Aug 29, 2017

By Neal Malone ( August 23, 2017

With games running from March to November, NASL players have plenty of opportunities to prove themselves and show their coaches why they deserve minutes. As is the case in sports, player performance can often ebb and flow – hot streaks, slumps, and all.

Thus far in the NASL Fall Season, there is a group of players that is emerging as the class of the league through the first four weeks. Many of the players got off to slow starts in 2017, seeing their Spring Season performances hampered by injuries, depth-chart issues, or inconsistent play.

But in August, these players have either returned to the form that is expected of them or they have started to make a name for themselves. Here are 10 players whose Fall Season play is turning heads across the league:

Conor Doyle, forward, Puerto Rico FC – Brought in before the season to provide an attacking spark, Doyle has played consistent minutes all year long for Puerto Rico. In the Spring Season, however, the former Derby County FC forward managed just two goals in 16 appearances. Things have changed in the Fall Season, though. Doyle has scored a goal in three of his last four games, including the game-winner against Jacksonville on August 5. The Texas native’s goalscoring run has helped the Caribbean side get off to an undefeated start to the Fall campaign.

Giuseppe Gentile, forward, Puerto Rico FC – Puerto Rico is Gentile’s fourth NASL club, and wherever the Miami native has gone, he has shown flashes of brilliance. Consistent minutes have been hard to come by for Gentile over the course of his career, and he’s finally getting them in Puerto Rico under head coach Marco Vélez. The speedy forward has racked up his goals and assists in batches this year, and the latest streak has come at the outset of the Fall Season. In his last four games, he has tallied a goal and two assists, with the highlight being his game-winner in a 2-1 triumph over Jacksonville on August 16.

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