Sporting Kansas City forward Daniel Salloi was formally recognized today for his stupendous, two-goal performance in Sporting’s 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night, receiving his second call up to the MLS Team of the Week presented by Audi.
Salloi bagged his fourth career regular season brace, and second against the Rapids, by scoring on either side of halftime. His three total shots and two shots on goal paced the team with both attempts on frame beating William Yarbrough. He led all Sporting KC forwards with 45 touches and 13 passes in the final third.
In the 24th minute of Wednesday’s showdown, Salloi fired Sporting KC out in front with a brilliant run into the box off a quick restart at midfield. The Hungarian international sliced and diced two defenders before torching Yarbrough on the near post.
After the Rapids drew even, Salloi regained the lead for the hosts in the 50th by taking control of a Kortne Ford pass and deftly placing it into the far netting with precision. The Sporting KC Academy product now has 12 game-winning goals, tied for the third-most in club history with 2015 Sporting Legends inductee Chris Klein.
After signing with Sporting as a homegrown in 2016, Salloi made his debut in 2017 and has 35 goals and 19 assists in 92 starts. He made an appearance on the MLS Team of the Week Bench earlier this season and was recognized eight times last season.
Team of the Week (3-4-3, left to right): Brad Stuver (ATX) – Alexander Callens (NYC), Damion Lowe (MIA), Ruben Gabrielsen (ATX) – Xherdan Shaqiri (CHI), Jamiro Monteiro (SJ), Hany Mukhtar (NSH), Sebastian Driussi (ATX) – Lucas Cavallini (VAN), Raul Ruidiaz (SEA), Daniel Salloi (SKC)
Bench: Drake Callender (MIA), Yeimar Gomez Andrade (SEA), Alex Muyl (NSH), Alfredo Morales (NYC), Jackson Yueill (SJ), Emanuel Reynoso (MIN), Omir Fernandez (RBNY)
Sporting Kansas City will be on the road this weekend when they take on the San Jose Earthquakes at PayPal Park at 6:30 p.m. CT on Sunday. Salloi and Sporting will return to Children’s Mercy Park next Wednesday to face their longtime rivals the Houston Dynamo in the Round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Tickets for the Open Cup clash are on sale now at SeatGeek.com.