The Incredible Chelsea Loanee Who Made 9-Saves & Kept Clean Sheet In A Single Match – Should Club Recall
Stop-stoppers being the gatekeepers of every team, such a narrative was made clear in the USA Major League Soccer as Chelsea loanee Gabriel Slonina’s heroic display saves his club from losing.
The 18-year-old USMNT star who was signed for €9.1m during the summer transfer window but was allowed to stay at his childhood club Chicago Fire until the end of the season exhibited grand goalkeeping skills as they drew against heavy-weight Columbus Crew who were bookmakers’ favourite before the match.
Slonina, who made his sixth appearance on Saturday night, made 9 incredible saves of which 4 were from inside the box including 2 clearances, and a clean sheet- his second this term.
Gabriel Slonina’s statistics against Columbus Crew
1 successful runs out
1 won ground duels
With such a solid goalkeeping display, the young starlet earned the highest ratings of 9.5 more than any other stopper this week and emerged “Player of the Match”.