New England Revolution sporting director and head coach Bruce Arena praised Antonio Delamea after their win over Houston Dynamo on Sunday.
The central defender found the back during New England's 2-1 victory over Dynamo in a Major League Soccer (MLS) match.
Delamea started just his second game in the past three months after dealing with an injury, and scored his first goal of the 2019 campaign with a powerful header shortly after the halftime break to begin the Revolution's comeback.
When Delamea's header hit the back of the net, it was a huge boost for the team, as he found a much-needed equalizer that set the tone for the second-half.
“I know he hasn’t played a whole lot, but he’s been good in training,” Arena told the club website.
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“He’s a very good professional. At some point we wanted to see him play and move him along in training.
“Since I’ve been here, he hasn’t missed a training session, has played well," he added.
"And at some point we were going to give him a chance and I thought he did very well tonight.”
New England are placed ninth on the MLS Eastern Conference standings - three points behind seventh-placed Toronto FC.