LA Galaxy midfielder Riqui Puig has been named to the MLS Team of the Matchday presented by Audi for week 9. Puig, an academy product of Spanish titans FC Barcelona, notched 1g/1a in LA’s 2-0 win over fellow Western Conference strugglers Austin FC. That result served as the Galaxy’s first victory of the 2023 campaign, and the Landon Donovan MLS MVP-potential midfielder constantly drove attacks forward.
Team of the Matchday (3-4-3, left to right): Roman Bürki (STL) - Álvaro Barreal (CIN), Donovan Pines (DC), Daniel Steres (HOU) - Andrés Gómez (RSL), Mathieu Choiniere (MTL), João Paulo (SEA), Riqui Puig (LA) - Giacomo Vrioni (NE), Mikael Uhre (PHI), Santiago Rodríguez (NYC)
Coach: Wayne Rooney (DC)
Bench: Luis Barraza (NYC), Kai Wagner (PHI), Brooks Lennon (ATL), Bryan Acosta (COL), Jonathan Osorio (TOR), Karol Swiderski (CLT), Sergio Santos (CIN), Christian Benteke (DC), Dénis Bouanga (LAFC)
GOAL: Riqui Puig scores to put the LA Galaxy up 2 goals on Austin FC