One other week is within the books and the MLS Cup playoffs are racing into view.
It is at the moment of the season the place groups want their perfect gamers to step up. Whether or not they’re battling for Supporters’ Defend or simply scrapping over the playoff line, difference-makers, nicely, they make all of the distinction.
So, wanting again at Week 26, who’re the perfect particular person performers in MLS? Let’s rank the highest 5.
Omar Gonzalez was left excessive and dry by defensive associate Eriq Zavaleta for Nashville’s equalising objective on the weekend. Maybe he may have coated a bit faster? However he hit again instantly with a fantastic end on the far publish to revive Toronto’s lead, so no hurt no foul both method.
Apart from, Gonzalez was in any other case a defensive colossus, successful three aerial duels and making eight clearances as TFC pushed again wave after wave of Nashville strain.
All too usually, defenders get neglected on lists like these, so we’re right here to salute some centre-back greatness off the bat.
Recent from scoring a shocking hat-trick towards Actual Salt Lake in Week 25, Chofis was again at it once more netting a brace on the weekend. However whereas the Quakes misplaced 4-3 to RSL, they had been capable of beat Austin FC by the identical scoreline.
His first strike was a scientific penalty to degree the scores at 3-3 after the Quakes had fallen 3-1 down in Texas. And the second was a scientific reverse hit after Brad Stuver had initially saved a strong long-range effort from Chofis himself.
San Jose are nonetheless alive within the Western Convention playoff chase and if Chofis can preserve his latest type, they could simply sneak into the postseason.
Following Minnesota United‘s thumping 3-0 win over the LA Galaxy, Adrian Heath revealed he is been encouraging Emanuel Reynoso to shoot extra. Given the 2 targets he scored in that recreation, is it any marvel?
The Argentine put the sport to mattress inside 20 minutes, netting twice from lengthy vary with equal precision. On one other day, Reynoso may have notched a few assists with the probabilities he created, too, however a brace will do for now.
WIth Bebelo again match, count on the Loons to stand up the standings and consolidate their place within the playoffs, particularly with performances like this.
With a objective and an help, Ezequiel Barco’s post-Olympics tear continues. The Argentine starlet has now notched six targets and 5 assists in 9 MLS appearances since getting back from Tokyo and has been a key determine in Atlanta United’s surge up the Jap Convention.
On Saturday, Barco set the tone towards DC United with an excellent free-kick inside 18 minutes, whereas he adopted up with an help for Josef Martinez’s 99th objective for the 5 Stripes after the break.
Simply a few months in the past, Atlanta United followers had been worrying whether or not or not the membership would even break even on Barco. Now, they’re pleading for him to stay round one other yr.
Even essentially the most optimistic New York Pink Bulls fan would’ve admitted their season was hanging by a thread. Fail to beat Inter Miami on Friday and it was over.
However 22-year-old Omir Fernandez put in a shocking efficiency in Florida to encourage his aspect to a much-needed and shock 4-0 win.
Fernandez doubled the Pink Bulls’ lead simply after the half-hour mark, steaming into the field and heading dwelling after some static Miami defending. However he did not cease there, creating no fewer than seven probabilities on the evening and finishing three of his 5 tried dribbles. Fernandez even did his bit defensively with two tackles and 4 recoveries.
This could possibly be a season-defining efficiency for a teenager who has needed to be actually affected person for his minutes in 2021.
Honourable mentions: Kacper Przybylko, Djordje Mihailovic, Romell Quioto, Griffin Dorsey, Romain Metanire, Auro, Eloy Room, Marcelino Moreno, Josef Martinez, Fabio, Patryk Klimala, Damir Kreilach, Aaron Herrera