Alphonso Davies - Bayern Munich - 2019

Another eventful month has passed, so it's time once again to update you on all the latest exploits of Major League Soccer products playing around the globe.


The last month featured some key injury returns and goals, goals and more goals. In addition to club account openers from Taylor Booth, Alphonso Davies, Dilly Duka, Ben McKendry and Erik Palmer-Brown, we had a championship-clinching strike from Aaron Schoenfeld.


England

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Tim Ream is hoping to end the season strong after Fulham was relegated. | Reuters

<strong>DeAndre Yedlin</strong><br> SEA: 2013-14
After sitting a couple of games as February turned to March,&nbsp;Yedlin&nbsp;temporarily regained his Newcastle United starting place. He notched a last-minute, game-tying assist in a 2-2 draw while working up the wing&nbsp;at Bournemouth on March 16, but reverted to right back for a loss against Arsenal. However, the US international was guilty of the rash challenge that earned Crystal Palace's late winning penalty two rounds back and that cost him the start in Friday's 1-0 win at Leicester City. With four games left, the Magpies have nearly secured their&nbsp;EPL&nbsp;place for next season.
<strong>Tim Ream</strong><br> RBNY: 2010-11
The inevitable from Ream's first full&nbsp;EPL&nbsp;season came to pass when&nbsp;Fulham&nbsp;were officially relegated by a 4-1 loss at&nbsp;Watford&nbsp;on April 2. That result stretched their losing streak to nine games, but the Cottagers busted the slump with a 2-0 home win over&nbsp;Everton&nbsp;on Saturday. Ream, who won eight aerial duels and contributed six total&nbsp;defensive&nbsp;stops as&nbsp;Fulham&nbsp;posted their first clean sheet of 2019, has vowed to help close out the season on a high note. "The team and the players owe it to the football club and fans to go out in the last five games and give something back," he recently <a href="https://sports.yahoo.com/usmnt-ream-speaks-fulham-side-212119167.html">told Yahoo Sports</a>.
<strong>Emerson Hyndman</strong><br> FC Dallas Academy
Although he was recalled from a Hibernian loan by Bournemouth over the winter,&nbsp;Hyndman&nbsp;has yet to dress for a Premier League contest since returning. Last week,&nbsp;Hammarby&nbsp;sporting director&nbsp;Jesper&nbsp;Jansson&nbsp;knocked back recent rumors of interest in the US midfielder.
<strong>Geoff Cameron</strong><br> HOU: 2008-12
The&nbsp;QPR&nbsp;loan handyman returned from an ankle injury that had kept him out since December by working 56 minutes in&nbsp;defensive&nbsp;midfield in their 2-2 draw at Hull City on March 16. Cameron watched the next game from the dugout, but was back on the field for a loss at Norwich City and a draw at&nbsp;Millwall&nbsp;to start April. However, he was again left out of their weekend win over Swansea City. The&nbsp;Loftus&nbsp;Road side have all but clinched their Championship place with four games left.
<strong>Matt Miazga</strong><br> RBNY: 2013-15
The loan defender put in his 14th straight full shift for Reading in Saturday's important 2-1 victory over&nbsp;Brentford. A 2-1-2 run since our last check has pushed the Royals clear of the drop zone with four rounds to play.&nbsp;Miazga&nbsp;was among the standouts in most of those games, but did endure a mighty struggle in a 3-1 loss at Hull City on April 6.
<strong>Matthew Olosunde</strong><br> New York Red Bulls Academy
<p>The Manchester United Under-19 defender took another big step on his road back from a long injury layoff on Monday.&nbsp;Olosunde&nbsp;made his first start in 14 months, going the distance at right back in a 5-0 victory at Newcastle.</p>

Germany

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Tyler Adams is enjoying a meteoric rise in the Bundesliga | Reuters

