Leeds United are atop the English Championship and they have a former Major League Soccer standout to thank for that.
Jack Harrison, who started his professional career with New York City FC, struck for the 87th-minute winner in a 1-0 victory over host Reading at the Madejski Stadiums, his third goal in four games.
The 23-year-old winger headed in a Helder Costa cross to secure Leeds’ fourth consecutive victory which moves them one point ahead of West Brom — who play tomorrow — in the Championship.
Harrison, who came to Leeds on loan from Manchester City after a transfer from NYCFC in Jan. 2018, has been red-hot this season. The former No. 1 selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft has three goals in his club’s last four matches — all wins.
Harrison’s influence goes beyond this recent run of good form.
Jack Harrison has now been directly involved in more goals (8) after 18 Championship games this season than he managed throughout the entirety of 2018/19 (7) and 39 appearances.— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) November 26, 2019
Match Winner. #LUFC pic.twitter.com/J0ZOTgBKIS
Elsewhere in the Championship, USMNT defender Tim Ream helped lead Fulham up to third following a 3-0 victory over Derby County Tuesday at Craven Cottage. It was the third consecutive victory for the Cottagers, who moved ahead of Preston North End.
While Ream went the distance in Fulham’s second clean sheet in three wins, Duane Holmes had a 77-minute stint for Derby County.
Tim Ream and Fulham move into 3rd place with its 3rd win in a row in a 3-0 win over Derby County (Duane Holmes went 77 minutes in the loss). Ream was solid yet again and is having another strong season. The #USMNT vet has been exceptional in his 7 seasons in the Championship. https://t.co/snC7RM7nAZ— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) November 26, 2019
Also on Tuesday, It was another UEFA Champions League start for ex-Vancouver Whitecaps star Alphonso Davies at left back in Bayern Munich’s 6-0 blasting of Crvena Zvezda in Group B.
In net for Red Star was Canadian international Milan Bojan, making it the first time two CanMNT players squared off against each other in the Champions League.
History for @CanadaSoccerEN as two mens international players go against each other for the first time in the UEFA Champions League with Milan Borjan in net for Red Star & Alphonso Davies at left back for Bayern Munich. pic.twitter.com/5UfmHHKVzv— Kristian Jack (@KristianJack) November 26, 2019