The Gold secured a crucial 24-20 win against the Houston SaberCats to put the team in playoff position halfway through the inaugural season.
After a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair in the opening 40 minutes, it was NOLA’s gritty defensive effort in the second half that ultimately sealed the win. A high tackle in the 54th minute from Houston’s Zach Pangelinan resulted in his second yellow card of the match, forcing the SaberCats to play man down. NOLA wasted no time capitalizing with a Taylor Howden kick to give the Gold a 24-17 lead. That was all the home side needed to improve to 2-2.
For more news and notes from Week 5, visit usmlr.com.
Team of the Week: Seattle Seawolves
Player of the Week: Phil Mack
Team of the Week: San Diego Legion
Player of the Week: Zach Fenoglio
Team of the Week: Austin Elite
Player of the Week: Anthony Salaber
Team of the Week: Glendale Raptors
Player of the Week: Marcus Walsh
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