Atlanta United midfielder Kevin Kratz hasn't found regular playing time for the Five Stripes, but if he subs in and steps behind a set piece, watch out! He came on in the 74th minute Saturday against the Montreal Impact, enough to time to put in a pair of free kicks and drive a 4-1, come-from-behind victory.
Per MLS Communications, Kratz is the fifth player, period, to score twice directly from a free kick in a single game since 2003. The first four each achieved the feat as starters: MLS legend Dwayne De Rosario, then of Toronto FC (vs. HOU on Sept. 18, 2010), San Jose Earthquakes defender Ramiro Corrales (vs. Chivas USA on Sept. 1, 2012), Columbus Crew SC midfielder Federico Higuain (vs. NE on Aug. 25, 2012) and TFC forward Sebastian Giovinco (vs. DC on July 23, 2016).
*CORRECTION: An earlier version of this text listed only two players (Higuain, Giovinco) to achieve the feat prior to today's action. Kratz is the fifth, not third, player to hit two direct free kicks in the same match; he remains the only sub to do so.