The Brazilian striker scored twice in a 4-1 rivalry victory over Sporting Kansas City at CITYPARK, a result that made CITY SC the first expansion club to record 17 wins in their inaugural season (excluding the shootout era). After other results, the club also clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and a spot in the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup.
João Klauss, with the second brace of his MLS career, is the first player in St. Louis history to reach 10 goals in a season. His 0.75 goals per 90 minutes ranking as the second-best mark in MLS behind Atlanta United striker Giorgos Giakoumakis at 0.87 (minimum seven goals).
The 26-year-old is also the first player in St. Louis history to be named Player of the Matchday presented by Continental Tire. He, alongside midfielder Eduard Löwen, is a Designated Player for the Midwest-based club.
St. Louis will look to continue their record-setting inaugural season when visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday evening (10:30 pm ET | MLS Season Pass). With a win, they will set a new expansion club record for single-season points. LAFC earned 57 points in 2018, while CITY SC are on 56 points with two games remaining (17W-10L-5D).
The MLS Player of the Matchday presented by Continental Tire is selected each matchday 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.