<strong>Weston McKennie</strong><br> FC Dallas Academy
We have great news for all those who worried the&nbsp;Schalke&nbsp;midfielder would miss the rest of the season, if not also the <a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/meta/competition/gold-cup" target="_blank">Concacaf Gold Cup</a>, after suffering a nasty ankle injury during the USMNT’s win over Ecuador last month.&nbsp;McKennie&nbsp;resumed individual training late over the weekend and could be back with the full group on short order. That would also be welcome news for the Miners, who stand six points over the trap door with five games on the schedule.
<strong>Tyler Adams</strong><br> RBNY: 2016-18
That train whistle you've been hearing is Adams’ hype rolling across Germany on a weekly basis. Wrapped around his most recent&nbsp;USMNT&nbsp;cap were shutout wins over&nbsp;Schalke&nbsp;and Hertha Berlin, with the latter success including his second assist from nine&nbsp;Bundesliga&nbsp;outings. The only thing that has slowed him down is the abductor ailment that has seen him miss their last two league wins and the&nbsp;DfB-Pokal&nbsp;quarterfinal victory from two weeks ago. With a Champions League invite to nail down and next Tuesday's cup semifinal at Hamburg, the club are hoping Adams will be back with the group in the coming days.
<strong>Alphonso Davies</strong><br> VAN: 2016-18
The Canada flank phenom received his longest&nbsp;Bayern&nbsp;Munich assignment with a 31-minute sub shift against&nbsp;Mainz&nbsp;on March 17, and marked the occasion by scoring his first goal for the&nbsp;Bundesliga&nbsp;giants. Davies pounced on a Robert&nbsp;Lewandowski&nbsp;rebound to apply the&nbsp;capper&nbsp;to a 6-0 triumph. Unfortunately, a knee ligament strain kept him out of the draw at&nbsp;Freiburg&nbsp;and home rout of title rivals&nbsp;Borussia&nbsp;Dortmund that followed, but he was back on the Bavaraians' bench for Sunday's away defeat of&nbsp;Fortuna&nbsp;Dusseldorf.&nbsp;Bayern&nbsp;have both a one-point league lead with five games remaining and a&nbsp;DfB-Pokal&nbsp;semifinal date against&nbsp;Werder&nbsp;Bremen set for next Wednesday, so there could be more first-time celebrations to come for Davies.
<strong>Khiry Shelton</strong><br> NYC: 2015-17<br> SKC: 2018
The striker continued his recovery road back from a knee injury by putting in a full shift for&nbsp;Paderborn&nbsp;II shortly after the last update. Shelton then made his second appearance for the second flight outfit by coming on for the final 16 minutes of a 3-1 win at Union Berlin on March 30. A few days later, he was on the bench as the hosts bowed out of the&nbsp;DfB-Pokal&nbsp;after a 2-0 loss to Hamburg. The North Rhine boys can now concentrate on league matters; with five games to play, they stand just one point shy of the promotion playoff slot and four back of the league's second automatic elevator to the&nbsp;Bundesliga.
<strong>Sebastian Soto</strong><br> Real Salt Lake Academy
On the strength of a season that has seen him log 14 goals and six helpers for the&nbsp;Hannover&nbsp;96 Under-19's, Soto has now enjoyed his Bundesliga&nbsp;debut. The 18-year-old striker came on for the final 10 minutes of a 3-1 loss at&nbsp;Wolfsburg&nbsp;two weeks ago and did likewise in Saturday's 1-0 home defeat against&nbsp;Borussia&nbsp;Moenchengladbach.
<strong>Kianz Froese</strong><br> VAN: 2014-17
Both the Canadian winger and&nbsp;Fortuna&nbsp;Duesseldorf&nbsp;II came out of the&nbsp;Regionalliga&nbsp;West winter slumber rather slowly, but they've heated properly in recent weeks.&nbsp;Froese&nbsp;notched a goal and an assist in a 3-3 late collapse draw away to title contenders Rot-Weiss&nbsp;Oberhausen&nbsp;on March 22. He helped the club snap a seven-game win drought the following week against&nbsp;Wiedenbrueck, and then put up another goal and helper in a home win over Bonner SC on April 6.
<strong>Chris Richards</strong><br> FC Dallas Academy
The Alabama native has been a near constant in the&nbsp;Bayern&nbsp;Munich Under-19 lineup all season, but is now battling a minor knock. Richards went the full route in their 1-0 loss at&nbsp;Stutggart&nbsp;Kickers that capped March and was all set to do the same in the following week's tilt with Augsburg, only to be scratched due to a warm-up injury. He was on the bench for this weekend's win over&nbsp;Heidenheim, but did not see action.
<strong>Alex Mendez</strong><br> Chivas USA Academy<br> LA Galaxy Academy
It seems the US Under-20 midfielder needed less than two months to claim a starting place for&nbsp;Freiburg's&nbsp;U-19 side. Mendez went from whistle to whistle to help them end a four-game losing streak with a 4-0 rout of&nbsp;Kaiserslautern&nbsp;on March 30. The following weekend, he scored his first two goals in Germany before departing late in a 3-3 draw with&nbsp;Heidenheim. On Saturday, he went the distance again as the sixth place visitors battled FC&nbsp;Nuremberg to a 2-2 draw.
<strong>Taylor Booth</strong><br> Real Salt Lake Academy
The 17-year-old midfielder made his second appearance for the&nbsp;Bayern&nbsp;Munich U-19 side by working the final 20 minutes of a wild 3-3 draw against Augsburg two weekends back. This past Saturday, Booth got the start and used the occasion to open his club account. The youngster ran onto a cutback at the top of the area and lashed home a one-timer with his&nbsp;unpreferred&nbsp;left peg to chalk up the home side's second in a 5-1 humbling of&nbsp;Heidenheim&nbsp;that kept them solidly in third place.
<strong>Ulysses&nbsp;Llanez</strong><br> LA Galaxy Academy
Though the club has yet to make an official announcement, the US Under-20 ace revealed on Twitter that he had signed a deal to join&nbsp;Wolfsburg on his 18th birthday. The wing talent has already played several friendlies for their U-19 team.

