ROUND-UP: Africans in the MLS – Week five
Week five of the MLS saw Kekuta Manneh named in the team of the week, while Obafemi Martins’ winner was nominated for goal of the week.
The return of Gambian youngster Kekuta Manneh from suspension boosted the morale of his Vancouver team mates as they climbed to the top of the Western Conference with 12 points. The fleet-footed Gambian winger’s sublime finish saw The Caps score twice passed defending champions LA Galaxy at home in Canada. Another Gambian-Norwegian defender, Pa Modou Kah was at the heart of defence for Caps, as well as Sam Adekugbe who also lasted the full 90 minutes. Ghanaian Gershon Koffie was in the stands with South African colleague Ethen Sampson as they were not part of the 18-man squad for the weekend game.
Obafemi Martins returned with a 39th minute goal, enough to settle the clash on the pitch between Seattle Sounders and Huston Dynamo. On the losing side was Ghana’s Kofi Sarkodie who kept tabs on Seattle’s Pineda for 90 minutes at right-back.
Amobi Okugo had another successful 90 minutes for Orlando City FC but couldn’t prevent Kofi Opare’s DC United from victory against the Lions at home as they were beat 1-0 by DC United to go top of the Eastern Conference table. Ghanaian right-back, Kofi Opare was pushed to central defense for DC United as he managed a 90 minute display against former Ballon d’Or winner, Ricardo Kaka.
San Jose Earthquake’s 26-year old Gambian winger Sanna Nyassi was substituted in the 64th minute, as his team lost 1-0 at the Avaya Stadium to Real Salt Lake. While Gambian, Abdoulie Mansally saw 90 minutes in defence for the visitors on Easter Sunday.
Portland Timbers went undefeated in nine matches played in the MLS as they beat FC Dallas 3-1 at home with two of their African players involved in those three goals. Adam Kwarasey once again put up a five-star performance as his amazing saves saw Timbers beat undefeated FC Dallas. Darlington Nagbe’s 62nd minute assist to Maximiliano Urruti resulted in Timbers second goal against FC Dallas, as Nigerian Fanendo Adi also assisted Diego Chara in the 87th minute to put the icing on the cake as they triumphed over FC Dallas in front of 21,144 spectators.