Saturday's win against the Swope Park Rangers hosted many firsts for some Saint Louis FC players. Irvin Herrera, Chad Bond and Schillo Tshuma are new to St. Louis this season and scored their first goal with the club during the game.
Schillo Tshuma scored the first goal of the night in the 11th minute to help Saint Louis FC set the tone. Tshuma, the first year man and former first round MLS Superdraft pick, believes this goal will give him more confidence going into the rest of the season and was happy to entertain the fans.
"The fans since I've been here have been amazing, even for preseason games." said Tshuma. "If you're watching the games you want to see goals and we got three today. I hope it made everyone's Saturday a good one here in St. Louis."
Chad Bond scored the second goal of the night when he connected on a free kick right before the half. Bond joined Saint Louis FC after playing with the Tulsa Roughnecks in 2015.
"To be honest I wasn't going to take it." said Bond. "Musa stepped up and I saw him and he mouthed 'do you want to take this?' so I said 'Yeah, I'll have a look'. I turned and didn't think about it, maybe that's the best thing to do. It was nice to see it go in."
The third and final goal of the night came from Irvin Herrera. The Salvadoran international admitted to feeling pressure to score his first goal with the club and is eager to see more goals in the future.
"I needed to score a goal. It's been a couple of games that I haven't scored since that Indy Eleven friendly game." said Herrera. "Coming off an injury, it's really depressing for a forward. I just needed to get this to break the ice. Now I just hope there is plenty more coming. "
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