Mexico

<strong>Omar Gonzalez</strong><br> LAG: 2009-15
After starting 24 straight league matches for Atlas (dating back to the&nbsp;Apertura&nbsp;season), Gonzalez was relegated to the subs bench for their 2-0 loss at&nbsp;Toluca&nbsp;on March 17. He has remained there for the club's ensuing three matches, which included matching 1-0 victories over fellow table stragglers Santos&nbsp;Laguna&nbsp;and Veracruz that temporarily revived hopes of reaching the&nbsp;Liguilla. However, Saturday's home loss to&nbsp;Necaxa brought those aspirations back down to Earth and they would now need a near-miracle to qualify.
<strong>Rogelio Funes Mori</strong><br> FC Dallas Academy
It was an eventful month for the striker and his Monterrey teammates since our last check. For starters,&nbsp;Funes&nbsp;Mori&nbsp;notched a double in the clinching road return win as <em>Los&nbsp;Rayados</em> brushed Sporting KC aside to reach their first&nbsp;Concacaf&nbsp;Champions League final since they completed a rare three-peat back in 2013. On the other hand, he also went scoreless in three straight as Monterrey's league win drought reached four games. That is until Monday, when&nbsp;Funes&nbsp;Mori&nbsp;busted out with a second-half hat trick to steer a 4-0 cruise past Santos&nbsp;Laguna. The team has all but clinched a&nbsp;Liguilla&nbsp;berth, while their No. 7 shirt is now just one strike away from the top of the&nbsp;Clausura&nbsp;scoring chart.
<strong>Rafael Baca</strong><br> SJ: 2011-14
The veteran Cruz&nbsp;Azul&nbsp;defensive&nbsp;midfielder has withstood some challenges to his starting spot this season, but keeps winning out in the end. A few days after our last update,&nbsp;Baca&nbsp;raced into the box late to supply a terrific finish for his first goal of the&nbsp;Clausura. It sent <em>La&nbsp;Maquina</em> on their way to a 4-1 rout of&nbsp;Pachuca, which counted at the time as their third straight win. The former Earthquakes regular then started a draw at Monterrey and a win over&nbsp;Queretaro, which saw him pick up a red card and the one-game ban that comes with it. The team&nbsp;extended&nbsp;their unbeaten run without him this past weekend, posting a scoreless draw at Club America to stay within reach of a&nbsp;Liguilla&nbsp;seed.
<strong>Tony Alfaro</strong><br> SEA: 2016-18
After being limited to two Cup appearances for nearly three months,&nbsp;Alfaro&nbsp;finally made his&nbsp;Liga&nbsp;MX&nbsp;debut for Chivas at left back in their 2-1 loss at&nbsp;UNAM&nbsp;Pumas on the last day of March. It has been a forgettable&nbsp;Clausura&nbsp;campaign for the Goats, who have now dropped four in a row to fall out of&nbsp;Liguilla&nbsp;contention.
<strong>Lalo Fernandez</strong><br> RSL: 2012-17
The&nbsp;netminder&nbsp;has continued sharing the back-up role as second-place&nbsp;Tigres&nbsp;makes a beeline for the&nbsp;Clausura&nbsp;Liguilla.

