Editorial (April 13, 2017) – After Wednesday night’s win against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Saint Louis FC sit on top of the USL Eastern Conference. They are unbeaten this season with three wins and a draw. Striker Christian Volesky has scored three goals this season. He’s getting the job done and playing line a dominant No. 9.
Striker Christian Volesky Is Killing It For Saint Louis FC
First off, fans and pundits knew that Volesky was talented. He was a part of the 2015 USL Champion Rochester Rhinos. He was tied for the most goals on the team that year with eight. He then had a stints with Sporting Kansas City in MLS that didn’t work out.
Volesky has a goal in each of the last three games. Let’s do some film break down. He had a great first touch against Ottawa Fury FC to open his account. Milan Petosevic made a good pass to split the defense. Volesky directed the ball into the open space, got around his mark, and blasted one home. It was a great individual play.
Against New York Red Bulls II he scored a poacher’s goal in the third minute. The ball was served into the box and looked rather harmless. He was just able to to muscle the ball off the opponent and take advantage of the mistake by the defense.
The 24-year-old Nevada native scored the game winner against Pittsburgh last game. Saint Louis was cycling the ball around in the final third. Wes Charpie played a ball into the box on the ground. Volesky split the center backs and deflected the ball into the goal.
Volesky displayed his speed, first touch, and finishing on each of these plays. Still, each of these plays was a bit different. He isn’t scoring them all the same way. These aren’t all thumping headers on set pieces. He isn’t a striker who gets most of his goals from PKs. His scoring plays show what he’s capable of. It also shows that Saint Louis FC are capable of scoring in different ways. They can build up to goals with possession. They can score on the counter.
It’s still really really early in the season, but this is a very different Saint Louis FC team. Volesky is a big part of that. He’ll need to keep scoring if this team is going to make the playoffs.