With Andres Rios and Danny Hoesen struggling in front of goal, we splurged a hefty $8.5m dollars on 25-year-old Syrian striker Omar Kharbin. Sadly, he wouldn’t be able to join us until the transfer window opened. Experienced Austrian winger Christoph Kropfl was also snapped up but for a lot less money! We would later add attacking midfielder Roman Niemeijer too.
On the pitch, we finally got back to winning ways (After six games without a win!) with an impressive 2-0 win in Seattle. After goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski had showed why he’d taken over the number one shirt, Andres Rios struck his third goal of the season to show new signing Kharbin that he wouldn’t necessarily walk straight into the team. Jackson Yuell later finished off an excellent move from a corner to seal a stunning victory. We backed that up with another 2-0 win, this time in Dallas. Wideman Cristian Esponoza tore the home side apart to both score and create a tap in for Rios, early in the piece. In truth, we should’ve won by a lot more.
Sadly, we went back to home turf only to go back to losing! Magnus Eriksson hit the post when he should’ve put us 1-0 before FC Cincinnati took the lead. Espinoza later missed an open goal from a tight angle and Judson fluffed a one on one chance in the dying embers. Normality was restored however with a third consecutive 2-0 away win, this time in New England. Todor Nedelev opened the scoring with a stunning solo strike, his first in America before Espinoza added to his season tally. What looked like a serious injury to Magnus Eriksson, who had looked dangerous having been restored to the line-up in the last few games, was the only blemish on the result. He joined winger Vako on the sidelines.
On a positive note, with eleven games played and therefore half the season gone, we were up to 7th in the table (A play-off place) with 14 points. Both LA based outfits (Galaxy and FC) were ten points clear at the top undefeated with 32 points!