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The previous River Plate star ‘conquering’ Main League Soccer

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For a staff to rise from close to the underside of the desk to contenders on the prime in only a 12 months, it wants a particular performer to step up. For Austin FC this season, that has been Sebastian Driussi.

The Argentine midfielder has, at instances, carried his staff on his again, proving a goalscoring machine and a inventive linchpin with 22 objectives and 5 major assists in 34 regular-season appearances.

That is even a marked enchancment from the 5 objectives and eight assists in 17 video games final 12 months, when Driussi solely joined midway via the season. However then, given his pedigree, we should not have anticipated any much less.

In spite of everything, Driussi is a participant who hails from the identical River Plate youth system that has produced legends of the sport similar to Pablo Aimar, Javier Mascherano, Gonzalo Higuain, and Hernan Crespo.

Driussi flourished in his homeland and within the 2016/17 season, netted 20 objectives in 36 appearances throughout all competitions – sufficient to earn him a long-awaited transfer to Europea with Russian giants Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Although he scored 19 objectives throughout his first two seasons, Driussi’s time in Russia was considerably much less profitable and slowly however absolutely, he fell down the pecking order. The trail to Main League Soccer was opening up earlier than him and when he did arrive Stateside, Driussi was stronger for his European experiences.

“That’s a part of the explanation why he’s within the second that he’s sporting-wise,” fellow Argentine and Portland Timbers icon Diego Valeri mentioned of Driussi earlier this 12 months. “He’s mature, he has plenty of experiences, he’s very aggressive – all of that collaborates into his efficiency, however definitely there may be plenty of worth in what he has already conquered.”

In his first full season with the membership, Driussi’s 22 objectives have guided Austin FC all the way in which as much as second within the Western Convention. Solely the Philadelphia Union (72) and LAFC (66) have scored greater than the Verde and Black (65) and though he could not win the award, Driussi is rightly on the entrance of the MVP dialog.

“He’s a really tactical participant, with plenty of energy,” mentioned veteran NYCFC playmaker and compatriot Maxi Moralez. “He’s not a giant No. 9 however quite is aware of easy methods to handle his velocity in very small areas, however you possibly can clearly see the standard that he has in entrance of purpose. Is he the MVP? For me, sure. There are nonetheless a couple of video games to go, however what he’s doing is great.”

Driussi himself will probably be paying little or no consideration to particular person awards, although shedding the Golden Boot race to Hany Mukhtar to only a single purpose could harm.

As an alternative, the main target shall be on Austin FC’s MLS Cup Playoffs debut.

No matter occurs from right here, this season has been successful. Nonetheless, a victory over Actual Salt Lake within the first spherical will make a surprising 2022 season that a lot sweeter for Texas’ up-and-comers.

And may that occur, you possibly can wager Sebastian Driussi shall be on the coronary heart of it.

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