ROUND-UP: Africans in MLS week 7
In week seven of the MLS, four Africans namely Lloyd Sam, Darlington Nagbe, Pa Modu-Kah and Kei Kamara made the MLS team of the week as Yartey debuted for Portland Timbers.
Below is Africa Football Shop‘s comprehensive round-up of African players the MLS in week seven by Stak Sottie.
Former Ghana U-20 winger, Ishmael Yartey made his debut Portland Timbers lasting 74 minutes before he was substituted by Gaston Fernandez. Liberian Darlington Nagbe was awesome on the night for Timbers lasting the full duration of the game. Nigerian Fernando Adi also lasted 84 minutes. Ghana’s Adam Kwarasey had a five-star performance in the Yankee Stadium as they beat former Asante Kotoko’s youth player Kwadwo Poku’s New York City FC by a goal to nil. Poku came on for Ballouchy in the 74th minute, but couldn’t prevent the The Sky Blues of New York from losing.
Nigerian goal poacher Obafemi Martins had a great outing in week seven. He scored magnificent goal which claimed the MLS goal of the week award as his exquisite control and goal in the 73rd minute sealed the win for Sounders against Colorado Rapids. Colorado Rapid’s Sanna Nyassi watched his team lose at home from the stands.
Kei Kamara scored and assisted in Columbus Crew’s comfortable win at home in Ohio. Swedish born Eritrean Mohammed Saeid the full duration in midfield for Crew. Nigerian Amobi Okugo tireless effort in midfield was not enough to stop The Crew’s attack, as Orlando City were humbled 3-0 at the Mapfre Stadium.
Again this weekend in Washington, it was the clash of the two Kofi’s in the MLS. Kofi Opare of DC United and Kofi Sarkodie of Huston Dynamo faced-off in a one-all draw. Kofi Opare was maintained again in central defense as he lasted the full duration for DC United. Kofi Sarkodie had a goal ruled out as he also played full throttle.
Lloyd Sam was nominated for the second time in a fortnight into the MLS team of the week for assisting Grella to score the second goal against QUAKES and also contributing largely in attack as Red Bulls beat QUAKES by two nil on Saturday. San Jose Earth Quakes’s Sanna Nyassi the twin brother of Colorado Rapids midfielder Nyassi lasted 67 minutes before being replaced, as the Gambian was cautioned by the referee on the 60th minute at the RED BULL Arena in New York on Saturday night.
Ghana’s Gershon Koffie made the starting eleven for Whitecaps after being laid-off for two weeks without MLS action. Compatriot Kekuta Manneh was an unsed substitute for the Canadian based club who beat nine men Real Salt Lake side by a goal to nil as they became the first Canadian team to win at the Rio Tinto Stadium after 16 attempts. Pa-Modou Kah also lasted the full duration for Vancouver Whitecaps as he was selected for this week’s MLS team of the week in defense. Gambian wing-back Abdoulie Mansally was an unused substitute for Real Salt Lake as his side lost by a goal to nil in-front of 20,414 fans at home.
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