A memorable performance for Daniel Rios, a historic day for LAFC, and a stellar strike from Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez headlined the Best of Week 32 in MLS.
Rios scored four goals in Charlotte FC’s 4-0 romp over Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Union, keeping the expansion side alive in the MLS Cup Playoff Race. Rios came into Saturday’s showdown with two league goals to his name in MLS, but boosted that number up to six following a Man of the Match performance at Bank of America Stadium.
LAFC clinched a second Supporters’ Shield trophy in club history after downing the Portland Timbers 2-1 at Providence Park. Denis Bouanga’s go-ahead goal in the 95th minute sealed the deal for Steve Cherundolo’s squad, propelling LAFC past the Timbers and also edging the Union to the trophy.
Atlanta United’s playoff chase came to an end on Saturday, but Josef Martinez did everything he could to keep the Five Stripes fighting until the final whistle. Martinez’s sensational goal at Gillette Stadium was a bright spot in a disappointing day for the club, giving the Venezuelan forward something positive to cheer about.
Here are the top moments in Week 33:
Player of the Week
Charlotte FC has relied on Karol Swiderski and Andre Shinyashiki for most of their goals in 2022, but Daniel Rios rose to the occasion in a must-win match on Saturday vs. the Philadelphia Union.
Rios scored four goals in a 4-0 victory, keeping Christian Lattanzio’s squad in the mix for a playoff berth. The Mexican forward opened the scoring for Charlotte FC in the 24th minute before adding three additional tallies in the second half.
Kamil Jozwiak set up Rios for his second goal of the night in the 54th minute before the 27-year-old capped off his stellar performance by scoring from the penalty spot in the 72nd. Rios added a fourth for good measure in the 91st minute, beating Andre Blake to the bottom-left corner.
Honorable mention for Player of…
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Author : Larry Henry Jr
Publish date : 2022-10-03 22:14:42
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