Gambian striker Kekuta Manneh scored Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s first-ever hat-trick in Major League Soccer en route to a historic 4-1 victory over Seattle Sounders on Wednesday evening at CenturyLink Field.
Making just his fourth start this season, the 18-year-old Gambian scored twice in the first half and added an insurance marker in the 59th minute, becoming the youngest player in MLS history to score three goals in one match.
The former Steve Biko forward opened his account for the night on 12 minutes, sliding a left-footed effort underneath the on-rushing Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning.
The much anticipated start to life in England by four-time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o did not go according to plan as his club Chelsea lost 1:0 at Everton in a league game on Saturday.
Eto'o played the entire duration of the game, but failed to find the back of the net on a day the Blues needed to score.
The former Barcelona and Inter Milan star had a few half chances to open his account, the closest coming in the fifth minute when he headed off target from close range.
However the 32-year-old got into the thick of things quickly, showing confidence and his undeniable class, though he looked like he would still need some matches to reach his lofty levels.
Arouna Kone helped Wigan Athletic to a historic English FA Cup triumph on Saturday after they edged compatriot Yaya Toure's Manchester City 1:0 in the final.
Wigan's determination to lift the crown for the first time in their history was helped by the sending off of Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta in the 84th minute.
Kone and Yaya played every moment of the thrilling game which was decided in the 91st minute when substitute Ben Watson headed home from a corner kick.
Toure came close to scoring early on, but his shot was turned away by Spain's U-21 star Joel Robles who was in goal for Wigan.
Martins celebrates with teammates
Nigeria star Obafemi Martins was the hero for the Seattle Sounders as they won their first game of the US Major League Soccer season, beating Colorado Rapids 1:0 on the road on Saturday.
The veteran striker had been expected to start on the bench after only recovering from injury, but was handed a starting place after team-mate Eddie Johnson picked up a problem in training on Friday.
Profiting from a rebound of team-mate Shalrie Joseph's shot, the former Inter Milan poacher made room for himself with a touch before beating Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin, and celebrating his what was also his first goal for the club with his trademark backflip.