‘New Cuadrado’ and forgotten FA Cup winner are MLS highlights

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After a bumper weekend of action from the exciting world of Major League Soccer, we’ve decided to highlight the good, the bad and the just plain ugly when it comes to football Stateside.

Manchester City’s pet project New York City may have got off the ground with a fine 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution but elsewhere in the league a former Sky Blues foe was among those to impress.

Meanwhile, the second coming of Juan Cuadrado impressed and was among the goals while one attacker was duly awarded for his diligence in comical fashion.

 

The Good

Fabian Castillo may currently find himself playing in the less-than-glamorous surroundings of the Toyota Stadium in Dallas, but this 22-year-old winger/forward looks set for a bright future be it in Major League Soccer or elsewhere.

Previously on the books at Colombian giants Deportivo Cali, Castillo showcased his excellent pace, movement and finishing abilities during a fine team goal against Sporting Kansas City.

 

The Bad

Snapped up by Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez after impressing for Honduras at the 2012 Olympics in London, Espinoza was a key part of the Latics side that upset the odds to win the FA Cup in 2013 and was a favourite of club chairman Dave Whelan.

Yet after finding playing time increasingly hard to come by at the DW Stadium, Espinoza opted to return to Sporting Kansas City – the team Wigan first recruited him from – this summer and duly scored over the weekend, albeit with a little help from some dodgy goalkeeping.

 

The Ugly

Having left it late to steal a 1-1 draw with fellow MLS newcomers New York City last time out, Orlando managed to go one better against Houston Dynamo, picking up the franchise’s first ever win.

And though they say that, when it comes to football, sometimes you have to win dirty, the goal that ultimately sealed their victory was not exactly a classic, though Brazil-born up-and-comer Pedro Ribeiro deserves the credit for pressuring the goalkeeper into one hell of a clanger.

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