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Top Five PDL Alumni: MLS Week Five

By COLTON CORESCHI - colton.coreschi@uslsoccer.com, 04/02/18, 9:30AM EDT

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Badji hat trick, Baird's first career goal lead PDL alums


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As one PDL alum chimed in with a hat trick performance, another picked up his first goal of his MLS career in week five of MLS play.

Dominique Badji was the star of the show for the Colorado Rapids, as his three second-half goals earned the Colorado Rapids a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday. While his team didn’t follow suit, Real Salt Lake’s Corey Baird did earn the great feeling of picking up his first career MLS goal, subbing on and finding the back of the net late against Toronto FC.

Elsewhere, Brandon Vincent helped the Chicago Fire battle back from two deficits to earn a 2-2 draw and their first point of the season with a goal and an assist. Teal Bunbury also picked up a goal in the New England Revolution’s 2-0 win against the Houston Dynamo on the road. Finally, Kei Kamara’s late goal lifted the Vancouver Whitecaps to another road victory over the Columbus Crew.

Check out the top five performers from week five of MLS play below.

Dominique Badji, F - Colorado Rapids

Started, played 90 minutes and recorded THREE GOALS in the Colorado Rapids’ 3-0 win vs. the Philadelphia Union

By far the best night of any PDL alum came from the feet of Dominique Badji. The Rapids home clash with the Union remained deadlocked through the first 45 minutes, but Badji quickly changed that in the second half. After recording his first goal in the 53rd minute, Badji followed up with two more in the 61st and 83rd minutes to claim his hat trick and win the Rapids an equivalent number of points.

Brandon Vincent, D - Chicago Fire

Started, played 90 minutes and recorded ONE GOAL and ONE ASSIST in the Chicago Fire’s 2-2 draw vs. the Portland Timbers

Despite falling behind twice in their home match against the Timbers, the Fire were able to battle from behind to claim their first point of 2018, largely thanks to Brandon Vincent. After Diego Valeri’s early goal for the visitors, Vincent picked up an assist to Nemanja Nikolic on the Fire’s first goal of the night. Vincent then leveled the score at two late, picking up his goal in the 84th minute to salvage a draw.

Teal Bunbury, F - New England Revolution

Started, played 54 minutes and recorded ONE GOAL in the New England Revolution’s 2-0 win vs. the Houston Dynamo

The Revolution did what few expected them to on Saturday night. On the road at BBVA Compass Stadium against the Houston Dynamo, the Revs outplayed their hosts to the tune of a 2-0 victory and three points. The game winner would be recorded by Teal Bunbury in the 15th minute, assisted by Penilla who would later add the second for the visitors.

Kei Kamara, F - Vancouver Whitecaps

Started, played 90 minutes and recorded ONE GOAL in the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2-1 win vs. the Columbus Crew

Another road victory on the night was found at MAPFRE Stadium, as the Vancouver Whitecaps picked up three points away from home against the Crew. While the hosts found an early lead through PDL alum Gyasi Zardes, the Whitecaps would battle back. Brek Shea picked up the equalizer early in the second half, but it was Kei Kamara’s 78th minute goal that sealed the win for the visitors, continuing his hot start to the season.

Corey Baird, M - Real Salt Lake

Subbed-on, played 20 minutes and recorded ONE GOAL in Real Salt Lake’s 3-1 loss vs. Toronto FC

While Friday night would ultimately be a losing effort for Real Salt Lake, the match against Toronto FC provided a memorable moment for one of the team’s most recent Homegrown signings. After subbing on in the 70th minute, Corey Baird found the back of the net in the 82nd minute to record his first career MLS goal.


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