Erik Hurtado had to wait 21 games for this, but getting the start today in place of the injured Darren Mattocks, the 2013 first round draft pick made his first Major League Soccer goal a memorable one. This score gave Vancouver an early lead in Columbus, but it will be remembered as an emphatic end to the second-year pro’s early drought.
From a restart out of the back, the speedy Hurtado briefly morphed into a target striker, keeping Columbus left back Waylon Francis in his pocket as he played the ball back into the middle of the field. One touch later, the 23-year-old from Santa Clara had the left side of goal to himself, bending the back of Steve Clark’s net to break onto the scoresheet.
It took 677 minutes, but given his talent, Hurtado’s unlikely to wait that long for number two. After scoring 33 times in college, the Whitecaps attacker is up to one in the pros.
After failing to qualify for the playoffs in each of their first eight seasons, 2015 saw the Reds venture into the postseason for the first time ever, only to be thumped in the knockout round, 3-0, by their 401 derby rival Montreal Impact, of all sides.
This is the year, though, or so we’ve said and been told all season long. While it remains to be seen how deep of a run TFC can muster in 2016, they’ll always have the Jozy Altidore‘s terrible first touch; Altidore’s wayward second and third touches; Altidore’s overhead cross; and Sebastian Giovinco’s strike, all of which you can watch in all its hilarity glory below.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) United States international Julian Green scored in his first official start as title holder Bayern Munich eased to a 3-1 win over Augsburg to reach the third round of the German Cup on Wednesday.
Green’s first goal in a competition match for Bayern came in the 42nd minute with a header off a cross by Thomas Mueller.
The 21-year-old American winger played in the previous German Cup round, coming off the bench in a 5-0 win over Carl-Zeiss Jena. Green has been in coach Carlo Ancelotti’s squad several times this season but this was his first start.
Manchester United will take on West Ham United at Old Trafford, while Arsenal will welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium. All quarterfinal fixtures will be played the week commencing Nov. 28.
As for the other two matchups, Liverpool host Leeds United at Anfield, and Hull City will face one of the three clubs they replaced in the PL this season, recently relegated Newcastle United, at the KCOM Stadium.
Full EFL Cup quarterfinal draw
Liverpool vs. Leeds United
Manchester United vs. West Ham
Hull City vs. Newcastle United
Arsenal vs. Southampton