Spain

<strong>Ballou Tabla</strong><br> Montreal Impact Academy
Since making his debut for loan side&nbsp;Albacete&nbsp;in early March, the young Canadian winger has been on the outside looking in for a club chasing promotion to La&nbsp;Liga.

Netherlands

<strong>Erik Palmer-Brown</strong><br> SKC 2009-17
The US defender has rounded into form over the last month, culminating in his best outing of the season for loan employers&nbsp;NAC&nbsp;Breda&nbsp;on Saturday. Palmer-Brown (who has now started nine straight games) punctuated a strong all-around showing against&nbsp;FC&nbsp;Emmen&nbsp;by scoring the 1-1 equalizer two minutes from time and walked away with Man of the Match honors for his efforts. Though the Yellow Army are still eight points shy of safety and four from reaching the survival playoffs, their 1-1-2 run in recent weeks has gently lifted hopes of staying up in&nbsp;Breda.

Belgium

<strong>Andy Najar</strong><br> DC: 2010-12
The&nbsp;Anderlecht&nbsp;handyman made his return from injury in their 3-2&nbsp;Jupiler&nbsp;League championship playoff loss to Club&nbsp;Brugge&nbsp;on April 4.&nbsp;Najar&nbsp;then took up the right back spot from the start in their next game, setting up the opener in what would eventually be a tough 2-1 home loss to Royal Antwerp. Last Friday, he was on the bench as their derby clash at Standard Liege was abandoned after 30 minutes (with the hosts up two goals and a man, mind you) due to away supporters raining flares down on the field. The suddenly-slumping&nbsp;Mauves&nbsp;will try to hang on to the last Europa League spot when fellow&nbsp;strugglers&nbsp;Gent visit on Sunday.

