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Thiaw, Smith score as Team Nemeziz caps MLS Player Combine 2-1 over Team Tango

(Aileen Perilla/Pro Soccer USA)

Goals from Mohamed Thiaw and Graham Smith lifted Team Nemeziz to a 2-1 victory over Team Tango to close out the MLS Player Combine Wednesday at Orlando City Stadium.

“We progressively got better throughout the game,” said Mason Toye, who recorded an assist for Nemeziz. “In the second half, the next group of guys that came in did a good job and created a couple chances, which eventually led to the other goal. We were one point away from winning the whole thing, so that’s a little disappointing. But from a team standpoint, we did well this week. We adapted and gained some chemistry.”

Harry Cooksley of St. John’s University gave Team Tango the lead in the 17th minute after beating off a defender and striking the ball from outside the box into the lower left corner of the net.

Nemeziz equalized in the 40th minute when a corner kick from Toye connected with Smith, who angled a header past Tango goalkeeper Eric Dick. It was Toye’s second assist of the Combine. 

After getting taken down in the box by Brandon Bye, Thiaw (Louisville) converted the ensuing penalty kick for the go-ahead goal in the 52nd minute.

The match marked the end of the 2018 MLS Player Combine, and now focus shifts to the MLS SuperDraft. The annual event kicks off at 11 a.m. in Philadelphia. Expansion side Los Angeles FC has the No. 1 pick.

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