Jamal Thiaré of Atlanta United is celebrating his birthday. He scored in the first minute of the team’s home game against the Chicago Fire after coming on as a substitute, and he added another goal in stoppage time in the second half to give himself a birthday brace.

The opening goal came in the 65th minute, just after Thiaré took the place of Atlanta United’s other goal scorer for the day, Giorgos Giakoumakis. Brooks Lennon connected with Saba Lobjanidze before launching a first-touch cross from the right wing in the direction of the far post. Thiaré was perfectly positioned to head home the cross for his first touch of the game and his first goal in Major League Soccer.

In stoppage time in the second half, Thiaré made it a brace. Thiago Almada struck hard and the post was struck, but Thiaré was quick to seize the opportunity. He finished it off and picked up the loose ball to give his squad a 3-0 victory and make his birthday one to remember.

After Almada slid him a lovely pass inside the box in the 89th minute, the striker came dangerously close to tying the score. Although Thiaré put the ball in the net, offside prevented the goal from being declared.

The native of Senegal came to Atlanta in August of last year. He appeared in seven games overall in the Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs and the MLS regular season the previous year.

During the preseason, Thiaré scored twice, including the game-winning goal in the friendly match between the University of Georgia and Memphis 901 FC. The striker’s first goal of the regular season reminded everyone of the fantastic team goal he scored for Atlanta in the preseason friendly against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Thiaré converted that finish with a header as well.

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