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Player of the Match: Damir Kreilach nets two over the Vancouver Whitecaps

We all secretly wished he had taken the penalty kick and got the hat trick, but a brace in a 4-0 win isn’t bad either.

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We’re like 11 games into the season and this is at least the third, if not fourth or fifth, time I’ve picked Damir Kreilach as my player of the game. But he’s just so good.

I mean, he scored before I could even get the sound turned on on the game and gave RSL the front foot from the start of this one.

Just what, 42 seconds in and RSL was able to truly play their game. Not bad for the road team!

RSL is notorious for scoring a goal and letting their foot off the gas. That didn’t happen in this one, thankfully. RSL played one of the cleanest first halves I have seen from them in a while. It would take until the second half for the team to find its second goal, but the offense looked dangerous the entire time. This was largely because of the connection Kreilach had with Albert Rusnak and Justin Meram.

Kreilach nearly had a goal from Rusnak, but just missed. It’s okay though, he didn’t miss the second time.

It’s only fitting Kreilach’s second goal came off service from Justin Meram.

This was one of the most dangerous attacks RSL has had in a while. Credit is really due to all of the attackers. There were some defensive lapses but the 2-0 scoreline in the 58th minute was too much for Vancouver.

Maybe its just me who wishes Kreilach had taken the penalty kick that gave RSL the 3-0 lead, but alas, the team earned a 3-0 lead. Kreilach and Rusnak both had good night, but Kreilach had that extra edge that helped him find the back of the net twice in the run of play.

Kreilach played a really great game and showed once again why he might just go down in the record books as one of the best players to wear claret and cobalt.