NC Fusion in the Pros

This week saw 15 former NC Fusion players across MLS and USL Championship in action for their clubs. Most notably were the two MLS matchups where former NC Fusion players went head to head and a former Fusion player got a key assist to help his team extend a league record winning streak. Here’s how some of our former academy and U-23 players playing professionally fared this week.

MLS

Clint Irwin (Colorado Rapids): 45 minutes vs Montreal Impact. Irwin came off the bench and played the entire second half in goal for the Rapids in an exciting game vs another former NC Fusion U-23 player Daniel Lovitz, in which Colorado won 6-3. Irwin made 3 saves to help ensure a victory for the home side.

Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact): 90 minutes vs Colorado Rapids. Lovitz started at left back and played the entire game vs the Colorado Rapids. Unfortunately, this was a tough game for the Montreal backline as they conceded 6 goals in the match. Lovitz played 2 crosses, had 1 key pass and 4 recoveries.

Shea Salinas (San Jose Earthquakes): 18 minutes vs Columbus Crew. Salinas’ San Jose has been one of the hottest teams in MLS in part thanks to his performances throughout the season. However, the Earthquakes were held to a 1-1 draw at home vs the Crew on Saturday night. Salinas came off the bench for the final 18 minutes. Despite only playing the final portion of the game, Salinas created a few scoring chances and had a 94% pass accuracy.

Luis Argudo (Columbus Crew): 62 minutes vs San Jose Earthquakes. Argudo and the rest of the Columbus Crew traveled cross country to San Jose and another former NC Fusion player Shea Salinas. Argudo had 1 shot and 5 recoveries in Columbus’ 1-1 draw with the Earthquakes.

Gianluca Busio (Sporting KC): 26 minutes vs Seattle Sounders. Busio came on as a second half sub for Kansas City in their 3-2 win in Seattle on Sunday night. In his appearance as a 2nd half sub, Busio was fouled twice and had 2 recoveries. This was Sporting’s first win in 3 matches and put them within 5 points of a playoff spot.

Sean Davis (New York Red Bulls): 90 minutes vs Toronto FC. Davis started and played 90 minutes in the Red Bulls 2-0 win over Toronto FC on Saturday. Davis put in a solid defensive shift, including a game high 3 tackles. The central midfielder helped his team move into 3rd place in the eastern conference.

Warren Creavalle (Philadelphia Union): 56 minutes vs DC United. Creavalle started, played the first 56 minutes and got an assist in Philly’s 5-1 win over DC United. The defensive midfielder put in a good performance including an assist where he intercepted the ball in the middle of the field, drove at the DC backline, and played Philly winger Kacper Przybylko through on goal. The win continues the Union’s very impressive season where they are currently in first place in the eastern conference after 25 games.

Sebastian Ibeagha (New York City FC): 73 minutes vs Real Salt Lake. The centerback came off the bench for an injured Ben Sweat in the 17th minute and played the final 73 minutes in NYCFC’s 3-1 loss in Salt Lake City on Saturday night. Ibeagha helped New York City limit Salt Lake to 4 shots on target, however, RSL was clinical with the limited shots they got and came out with the victory.

Brandt Bronico (Chicago Fire): 90 minutes vs Houston Dynamo. Bronico started and played the entire match in Chicago’s 1-0 win over Houston. Bronico played central midfield for the Fire and got a yellow card in the 53rd minute. He was also fouled once, had 2 interceptions and 3 recoveries during the game.

USL

Jon Bakero (Phoenix Rising FC): 28 minutes vs LA Galaxy II. Bakero came on as a 2nd half sub and played the last 28 minutes in Phoenix’s dramatic 3-2 win vs LA. Bakero made the most of his 28 minutes on the field as Phoenix was down 2-1 when he entered the game. He came on and recorded an assist and created 3 chances. Phoenix continue their record setting win streak with 12 straight wins and are top of the western conference.

Sam Fink (Saint Louis FC): 90 minutes vs New York Red Bulls II. Fink started the match and played the entire 90 minutes in Saint Louis’ 2-0 loss to New York on Friday night. Despite the loss, the Saint Louis FC captain recorded 6 clearances and played 6 accurate long balls.

Michael Lahoud (San Antonio FC): 90 minutes vs Sacramento Republic FC. Lahoud started and played the entire game for SAFC in their 3-2 home loss to Sacramento Saturday night. The central midfielder had a 93% pass accuracy and had the most tackles in the match with 4.

Shane Malcolm (Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC): 78 minutes vs Real Monarchs. Malcolm played the first 78 minutes of Colorado Spring’s 1-0 loss on Friday night. The right winger recorded 7 recoveries while also winning 1 aerial dual and was fouled once.

Alex Martinez (Charlotte Independence): 18 minutes vs Louisville City FC. Martinez played 18 minutes off the bench of Charlotte in their 1-0 loss at home to Louisville. The midfielder, who has been having a good year for a Charlotte team that has been hot of late, had a rough night by getting sent off for receiving 2 yellow cards in his brief time on the pitch.

Brian Anunga (Charleston Battery): 90 minutes vs Tampa Bay Rowdies. Anunga played the entire match in Charleston’s 5-0 home defeat to Tampa Bay. The Cameroonian had a 88% pass accuracy and was fouled 3 times.

Fusion Players Weekly Record: 6W-2D-7L

Fusion Players Weekly Stats: Games Played: 15, Minutes Played: 944, Goals: 0, Assists: 2

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