MLS: Nigeria’s Nwobodo and other Africans shine in midweek action

MLS: Nigeria’s Nwobodo and other Africans shine in midweek action

On Wednesday night, Obinna Nwobodo was on target as FC Cincinnati recorded a 2-1 win over New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer action on Wednesday night.

Cincinnati fell behind to an Omir Fernandez penalty in the 28th minute but the Ohio state outfit finally came alive with 10 minutes left on the clock as Luciano Acosta equalised also from the penalty spot before former Nigeria U-20 player Nwobodo popped up with the winner deep in added time to seal the three points and maintain their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

There were also other Africans in MLS goalscoring action on Wednesday with South Sudan forward Machop Chol netting the consolation goal in injury time for Atlanta United in their 2-1 defeat at New England Revolution.

In another game, Swiss-Ethiopian Maren Haile-Selassie was the star of the show for Chicago as he scored a goal and provided an assist for fellow Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri in Chicago Fire’s 3-0 home win over Canadian side CF Montreal. The 24-year-old winger’s tally now stands at four goals and five assists in 20 league outings this season.

Libya and former New York City FC forward Ismael Tajouri-Shradi was also on target in Minnesota United’s 3-0 away victory at Houston Dynamo. South African forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane found the back of the net first in the 15th minute before former Norwich City forward Teemu Pukki doubled it five minutes later and Tajouri-Shradi with the final goal with three minutes left on the clock. It was the 29-year-old’s first goal for Minnesota in just his second appearance having joined from Cyprus giants Omonoia this summer.

Gabon forward Denis Bouanga was a provider for Stipe Biuk’s goal in Los Angles FC’s 3-0 win over St Louis City managed by former South Africa international Bradley Carnell.

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