Heavy rain, a draw, and a red card. There isn’t much that can be said about the MLS Homegrown Game. The MLS Homegrown squad took on the U-20 UNAL Tigres.
MLS Homegrown Game Match Recap
The game played out at the Atlanta United FC Training Field in Marietta, Georgia. Throughout the match, both teams fought for position and possession. The MLS Homegrown team had strings of beautiful passes up until the final third, where strikers were a little greedy and tried to take the glory for themselves.
However, on the other side of the field Tigres were caught off guard by the aggressive playing style of the Homegrown team, but quickly adapted. It looked like the game was going to go into the half time break tied 0-0 until Tigres conceded a free kick. Toronto FC’s Liam Fraiser found himself with only the Keeper to beat to put them up 1-0.
Ben Mines takes the field
In the second half Red Bull II product Ben Mines took the field in the 46th minute. While his performance did not exactly wow anyone, he did force fouls and put the Homegrown team in dangerous spots. He only had one shot which was a few inches to the right of the goal. The fault shouldn’t land on Mines, as his position kept changing, and rarely saw the ball. Tigres would eventually tie up on a free kick from an error made by Sean Melvin of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Fans shouldn’t give much thought to this lack luster performance by Mines, and should look forward to him actually flourish under the Red Bulls system.
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