Caleb Wiley’s performance on Saturday was enough to see him named MLS’s Player of the Matchday. His 2-goal, 1-assist performance led Atlanta United to a 3-0 victory over Charlotte FC at Bank of America Stadium.
Wiley, according to the league, is the 6th-youngest player to win the award. Ahead of him on the list: Freddy Adu, Santino Quaranta, Cade Cowell, Alphonso Davies, and Jozy Altidore.
At 18 years and 81 days today, Wiley is the sixth-youngest player to win the award in @MLS history behind Freddy Adu, Santino Quaranta, Cade Cowell, Alphonso Davies, and Jozy Altidore. https://t.co/kMqzVQsFgt— MLS Communications (@MLS_PR) March 13, 2023
Wiley is also the 3rd-youngest player to score or assist on at 3 goals in a half, behind Davies (twice) and Bobby Convey. From a club standpoint, he joins Miguel Almiron and Yamil Asad as the only players with 2 goals and 1 assist in a match.
Wiley, along with Miles Robinson, was also named to the league’s Team of the Matchday.
That’s now 2 Atlanta United players in 3 weeks to win Player of the Matchday. Thiago Almada won it after the season opener thanks to a pair of late stunners against San Jose. His free-kick winner in the dying embers of stoppage time was the Goal of the Matchday.