TAMPA – It’s Brandon Allen’s world, and we’re just living in it.
With two goals and an assist in two games this past week, Nashville SC forward has been named the USL Player of the Week for Week 12. Allen secured 53% of the vote held by the independent media panel.
Since coming to Nashville, Allen has jumpstarted the club’s attack with three goals across all competitions, including two key USL goals in the team’s two wins last week. On Wednesday against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, Allen found himself open on the back post when a corner kick bounced around the box and somehow found its way to his foot. He promptly put the ball in the net for his first USL goal with Nashville.
He got himself back in the goal column on Saturday night against Penn FC in front of the home fans. Fellow Nashville newcomer Ish Jome laid a picture-perfect cross into the box and Allen left no doubt with a one-touch goal, beneath the leg of the keeper, to give Nashville the lead in the first half. He later added an assist on Moloto’s highlight-reel strike in the second half.
Allen was brought to Nashville on a transfer from Bethlehem Steel FC on May 22, and has seven shots on target and four goals in six total USL starts on the season between Bethlehem and Nashville.
“His record tells us that he will convert, he’ll be in the right place, he senses where the ball might bounce and how he can score and to be perfectly honest, that’s a quality that I’m not sure any coach can offer a forward,” Nashville SC coach Gary Smith said. “A goal scorer in brackets, he’s an individual, as we’ve seen throughout history, who does things, who’s able to sense things that others don’t.”
While Allen has been as advertised in his goal-scoring prowess, his assist on Lebo Moloto’s highlight reel goal on Saturday night was just as impressive. The pair connected during a magical passing sequence before Moloto sent a screamer off the crossbar and in for what would become the match-winning goal. It caught the attention of SportsCenter, making it to the third spot on the nightly Top 10 plays.
“They’re intelligent soccer players,” Smith said of Moloto and Allen. “It’s a bit of a language in itself. They both move the ball and play in a fashion that speaks. They have a synergy that has come together quickly. For us, it can only be good.”
Nashville SC gets back in action on Wednesday in the U.S. Open Cup against the MLS’ Colorado Rapids. Their next USL home game at First Tennessee Park is on Saturday, June 16th against North Carolina FC at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at NashvilleSC.com/tickets.