Wonderful what a goal can do for you....
There’s no doubt Zach Brault-Guillard looks stronger and more powerful than ever this new season. He’s already doubled his career assist tally with two in the opening game and last Saturday notched his first-ever MLS goal.
His overall play in week 1 certainly merited his Team of the Week inclusion. Not only was he dangerous offensively, he managed to find the right balance between attacking and defensive duties.
I’m far from convinced his contribution this most recent weekend at Nashville merited the same accolade however, despite his goal and the obvious joy and surprise it brought to the whole squad as half-time approached.
Well before he struck, Nashville was already getting in behind his right flank too often for comfort and frequently it was his old team-mate Daniel Lovitz who threatened to do the damage.
So, yes another good, marauding performance from an attacking perspective, but an overall display undoubtedly lacking when it came to keeping pressure off at the back.
The raw talent, commitment and tenacity is undoubtedly there, it simply needs to be harnessed and balanced for greater effect. Over to you Will Nancy and your coaching staff.
It was a second-in-a row too for the man they call Chicharito, who claimed the principal prize of Player of the Week for the second successive week.
It was hardly surprising since the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker, now up top with LA Galaxy, followed his brace last week with the fourth hat-trick of his career against New York Red Bulls yesterday, in a real helter-skelter battle in California.
Hernandez is only the second player in MLS history to score five goals through the season’s first two games, joining Brian Ching, who recorded the feat in the first two games in Houston Dynamo club history in 2006.
The hat trick was the first by a Galaxy player since Zlatan Ibrahimović performed the feat on Sept. 15, 2019 in a 7-2 win vs. Sporting Kansas City.
Hernández is the first player to win Player of the Week honours in back-to-back weeks since Carlos Vela of LAFC did it in each of the final two weeks of the 2019 season.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.
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