Turkey

<strong>Cyle Larin</strong><br> ORL: 2015-17
Playing time at&nbsp;Besiktas&nbsp;remains elusive for the Canada striker, who made his first Super&nbsp;Lig&nbsp;appearance in over two months with a late cameo in Saturday's 2-1 win over local rivals/league leaders Istanbul&nbsp;Basaksehir.&nbsp;Larin&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/03/21/cyle-larin-canadian-players-want-go-gold-cup-and-win-it">recently told&nbsp;MLSsoccer.com</a> that he's relishing the uphill challenge of fighting for his spot at a big club, but that hasn't slowed reports that he could make an&nbsp;MLS&nbsp;return. Turkish outlet&nbsp;Fotomac&nbsp;recently claimed that Vancouver were ready to move for the target forward.
<strong>Eric Ayuk</strong><br> PHI: 2015-16
Though the weather is warming, things have gone ice cold for&nbsp;Ayuk&nbsp;and&nbsp;Osmanlispor&nbsp;since our last check-in. After hitting four times in a seven-game span, the winger is now goalless in six. His club also dropped three of four over the last month to fall 10 points off the second flight title pace and eight points out of the second elevator seat to the Super&nbsp;Lig. The good news is they still have an inside track on a promotion playoff berth with five games left in the regular season.

South Korea

<strong>Sebastian Velasquez</strong><br> RSL: 2012-14<br> NYC: 2015
It's a special thing to score on your debut for a new club, something Velasquez can tell you all about. The attacking midfielder deposited&nbsp;Suwon’s first in a 6-0 Korean FA Cup rout of&nbsp;Chungju&nbsp;Citizen on March 27. He made his first league start in a 1-1 share at Seoul E-Land two rounds back and came on at halftime as they posted an identical result against&nbsp;Jeonjam&nbsp;Dragons on Saturday. Through six games, the club stand four points off the top of the second flight standings in fourth place.

China

<strong>Anatole Abang</strong><br> RBNY: 2015-16
The Chinese second flight season has not begun so well for&nbsp;Nantong&nbsp;Zhiyun, despite a solid start from their new striker.&nbsp;Abang&nbsp;bagged his second and third goals in four games with his new employers to key their first win of the campaign, a 4-2 defeat of guests&nbsp;Xinjiang&nbsp;Tianshan Leopard on April 6. Unfortunately, he also drew a red card late in the contest that saw him suspended for this past weekend's scoreless draw at Heilongjiang&nbsp;Lava Spring.

Costa Rica

<strong>Denis Castillo</strong><br> COL: 2016
The Perez&nbsp;Zeledon&nbsp;right back has continued his solid play for the&nbsp;Clausura&nbsp;title chasers, even if their 12-game unbeaten run ended with a 4-2 home defeat against&nbsp;Alajuelense&nbsp;on March 29. Castillo wore the captain's armband the next time out, leading the club to a 1-0 win at&nbsp;Guadelupe that put them in first place. Since then, a draw and a loss have seen them drop to second on goal differential behind San Carlos heading into the April 29 season&nbsp;capper&nbsp;at&nbsp;Apertura&nbsp;champs&nbsp;Herediano. Regardless of what happens in that game, Castillo and friends have already clinched a place in the playoffs.

Israel

<strong>Aaron Schoenfeld</strong><br> CLB: 2012-15
There's no denying that it has been a trying season for the&nbsp;Maccabi&nbsp;Tel&nbsp;Aviv&nbsp;striker when it comes to playing time. However,&nbsp;things&nbsp;have been looking up over the last month. After coming off the bench to bag the late insurance tally in a 2-0 win over&nbsp;Hapoel&nbsp;Hadera&nbsp;in their in their&nbsp;Ligat Ha'al&nbsp;championship round opener, he was offered the rare chance to play hero with a start against&nbsp;Maccabi&nbsp;Haifa on March 30.&nbsp;Schoenfeld responded by nodding home the lone goal that clinched the club's 22nd Israeli title.
<strong>Jonathan Bornstein</strong><br> CHV: 2006-11
Though&nbsp;Maccabi&nbsp;Netanya&nbsp;has endured a difficult start to the&nbsp;Ligat&nbsp;Ha'al&nbsp;championship playoff by going 0-3-1 in the first four rounds,&nbsp;Bornstein celebrated a milestone in their 1-1 draw at&nbsp;Bnei&nbsp;Yehuda&nbsp;on March 30. The veteran left back fired home a long distance drive for his first goal in Israel. While the Diamonds remain three points shy of the last Europa League slot in league play, they will have the chance to earn an invite via the State Cup.&nbsp;Bornstein&nbsp;went all 90 as they edged&nbsp;Hapoel&nbsp;Hadera&nbsp;1-0 in the semifinal two weeks ago, setting up a May 15 final date with that same&nbsp;Bnei&nbsp;Yehuda&nbsp;side.
<strong>George Fochive</strong><br> POR: 2014-15
A few days after our last update, the&nbsp;Hapoel&nbsp;Hadera&nbsp;midfielder saw red near halftime of their 2-0 championship round opening loss at&nbsp;Maccabi&nbsp;Tel&nbsp;Aviv. After serving his suspension the following game (a harsh 4-1 home loss to&nbsp;Hapoel&nbsp;Be'er&nbsp;Sheva),&nbsp;Fochive&nbsp;returned to shine in a 3-1 victory at Hapoel&nbsp;Haifa on April 6. He was out of the lineup again this weekend as the upstarts fell 3-2 at home to&nbsp;Bnei&nbsp;Yehuda. With six matches left, the sixth-place side hold only a slim chance at rallying to earn a Europa League place.

