Brenner scores 3 to beat D.C United, putting Cincinnati in MLS playoffs for first time
NEW YORK (AP) — Jurgen Klinsmann has turned out more than his fair share of players who can score, including two who scored in the United States’ first game in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in the United States.
Now he’s got a pair of strikers with the tools to get him to the next round.
Cincinnati midfielder and captain Tyler Nsoulou is out with a hip injury, but his former NSC Olimpija teammate and national team teammate, Joe Bryan, scored against D.C. United on Sunday afternoon. Bryan scored six minutes into his team’s second goal in the 62nd minute in the MLS Cup final, giving Cincinnati its first playoff appearance since 1996.
Bryan has found the back of the net in his previous three playoff games, and none of those were against D.C. United, or anyone else for that matter. He scored against Toronto FC in the MLS Cup final last year and against Chicago in the Western Conference semifinals last 2014.
“I just kind of did what I always do. I get after it right away,” Bryan said when asked what inspired him to score the second goal against D.C. United on Sunday. “I always score goals. You never really know when you get in a game or how it’s going to turn out.
“I just kind of did what I always do. I said to my teammates, ‘Stay up front and get us in behind. We’ve got to get ourselves in behind of them.’ We did that, we had a good shift. They never really got the ball back, which was good.”
Nsoulou was sent off in the 66th minute for an elbow to the head of D.C. United defender Victor Bernardez, and he didn’t return. He was replaced by defender Kyle Smith, who scored the only goal for Cincinnati in the game.
“It’s still a day-to-day type situation,” coach John Harkes said of Nsoulou’s injury. “It’s just a day-to-day thing and