Team of the Matchday

Team of the Matchday: Columbus Crew, LA Galaxy answer call in Matchday 16

Players must have heard that voting is open for the 2023 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, producing abundant Team of the Matchday presented by Audi-worthy performances in Matchday 16.


The Columbus Crew’s star duo of midfielder Lucas Zelarayán (1g/2a) and striker Cucho Hernández (1g/0a) were dominant in a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids, while New England Revolution midfielder Carles Gil (2g/0a) scored inside the first minute and in the 93rd minute of a 3-3 draw at Atlanta United.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC dropped a touchdown on 10-man Houston Dynamo FC in a 6-2 victory, led by midfielder Julian Gressel’s (2g/0a) clinical finishing. CF Montréal earned a 2-2 draw at D.C. United earlier Wednesday evening, all as forward Sunusi Ibrahim (1g/1a) produced a heroic substitute appearance.

One day after parting ways with club president Chris Klein, the LA Galaxy earned their first road win of the year when downing Real Salt Lake 3-2. Midfielder Gastón Brugman (1g/0a) and right back Calegari (0g/2a) were both immense for the visitors at America First Field.

Sporting Kansas City forward Dániel Sallói (1g/0a) continues to step up for his resurgent club, tallying the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas. And San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Daniel stood on his head, making eight saves in a 1-0 win at Seattle Sounders FC.

To round out the side: FC Cincinnati left back Álvaro Barreal (1g/1a) scored a stunning free kick in a 3-1 win at New York City FC, and Austin FC center back Julio Cascante (0g/2a) stepped up on both ends of the pitch in a 2-1 win over Minnesota United FC.

Luchi Gonzalez, following San Jose’s first road win of the year, gets Coach of the Matchday honors.

Team of the Matchday (3-4-3, left to right): Daniel (SJ) - Álvaro Barreal (CIN), Julio Cascante (ATX), Calegari (LA) - Carles Gil (NE), Gastón Brugman (LA), Lucas Zelarayán (CLB), Julian Gressel (VAN) - Dániel Sallói (SKC), Cucho Hernández (CLB), Sunusi Ibrahim (MTL)

Coach: Luchi Gonzalez (SJ)

Bench: Brad Stuver (ATX), Sean Nealis (RBNY), Thiago Almada (ATL), Riqui Puig (LA), Ryan Gauld (VAN), Gadi Kinda (SKC), Luciano Acosta (CIN), Ariel Lassiter (MTL), Brian White (VAN)


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