After scoring his first MLS goal last weekend, the promising forward is in line to earn a third straight start against the Colorado Rapids.
While LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane looks set to miss his fourth consecutive game on Saturday night when the Colorado Rapids visit the StubHub Center, head coach Bruce Arena shouldn't be too concerned about their chances of getting a result.
That’s not due to the opposition's strength, or lack thereof, but more because the reigning MLS Cup champions have a new attacking weapon to deputise for their injured skipper, in the form of Homegrown forward Bradford Jamieson IV.
Aged just 18, the emerging speedster’s second top-flight start last weekend saw him announce himself on the MLS stage in comprehensive fashion, scoring a ninth-minute opener in a 1-1 draw at the undefeated New York Red Bulls to underline his potential.
The goal was no tap in either, as the US Under-20 international slalomed through the home side’s defence, wrong-footing right-back Chris Duvall in the process, before firing a left-footed shot inside the far post.
It was a move which Jamieson claimed he had learnt from watching Keane for countless hours on the training ground and, with the Irishman still struggling with a groin problem, he should get another chance to show what he’s picked up from his mentor against Colorado.
Arena has taken a cautious approach to his star prospect’s development in the past, limiting him to just two cameos for a total of 23 minutes during his debut season, but, after two straight starts in recent weeks, the ex-US national team boss now seems to have no reservations about handing him a leading role.
In line to partner tall front man Alan Gordon up top, another impressive performance in the Rapids clash will no doubt see excitement surrounding the LA-native’s potential reach feverish levels but, given what he’s showcased so far during his short career, it might well be warranted.