Freddy Adu came off the bench at half-time to make an immediate impact for Philadelphia Union on Sunday night.
The USA international made a vital interception on Chivas USAâ€™s Eddie Gaven in midfield to set up Justin Mapp for the opener and although Juan Pablo Angel later leveled for the Goats in the 1-1 draw, Adu was happy to contribute as a sub.
â€śIt was a tough game to come into,â€ť Adu said. â€śWhen you come in at half time and the score is 0-0 and battling for points, itâ€™s a tough game.
â€śYou got work both ways, you got to try your best to help the team going forward and defending. You always have to be tuned in.
â€śOne of the things the coaches have been talking about is putting pressure on the ball and I was able to step in and do that.â€ť
The draw allowed the Union to move into second place on the Eastern Conference table with just three regular season matches remaining.