With Colossal’s stars in-line for national duty over the course of the next fortnight, our talents were hungry to depart their clubs with three points in the bank.
Albert concluded his regular season with Real Salt Lake in fine style after confirming their MLS play-off would kick-off at home. Meanwhile, Kasey’s Bristol City leaped up the Championship table with leaders West Brom firmly in the Robins’ sights.
Here is a full rundown of the weekend match action our players were involved in:
Total Appearances: 7
Total Minutes Played (Normal Time): 465
Player of the Week: Albert Rusnak
• Albert and Real Salt Lake secure home fixture in first round of MLS play-offs
• The Slovakian star played upfront as Salt Lake beat Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0
• Albert and his side given two-week rest before hosting the Portland Timbers
Albert will head into the all-important MLS play-offs with high morale as Real Salt Lake defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 on Sunday.
The crucial win was the difference in Salt Lake playing at home in the first round of the post-season as the Portland Timbers come to town.
With the freedom to play in a variety of attacking positions, Albert’s impact in the side will be vital moving forward if Salt Lake are to lift their first MLS Cup in a decade.
Cody Drameh & Martell Taylor-Crossdale
• Fulham U23s end Everton’s unbeaten run this season in the Premier League Cup
• Martell played over an hour, Cody 90 minutes in 2-1 win at Motspur Park
• The pair have started in every Fulham U23s fixture of the current campaign
Cody and Martell featured for Fulham U23s on Sunday as the young cottagers handed Everton their first defeat of the season.
Martell played until the hour mark of the 2-1 win against David Unsworth’s side with Cody completing the full 90 minutes at Motspur Park.
The talented duo will be desperate to be a part of youth team success as Fulham have made the perfect start to their Premier League Cup campaign, going top of Group B.
• Crawley Town suffered 3-1 away loss to Forest Green in League Two on Saturday
• David played the full 90 minutes in defeat that sees Crawley’s play-off push dented
• David’s next match will be up against upcoming Carabao Cup opponents Colchester
The challenge of facing current League Two leaders Forest Green away from home was sadly too much for David and his Crawley Town teammates in the 3-1 defeat.
Despite the Red Devils falling down to 13th in the table, David continues to play an integral role for Crawley after completing the full 90 minutes on Saturday.
In a rehearsal of the Carabao Cup round of 16 tie at home to Colchester United, David will be hoping to make a statement against the U’s in his next game.
• Kasey entered Bristol City’s 1-0 win over Reading in 85th minute at Ashton Gate
• The midfielder has often started for City but was rested in Saturday’s victory
• The Robins have found themselves just inside the play-off spots in sixth place
Bristol City edged their way into the Championship play-off spots with a 1-0 victory against Reading at Ashton Gate with Kasey appearing for the final five minutes.
With the games coming thick and fast for the Robins, Kasey was given a rest on Saturday after being heavily involved in Lee Johnson’s plans this season.
Kasey is likely to returning to the starting XI in City’s next match away to Luton Town with the chance of topping the table being two points behind leaders West Brom.
• Raheem played the entirety of Man City’s shock 2-0 home defeat to Wolves
• The 24-year-old was unlucky not to add to his six league goals so far this season
• Man City are eight points behind leaders Liverpool, Raheem now on England duty
Having been the difference-maker in Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday, Raheem returned back to the starting XI for the visit of Wolves on Saturday.
Whilst Raheem was denied by a pair of great saves from Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio, Man City couldn’t break down their clinical opponents and were made to pay.
Despite things not going according to plan for club, Raheem will be eager to take England a step closer to qualifying for Euro 2020 ahead of qualifiers away to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
• Reece came on at half-time in Augsburg’s 5-1 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach
• The defensive midfielder entered the match with the away side 4-0 down
• Augsburg are now sitting in 14th in the Bundesliga table after seven games
Although the manner of Augsburg’s 5-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach will be a sting in the tail for Reece’s side, the defensive midfielder steadied the ship in the second-half.
After Reece came on at half-time, Augsburg’s hopes of coming back into the match were all but lost at 4-0 down but the 20-year-old added strength to the team’s vulnerable defence.
With Augsburg sliding to 14th in the German top-flight, it seems only a matter of time before Reece starts more regularly for the Fuggerstädter.