes has additionally come below scrutiny since altering golf equipment, scoring simply three targets in 14 appearances for the Rapids following his transfer from the Columbus Crew.
However the USMNT striker doubled his tally on Saturday, netting a hat-trick as Colorado ran out 4-3 winners at dwelling to Minnesota United.
All three targets had been peak Zardes; nothing flashy or eye-catching, only a striker being in the proper place on the proper time to revenue from a mistake or attain a cross.
For all of the criticism, 5 of Zardes’ six Rapids targets have are available in his final 5 appearances.
Gareth Bale as soon as once more stole the headlines with a wonderful solo aim as LAFC completed off Actual Salt Lake 4-1 on Saturday. However dig slightly deeper and you will find that it was as soon as once more Cristian Arango on the coronary heart of the victory.
The Colombian striker continued his latest tear with targets one and three because the Black and Gold ran riot at Rio Tinto Stadium.
If any younger striker is in search of recommendations on the way to rating extra targets, we might prefer to direct them to Arango’s second, the place he makes a devastating near-post run and finds an instinctive end with one contact of the ball.
Nonetheless, we’re completely all about his first aim, with Arango pulling off a shocking flick and backheel to utterly throw RSL goalkeeper Zac MacMath.
That is 9 targets in his final 10 video games for Arango who, week after week, retains exhibiting precisely why he deserves to play alongside the likes of Bale and Carlos Vela in the perfect staff Main League Soccer has to supply proper now.
Honorable mentions: Hany Mukhtar, Alvaro Barreal, William Agada Daniel Salloi, Cucho Hernandez, Luciano Acosta, Xherdan Shaqiri, Henry Kessler, Jonathan Osorio.
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