Norway

<strong>Sam Adekugbe</strong><br> VAN: 2013-17
The Canada left back started the new season right, setting up&nbsp;Valerenga's&nbsp;first goal of 2019 to put them on their way to a 2-0 opening day win over&nbsp;Mjondalen&nbsp;on March 30.&nbsp;Adekugbe&nbsp;has worked every minute of a 2-2 Bohemians start that has them in fifth place early on.
<strong>Oyvind Alseth</strong><br> TOR: 2017
The&nbsp;Ranheim&nbsp;right back has worked every minute of their first three league contests of the season, but it's been a rough start for last year's surprise package. They blew a late lead before conceding a last minute decider in their 2-1 opening day defeat against&nbsp;Tromso, dropped another tight affair at&nbsp;Lillestrom&nbsp;the following week and then leaked twice in the waning moments to suffer a 2-0 home loss to&nbsp;FK&nbsp;Haugesund&nbsp;on Sunday.

Scotland

<strong>Timothy Weah</strong><br> New York Red Bulls Academy
While the Celtic loan forward has mostly been used off the bench, he got the starting nod at St.&nbsp;Mirren&nbsp;on April 3 and responded with his first goal in two months to open a 2-0 win. The Hoops are up 11 points as the top six enter the final championship round, putting&nbsp;Weah&nbsp;on course to become the fourth American to celebrate an&nbsp;SPL&nbsp;crown. He could also match&nbsp;DaMarcus&nbsp;Beasley, Maurice&nbsp;Edu&nbsp;and Claudio Reyna as Scottish double winners after working the final quarter hour of their Cup semifinal win against Aberdeen over the weekend. The Hoops will face Hearts for the crown at&nbsp;Hampden&nbsp;Park on May 24.
<strong>Matt Polster</strong><br> CHI: 2015-18
Although he's still waiting on his first Rangers outing,&nbsp;Polster&nbsp;has returned from the thigh ailment that scuppered a planned debut in late February. The right back did draw special praise from Light Blues boss Steven Gerrard on Monday after helping the reserve team take the top spot in their league with a weekend win.
<strong>Ian Harkes</strong><br> DC: 2017-18
After sitting out a March 19 win over table-toppers Ross County,&nbsp;Harkes&nbsp;has appeared in five straight and started three of them as Dundee United tries to chase down the Championship title. The midfielder helped set up the Tangerines' rally starter in a big 2-1 win over&nbsp;Ayr&nbsp;United this past weekend that clinched their place in the promotion playoff semifinal.
<strong>Ian McGrath</strong><br> Chicago Fire Academy
The attacking midfielder got his first Queen of the South start on March 23, and helped the club snap a six-game losing slide with a 1-1 share against&nbsp;Falkirk.&nbsp;McGrath&nbsp;kept his spot the following week as the relegation fighters scored a 2-1 win at Dundee United. The&nbsp;Doonhammers&nbsp;are precariously dangling over the trap door with three games left on the season, so survival could well come down to their closing day visit from last place&nbsp;Partick&nbsp;Thistle on May 4.

