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A pair of former League of Ireland players have made the grade in America this week

Eamon Zayed’s dramatic brace didn’t go unnoticed while an ex-Sligo Rovers player also came in for utmost praise.

THERE’S QUITE THE Irish influence in the North American Soccer League (NASL) these days.

Former Sligo Rovers midfielder Richie Ryan is captain of the Jacksonville Armada while Colin Falvey is the skipper at Indy Eleven, where Eamon Zayed is a team-mate.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland international Jonny Steele is with the Ottawa Fury in Canada.

Zayed grabbed all the headlines last weekend as he scored twice in the dying moments to give Indy a dramatic come-from-behind win against reigning champions New York Cosmos.

Elsewhere, Ryan’s Armada managed to win their home opener against Miami FC – managed by legendary Italian defender Alessandro Nesta – thanks to a winner from Pascal Millien – another ex-Sligo player.

Both Zayed and Millien’s performances were good enough for both to make the NASL Team of the Week.

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