Reading United AC alum Luke Mulholland (right) / Photo courtesy of Real Salt Lake
A number of PDL players stood out from Week 5 in Major League Soccer action this past weekend, and one of the strongest was former Reading United AC midfielder Luke Mulholland of Real Salt Lake.
Mulholland scored what proved to be the game-winning goal during Real Salt Lake’s 2-1 victory against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday in Kansas City. From about 30 yards out in the 79th minute, the ball popped out after a scrum and Mulholland one-timed it into the left of the frame.
That goal put RSL up 2-0, and Mulholland could have scored earlier in the 57th minute when his strike ricocheted off of the crossbar.
It was ultimately a vital tally as Kansas City’s Benny Feilhaber brought his side back to within one goal in stoppage time with a penalty kick conversion.
New England Revolution goalkeeper and PDL alum Bobby Shuttleworth made five saves to lead the Revs to a 1-0 victory against the New York Red Bulls last Friday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. It was the Revs’ first win of the season.
Shuttleworth made a key stop against Bradley Wright-Phillips off of a corner kick opportunity in the final 10 minutes to preserve the shutout and victory.
“We’ve talked a lot about once we score a goal, being able to dig in and get a result and holding that lead,” said Shuttleworth. “That’s exactly what we did tonight.”
Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps praised Shuttleworth’s growing maturity as he and the back line held strong for the three points against New York.
“I think that was great for Bobby. I love Bobby when he makes a save,” Heaps said following the match. “Bobby makes all great saves throughout the course of the season, but we’re really looking for him to make those saves when you’re 0-0 or up 1-0 to preserve the three points or preserve a heavy draw on the road or something like that, but that’s where I think his maturity is really getting better. He’s starting to make those saves and key games, key moments, that help you win and that’s really the difference that I thought tonight, was that Bobby [Shuttleworth] made those saves.
PDL alum Bobby Shuttleworth / Photo courtesy of New England Revolution
Shuttleworth earned MLS Save of the Week honors the previous week when he parried the ball away against New York City FC’s David Villa during a 1-1 road draw in New York.
Elsewhere, PDL alum Tesho Akindele scored a second-half equalizer for FC Dallas to salvage a 1-1 draw against Columbus Crew SC on Saturday at Toyota Stadium. Akindele’s 77th-minute tap-in helped Dallas move to 3-1-1 while Columbus is still winless at 0-2-2.
Des Moines Menace standout Lamar Neagle set up Patrick Nyarko’s 34th-minute goal during a 1-1 road draw against the San Jose Earthquakes. On Monday, Neagle was named to the MLS Team of the Week.