The 2020 edition of Major League Soccer finally began. Twenty six teams from United States and Canada started to fight for the title of the main football league from these countries. This year will be very special for New Zealand in the MLS because there are eight Kiwis in the league.
The first matchweek is over and Oceania Football Center brings a small but valuable report about the New Zealanders in this league. Scroll down to check!
Michael Boxall is back for one more year at Minnesota United. The 31-year-old central defender played the whole game and he had a decent performance in the 3-1 away win against Portland Timbers. Noah Billingsley and James Musa were not part of Minnesota’s squad in this clash while Timbers’ defender Bill Tuiloma missed this match because he is still injured.
Chicago Fire’s Elliot Collier made his first MLS appearence since 2018. He joined the pitch in the 70th minute to replace Djordje Mihailovic but the Kiwi forward did not have a good performance in the 2-1 loss against Seattle Sounders.
The three other Kiwis were not called for their teams’ matches: Winston Reid (Sporting Kansas City), Kyle Adams (Houston Dynamo) and Deklan Wynne (Colorado Rapids). The next matchweek is scheduled to begin on Saturday.