Brad Smith scored his first goal in over five years on a man of match performance for Seattle Sounders, while Jackson Irvine broke his duck for Hibernian in a Cup Epic!
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Blacksmith broke a barren run in front of goal that lasted over five years when he scored the Sounders equalizer in a 1-1 draw with LAFC on Saturday.
The Socceroos defender headed in from close range after Raul Ruidiaz’s header was originally parried and got in the way of the storming Smith.
The drought goal in the 54th minute was his first goal since January 2016, when he was on the report sheet in the FA Cup tie for Liverpool.
Just the second goal of his professional career, Smith believed his team’s new formation allowed him to move further up to score a goal and he also touched on his desire to add more goals to his repertoire in his post-game interview to expand.
“It’s been a while,” Smith told the Seattle Sounders website.
“From where I used to play as a left-back, I generally try to find the strikers on the crosses.
“This position gives me more freedom to move forward and Nouhou [Tolo] is my guard at the back, so I have the freedom to move forward and put myself in positions I couldn’t as a left-back. “
“Hopefully I can add a lot more to that.”
In Scotland, our two Hibernian Socceroos played an important role as their team reached the final four of the Scottish Cup.
Jackson Irvine scored his first Hibs goal to double his lead in less than ten minutes. A couple of late goals from Motherwell, however, put the game into overtime – and on penalties.
Martin Boyle held the nerve to score the first penalty when Hibernian beat the shootout 4-2.
In Denmark, But Mabil supported FC Mitdjylland fourth in a 4-1 win over FC Kobenhavn, ensuring that his side would stay one point ahead of the table with a game against closest rivals Brondby.
Three days later, AGF Aarhus would face the same opposition that the Australian U-23s faced Zach Duncan made his long-awaited return to the senior team with a late cameo in a 2-1 loss.
On the way to championship where Harry Souttar returned to the starting grid for Stoke City after serving his red card suspension.
He played the full game in the heart of the defense when they faced a 1-1 stalemate at Nottingham Forest.
Meanwhile, Riley McGree started and played 53 minutes for Birmingham City as they confirmed their survival thanks to their 2-1 win over Derby County.
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In the Bundesliga Ajdin Hrustic was an unused replacement for Eintracht Frankfurt when they suffered a 3-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Aziz Behich played the full game for Kayserispor when they lost 3-1 to leaders Besiktas in the Turkish SuperLig.
In the first division Bailey Wright Sunderland put in a full shift when they scored a point in their 3-3 thriller against Accrington Stanley.
With some of the points, the Black Cats stay in third place, three games remain in the regular season.
It was a disappointing getaway for now Kenny DougallBlackpool when they lost 1-0 at home to Shrewsbury.
These are now two defeats for the Seafarers, whose playoff spot is at risk with Portsmouth and Charlton waiting in the wings below them.
Brandon Borrello started and played 57 minutes for Fortuna Düsseldorf when they were beaten 2-1 in the 2nd Bundesliga in Paderborn.