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Talent Train From Georgia: March Recap

Checking in on the Talent Train

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Welcome to this season's first edition of the Talent Train from Georgia. We will be taking a look how all the players with Georgia ties did during the month of March. Vote in the poll at the bottom of the page for who you think was the best performer this month.

MLS

  • Alec Kann (Sporting Kansas City): Kann has taken on a supporting role behind Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia. It is unlikely that he will start a game anytime soon as Sporting KC are one of the better defenses in the league so far, only conceding three goals in four games. Kann's best chance of seeing first team action is in the US Open Cup this summer.
  • Chris Duvall (New York Red Bulls): Duvall spent the first few games of the season recovering from an injury he received last season but made his first appearance for the Red Bulls this past weekend after he came on as a sub in the 58th minute. Duvall's role with the Red Bulls will likely increase as the season goes on.
  • Chris Klute (Portland Timbers): Klute has missed all of Portland's games so far through a knee injury. He should be making a return to the first team soon, however.
  • Jack McInerney (Portland Timbers): McInerney has came on as a sub during three matches this season, scoring a late goal in the 2-1 loss against San Jose Earthquakes. Against Orlando on Sunday, McInerney scored his 40th goal in MLS. He came on in 58th minute for Fernando Adi and ended Orlando's shutout in the 89th minute.
  • Joe Bendik (Orlando City SC): Bendik has started all four games for Orlando City between the posts. He kept a clean sheet against NYCFC by denying Mix Diskerud on two different opportunities. Bendik and the Orlando defense have given up four goals in four games. Bendik made three saves including a huge stop to keep out Adi's penalty kick.
  • Jordan McCrary (New England Revolution): McCrary has yet to make an appearance for New England thus far.
  • Kwadwo Poku (New York City FC): Poku did not make his first appearance until NYCFC's fourth game of the season when he started in the 1-1 draw with New England. Poku played 77 minutes before being substituted for Mehdi Ballouchy. Poku had a few good looks early on but failed to make a large impact on the match.
  • Mark Bloom (Toronto FC): Bloom has recently been playing with Toronto FC II in the USL to get some game time. The Toronto defender missed the entirety of last season due to injury. Last week, Bloom set up two goals in the 2-2 draw with Red Bulls II. In an interview with Sportsnet, Bloom stated, "Hopefully, them seeing me in a game reminds them I can be an asset because it’s been so long that I’ve been able to play. Everybody needs a reminder."
  • Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo): Clark started Houston's opening four games who have taken four points out of the available twelve. Clark scored with a sublime left footed finish in the 5-0 domination over in-state rivals FC Dallas. Clark also helped set up Andrew Wenger's goal in the 3-3 draw with New England.
  • Sam Cronin (Colorado Rapids): Cronin has four starts for Colorado already under his belt and playing the full 90 in each of them. The Rapids have let in the least amount of goals so far, out of any MLS team, only two in four games.
  • Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire): Johnson has yet to see any playing time under new coach Veljko Paunović.
  • Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas): Zimmerman started the opening three of FC Dallas' games. He helped keep two clean sheets, against Philadelphia Union and Montreal Impact. The other match FC Dallas let in five goals against Houston. Zimmerman was named to the Week 1 MLS Team of the Week and was a part of the USA U-23 Olympic Qualifying team that lost out to Columbia over two legs.
  • Warren Creavalle (Philadelphia Union): Creavalle has three games for Philadelphia and set up C.J. Sapong's second goal by beat a defender on the wing and whipping in a well-placed cross that provided for an easy finish.

NASL

  • Jimmy Maurer (New York Cosmos): Maurer and the New York Cosmos opened up the season with a 3-0 win over Ottawa Fury FC. Maurer made three saves on the night.
  • Tyler Ruthven (Jacksonville Armada FC): Jacksonville did not play in the opening week of NASL play.

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