Caleb Wiley’s first goal of the season was definitely well-executed.

The second goal in Atlanta United’s 2-2 draw with Phinion was scored by the fullback. The league declared on Monday afternoon that the strike had placed the Atlanta United Homegrown on the MLS Team of the Matchday. Wiley is ranked second all-time in the 19-year-old’s career and on the league’s weekly list of greatest performances for the first time this season.

In the sixty-third minute of Sunday’s game, the goal was scored. Atlanta United was working the ball in their attacking third, leading by one goal. A few Philadelphia defenders turned to watch midfielder Edwin Mosquera dribble toward the box. Then, he made a ball behind him to Wiley, who was advancing into the attack from his fullback position.

Wiley completed the task. The 19-year-old launched himself forward with a single dribble into space before using his left foot to launch a rocket from around 30 yards away. After taking one bounce, the shot soared into the net’s rear.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium erupted in cheers for their hometown hero following the golazo.

“I saw the chance to take my shot, take the opportunity to hit it. And it went in the back of the net which was a nice feeling,” Wiley stated.

After the game, Wiley told reporters in the locker room that he is “not used to scoring those” kinds of long-range shots. However, the fullback has scored goals throughout his career. Earlier this year, he broke the record for the most starts by an Atlanta United Homegrown. Wiley finished sixth in the MLS on Sunday. Memorably, he scored his first goal on his debut in a 3-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City in 2022. In 2023, he added four more goals.

Wiley played the entire ninety minutes of the game on Sunday. Wiley was awarded the Golden Spike of Excellence for his extraordinary strike and hard work. The fullback hammered home the award in front of Atlanta’s boisterous fans following the game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

For the first time, an Atlanta United player other than a striker has represented the team on MLS Team of the Matchday, which is in its fourth week of 2024. After his birthday brace, Giorgos Giakoumakis made two appearances, with Jamal Thiaré holding the title.


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