TEENAGE GETS HIS GOAL

Sports Reporter 

ZIMBABWE international defender, Teenage Hadebe scored his first goal of the 2023 Major League Soccer season, the only goal for Houston Dynamo, in a 1-2 defeat at Sporting Kansas City yesterday.

It was his second appearance inside a week on his return from an injury, which had kept him on the sidelines since April 22. 

While he played the whole match in the 4-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps, Hadebe lasted just the first half yesterday.

Hadebe scored nine minutes into added time of the first half, reducing the deficit after Sporting Kansas City had scored twice in the opening 45 minutes. 

He was taken off at the start of the second half, the first time he was substituted this season in his 10 appearances.

Sporting Kansas City played 51 minutes with 10 men after a 39th minute red card to their goal-scorer, Russell, who found the target from the spot after seven minutes. 

Houston’s final opportunity of the game came off the right foot of Corey Baird in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time. 

Bartlow’s pass found the forward in space, but his effort was saved by the Kansas City goalkeeper.

Hadebe and the Dynamo next travel to South Florida to take on Lionel Messi and Inter Miami CF in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Hadebe’s Warriors teammate, Tino Kadewere, made his second appearance for struggling Olympique Lyon on Saturday as they conceded a late goal in a 0-1 Ligue 1 loss at Brest.

Kadewere was a second half substitute, replacing Diego Moreira in the 52nd minute and was given a rating of 4.8 out of 10, which was the joint lowest for the four substitutes.

But, it was only bettered by TWO starters, goalkeeper Anthony Lopez (9.4) and Paul Akouokou (5). Winless Lyon are third from bottom with two draws from six matches and are now under former defender Fabio Grosso, who replaced the sacked Laurent Blanc. 

It was his first match in charge.

Kadewere’s only other appearance for Lyon this season was the 1-4 defeat at home to PSG on September 3, a result which cost Blanc’s job. 

He played the first half and was removed at halftime but given a decent rating of 5.6 out of 10, better than seven other starters.

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