There’s nothing like an overnight screamer from our transatlantic cousins to brighten up a grey morning in work and Damir Kreilach has granted us one today.
The Real Salt Lake man, playing for a club that’s up there with the least credible team names in sport, scored an instinctive scissored effort to draw his side level at 2-2 just before the hour mark in their tie with LAFC in California.
The Utah side would go on to notch a second goal and ensure progress to the semi-finals of the Western Conference division of the MLS Cup play-offs.
The Croation has notched twelve goals in thirty three starts since arriving in the States from Union Berlin of the Bundesliga last February, including two in this tie alone.
Elsewhere in MLS, Wayne Rooney missed a penalty as his DC United crashed out of the knockouts in a shootout after drawing 2-2 with Columbus Crew in normal time.
The 33-year-old former English captain was upbeat afterwards, though, with his side putting together a strong winning run to get to the play-offs from far off the pace, with his experience and performances being responsible for that to a large extent.
"It's disappointing to lose on penalties but as a team we can be extremely proud of what we have achieved in the last few months," said Rooney.
"Really we had no right to make the play-offs. To do that we have brought belief back to the fans, the team and we have to build on that."