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Caribbean Footballers leading from the front as USL Playoffs loom

Machel Turner
Sports By The Numbers (USL)


Last season a Caribbean player finished as the leading goal scorer in the USL. This season, another Jamaican is tied at the top with the home stretch of the regular season approaching.

So far this season, Jamaican Neco Brett has notched 13 goals (In 21 games) in his first season with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. The former Harbour View and Portmore United striker is following in the footsteps laid last season by compatriot Dane Kelly, who won the Golden Boot after scoring 18 goals in 28 games.

Another Jamaican Romario Williams’ also finished in the top 5 (4th – 15 goals).

This is by far Brett’s best tally since being chosen with the 40th overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft and spending two years with USL affiliate Timbers 2.

Brett accounts for almost half of the Riverhounds’ 28 goals, scoring on close to 50% of his total 27 shots on target so far in the campaign.

The 26 year old is the point man of a team built on a rock-solid defense, ably assisted by fellow Jamaican Kenardo Forbes, who has 7 assists so far this season.

The Riverhounds lead the league with 14 clean sheets while conceding a league-low 11 goals. They currently stand 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the team standings, a major improvement on the 13th place finish in 2017.

Another Caribbean player, Ataullah Guerra (Trinidad & Tobago) is contributing heavily to the Charleston Battery’s cause with 12 goals and 2 assists in his 23 appearances so far this season.

Guerra will be hoping he can keep up his form with 8 games to go as his goals will be crucial if the Battery is to overtake Brett’s Riverhounds, who have two games in hand.

Further down the goal scoring chart are Reno 1868 FC’s Brian Brown, another Jamaican, on a team-leading 9 goals and Trinidad & Tobago’s Cordell Cato who leads Charlotte Independence with 8 goals.

As the race for the playoffs heats up and teams jostle for positions these players will be decisive in where their respective team finishes in the USL standings at the end of the regular season.

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