The emerging forward bagged his first top-flight goal in the weekend's 1-1 draw at the New York Red Bulls, with some help from the absent but influential ex-Tottenham Hotspur star.
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane was not on the pitch when Bradford Jamieson IV opened the scoring in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at the New York Red Bulls, but the 18-year-old forward has told MLSsoccer.com how his injured teammate was still crucial to helping him bag his first MLS goal.
After impressing on his full debut last weekend, Jamieson earned his second consecutive MLS start for the trip to Red Bull Arena and made his impact felt within the opening nine minutes of the match.
Collecting a diagonal ball from Stefan Ishizaki, the US Under-20 international made a slaloming run through the New York defence, wrong-footing opposition right-back Chris Duvall in the process, before firing a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Luis Robles inside the far post.
It was a spectacular move and finish to mark the teenager’s arrival on the MLS stage and one which he claimed he had picked up from fellow front man Keane, who Jamieson was starting over on the night while the Irishman deals with a nagging groin problem.
“It was sweet,” he told website reporter Scott French after the match. “Obviously, that was kind of like something that I watched when we play with Robbie in practice, a lot of things like that. That cut is kind of identical to what he's doing in training.”
Signed to a Homegrown deal ahead of the 2014 season, Jamieson made just two cameos for a total of 23 minutes during his debut campaign but did provide Keane with an assist on his first appearance to underline his enormous potential.
In addition, the academy product played a large part in LA Galaxy II’s inaugural season, scoring six times in 19 games for the third-tier-based reserve team, en route to being named a finalist for the 2014 USL Rookie of the Year award.
Hailed as one of the most exciting prospects in MLS, the LA-native is now expected to fill a bigger role with Bruce Arena’s side this term and his promise has not unnoticed with Keane either, as the skipper’s comments to the club’s official website during preseason made clear.
“[Jamieson] got to keep his head up and once he learns to do that, as we saw last year with Gyasi [Zardes], the quicker that the younger lads learn then the better that they’re going to be, and the more opportunities that they’re going to have for the team,” the league’s reigning MVP said in March.
“Sometimes he just needs to pick up his head a little bit more and see what his options are. Once he does that, he’ll be a big player for this team because he’s got all the ability in the world.”
Judging from his performance against the Red Bulls, Jamieson has been taking in Keane's advice over recent weeks and, with a trip to this summer’s Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand ahead, he could be about to showcase what he’s learnt from his mentor to the wider footballing world.