ROUND-UP: Africans in MLS – Weeks 16 & 17
Kei Kamara, C.J Sapong and Darlington Nagbe appear in MLS week 17 team of the week. Here’s AFS MLS correspondent’s round-up of Africans in the MLS week 16 & 17.
US-born Ghanaian C.J Sapong was on target in week 16 for Philadelphia Union as his team were massacred away at defending champions LA Galaxy at the StabHub Center in Carson. Portland Timber’s win over Houston Dynamo was their fourth straight MLS victory and fifth overall pushing them into third place in the Western Conference with 25 points from 16 games. Kofi Sarkodie was in action for Dynamo as he saw 90 minutes. Adam Kwarasey, Darlington Nagbe and Fanendo Adi were all in action for the host at the Providence Park in Oregon.
Kofi Opare was on the bench for the second consecutive week. DR Congo’s 22-year-old defender Phanuel Kavita was a bench warmer for the entire game in week 16 for Real Salt Lake against Kansas City.
Malian’s Bakary Soumare was full-timer for Impact Montreal as Ghanaian Dominic Oduro came on with 68 minutes gone to replace Romero in Montreal’s 3-1 loss to Toronto FC in week 16 at the BMO Field in Canada. MLS leading scorer Kei Kamara was on the score-sheet for Crew as they beat New England Revolution by 2-1 at home. Eritrean Mohammed Saeid also featured 90 minutes for Columbus Crew.
In week 17, it was goals galore for most of the Africans in MLS as Kei Kamara looks ahead for selection into the MLS ALL STAR team.
Adam Kwarasey and his Timbers African colleagues came back after their 5-0 hammering to beat Seattle Sounders in Rivalry Week at the Province Park in Oregon. Kwarasey was a full-timer alongside Fanendo Adi who was on-target in the 74th and 76th minutes respectively. Liberian midfielder Darlington Nagbe scored with 12th minutes gone and assisted Adi as they trashed Sounders 4-1. Meanwhile former Super Eagles’ striker Obafemi Martins wasn’t part of the Sounders team.
In the New York City derby, Ghana’s Kwadwo Poku came on the 56th minute as NY City FC was beaten by 3-1 at the Yankee Stadium. His team-mate Kwame Watson-Sireboe was an unused substitute in the clash.
Kei Kamara‘s assist helped Crews to a point away from home in Salt-Lake as his Eritrean colleague Mohammed Saeid lasted for the entire game.
DR. Congo’s Phanuel Kavita was not part of the squad for Colorado Rapids as they lost 2-0 to hosts Sporting Kansas City. C.J Sapong assisted his fellow African Erick Ayuk Mbu in the eighth minute as both players featured for 90 minutes and 77 minutes respectively in a 2-2 draw with Montreal Impact. Ghanaian Dominic Oduro started upfront for Montreal but lasted 60 minutes as Cameroon’s Ambroise Oyongo saw 90 minutes at right-back for Montreal Impact in Philadelphia.
Canadian-born Nigerian, Tesho Akindele featured for FC Dallas as they beat Houston Dynamo 2-0 at home. Meanwhile, Kofi Sarkodie again this weekend was an unused substitute for Dynamo as he watched the entire game from the substitution bench.
Elsewhere in Foxborough, the ‘scutta’ Kekuta Manneh came alive with his magical foot works as he helped Whitecaps to all three points against New England Revolution. Pa Moudo Kah was influential for Vancouver Whitecaps as he managed 90 minutes in defense. Ghanaian midfielder Gershon Koffie failed to make the 18-man squad.