Jamal Thiaré is still having a good time.

In Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Chicago Fire, the Atlanta United striker scored two goals. For the first time in his career, Thiaré was included on the weekly list of the league on Monday thanks to his performance, which also earned him a berth on the MLS Team of the Matchday.

Not only were Thiaré’s first MLS career goals celebrated by Matchday. It was particularly noteworthy because the striker turned 31 on March 31.

Not long after Thiaré entered the game, he scored the first of his two goals. With his team leading 1-0 into the last 25 minutes of action, Pineda substituted Thiaré for Giorgos Giakoumakis, Atlanta’s other goal scorer for the day. Just before halftime, Giakoumakis opened the score with a close-range toe-poke that put him second all-time in Atlanta United regular season scoring history.

When Thiaré entered the game as a substitute in the 64th minute, he made the most of his first touch on the ball. He easily doubled Atlanta United’s lead with a header off a precise cross from Brooks Lennon.

“I trust myself. I’m confident in myself, and I know the coach trusts me as well and so do my teammates,” Thiaré said.
It looked like the home team would ride the wave toward a 2-0 victory with Atlanta United comfortably two goals ahead, dominating in shots, predicted goals, and possession, and Chicago Fire down a man following Carlos Teran’s red card in the 84th minute.

However, Thiaré wasn’t finished yet.

The Senegalese forward cleared a rebound after Thiago Almada’s attempt struck the crossbar in second-half stoppage time. Thiaré dribbled past a defender for his second goal and fired in a driving effort.

Thiaré has never before received the league’s weekly award, and this is the third time in the last five weeks that a striker from Atlanta United has made the list. Giakoumakis was previously chosen to the MLS Team of the Matchday twice, following his goals in Atlanta’s victories over Orlando City and New England.

Interestingly, these two strikers—one who started the game and the other who came off the bench—accounted for all three of Atlanta’s goals in their victory over Chicago on Sunday.

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