The North Texas SC coach has showered praise on Ghanaian youngster Hope Avayewu.
The 20-year-old striker scored the winner as North Texas beat LAFC II in the MLS Next Pro season opener.
Avayewu slotted home from a Bernard Kamungo cross in the ninth minute.
“We can highlight the effort from Hope (Avayevu). Hope’s an extraordinary player and he gave us the first goal. He finished the second half and maintained the team’s energy,” he said after the game, as quoted by the club’s website.
“He’s a silent leader and I’m very happy with his performance today. The game was getting a little bit crazy and we thought we needed to take him out because he had a yellow card. Other than that, he had an extraordinary game.”
The Ghanaian attacker enjoyed a decent season last year, scoring five goals in providing nine assists in 23 matches.
He joined the feeder club of Dallas FC in 2021 and has since been an integral part of coach Javier Cano’s side.