LA Galaxy winger Emmanuel Boateng made 17 starts last season under then-head coach Bruce Arena, but was not a mainstay in the lineup. To begin the 2017 MLS season, he has appeared in all five games with three starts and making the most of his chances.
Another outstanding performance from the speedy winger inspired the Galaxy to a bounce back with a 2-0 win at StubHub Center. He got the team started by setting up Romain Alessandrini for the first goal, his third in the last two games. Boateng earned his team-leading second assist of the season and rightfully earned kudos from head coach Curt Onalfo according to Larry Morgan of LA Galaxy:
“He’s just a really talented player,” he said of the 5-foot-6, 150-pounder. “People know him for his speed, which is world-class, but for me he’s a really intelligent person.
“He gets better each day with information we give him. He’s able to apply things and continue to get better. I feel he’s developed really nicely from day one in preseason.
“Every time the ball was on that side of the field, “Onalfo continued, “you feel you’re going to get some sort of chance.”
Boateng was in attack mode from the get-go, creating numerous opportunities on the left flank for Los Angeles. The Montreal Impact defense could not contain the 24-year-old’s runs and inviting crosses. Despite his good form, he will not get complacent:
“I feel I still haven’t won a starting spot yet, so every game I just come out trying to impress and help us get a win,” he said. ” I’m not comfortable yet.
“I’m just going to keep playing hard and try to get better every day.”
With Sebastian Lletget on the shelf, Boateng is filling in nicely, wreaking havoc on the wings with Alessandrini who is equally off to a hot start. The Frenchman set up the Ghanaian’s only goal against Real Salt Lake before the international break.
After the win against the Impact, the Galaxy travel to face Orlando City.