ROUND-UP: Africans in the MLS – Week 6
In week six of the MLS, Lloyd Sam and Dominique Badji made the team of the week, while Sanna Nyassi scored for San Jose Earthquakes.
Adam Kwarasey disappointed in front of his Timbers fans, while Kekuta Manneh, Obafemi Martins and Kei Kamara failed to find the back of the net.
On Friday night, it was Colorado Rapids, who were without a win since last October, who pulled out a magical display in a 4-0 win over FC Dallas. Senegalese forward Badji’s hounding of the opposition defence and tremendous hard work upfront all game saw him score one of the four goals in the second minute in Dallas.
Ghanaian Lloyd Sam was in action for New York Red Bulls and also nominated for the team of the week for scoring a late leveller against their Atlantic Cup rivals DC United, ending 2-2. Ghanaian born Kofi Opare started at the heart of the DC United defence for the duration of the game against New York Red Bulls.
Adam Kwarasey featured in goal for Portland Timbers for the sixth time but couldn’t prevent Orlando City SC from scoring, as Timbers were beaten 2-0 at home. Darlington Nagbe and Fanendo Adi also lasted the full duration as Ghana’s Ishmael Yartey was an unused substitute in that game. On the opposite side was Amobi Okugo, who was instrumental in central midfield for Orlando City’s victory.
Kamara was in action for Columbus Crew in Ohio, lasting 84 minutes as the game end in a stalemate with New England Revolution.
At the Avaya Stadium, Gambian Nyassi featured for San Jose Earth Quakes as they beat Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 in front of their home fans. Nyassi lasted for 92 minutes, being replaced by Mike Fucito, having driven an amazing volley to give Quakes the lead goal in the game on 75 minutes. Gambian-Norwegian defender, Pa-Modou Kah was booked with colleague striker, Manneh in 32nd and 25th minutes respectively. Ghana’s Gershon Koffie and South African, Ethen Sampson for the second time this season, were not part of the squad that made the journey to San Jose.
Black Stars attacker, Dominic Oduro came on in the 68th minute as Montreal Impact were beaten 3-0 by Kofi Sarkodie’s Huston Dynamo. Sarkodie was again phenomenal for Dynamo at right-back, lasting for the full duration of the game.