Sweden

<strong>Romain Gall</strong><br> CLB: 2014-15
The&nbsp;Malmo&nbsp;winger made his first (and, to date, only) start of the young&nbsp;Allsvenskan&nbsp;season against former employers&nbsp;Sundsvall&nbsp;on April 6. Gall's corner kick serve teed up the Sky Blues' 79th minute equalizer, but they'd collapse late to suffer a 3-1 loss. Through three rounds, the 20-time Swedish champs stand middle of the pack with four points.
<strong>Ben McKendry</strong><br> VAN: 2016-17
The young Canadian opened his European account by tapping home the 65th minute winner in&nbsp;Nykoping's&nbsp;2-1 opening day victory over visiting Gefle&nbsp;on April 7.&nbsp;McKendry&nbsp;also went the distance in last weekend's 1-all draw at&nbsp;Sollentuna&nbsp;as the third&nbsp;flighters&nbsp;continued their solid start to the new season.
<strong>Ian Garrett</strong><br> Chicago Fire Academy
The Michigan native made his&nbsp;Nykoping&nbsp;debut with a late wing cameo in that same win over&nbsp;Gefle.

Finland

<strong>Luis Silva</strong><br> TOR: 2012-13<br> DC: 2013-15<br> RSL: 2015-18
The&nbsp;FC&nbsp;Honka&nbsp;newcomer has quickly become a fixture in the&nbsp;Veikkausliiga&nbsp;side's lineup. He worked 105 minutes on his March 30 debut, a heartbreaking 5-4 penalty shootout loss to&nbsp;Suomen&nbsp;Cup visitors&nbsp;Ilves. Silva also started their first two league games of the season up top, a 2-1 win at&nbsp;RoPS&nbsp;and last weekend's 3-1 home loss to&nbsp;IFK&nbsp;Mariehamn&nbsp;that saw him notch the assist on their early opener.

Albania

<strong>Dilly Duka</strong><br> CLB: 2010-12, 2016-17<br> CHI: 2013-14<br> MTL: 2014-15<br> RBNY: 2017
The&nbsp;Partizani&nbsp;Tirana&nbsp;midfielder scored his first goal for the club as the early opener in what would end up a 3-1 loss to April 6 guests&nbsp;Luftetari.&nbsp;Duka&nbsp;&amp; Co. bounced back with a pair of wins in the seven days that followed to open up a 12-point lead on the&nbsp;Superliga&nbsp;pack. The American has now made seven straight starts in central midfield.

Guatemala

<strong>Nicolás&nbsp;Samayoa</strong><br> NE: 2018
The defender had rode the&nbsp;Comunicaciones&nbsp;bench for five games until getting the start at next-to-last&nbsp;Deportivo&nbsp;Sanarate&nbsp;on the last day of March.&nbsp;Samayoa&nbsp;helped them post a 1-0 victory, but was back in the dugout the following week for a 3-1 home loss to Municipal. After not dressing for a pair of wins, he then came off the bench late in this past weekend's 1-0 home defeat against&nbsp;Guastatoya. With five rounds to go, Comunicaciones&nbsp;stand three points off the top in fifth place.

Thailand

<strong>Chris Cortez</strong><br> CHV: 2011
The striker scored his first goal for loan side&nbsp;Ayutthaya&nbsp;United on April 6 to earn the second flight survivalists a 1-1 share away to title chasers Lampang. Despite climbing out of the basement with the result, they still remain&nbsp;winless&nbsp;in six. Next week, the club make a League Cup visit to face mites&nbsp;Singburi.