Former Scotland international Johnny Russell made history last night for MLS side Sporting Kansas City – becoming the joint highest scoring Scot in the history of the league.

Russell bagged a brace in Sporting KC’s win over LA Galaxy to take him to 38 regular season goals for the Western Conference side, one ahead of the 37 scored by John Spencer – with Russell also having a single strike in 2020’s MLS is BACK tournament while Spencer has two Playoff goals to his name.

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That leaves them tied on 39 each across MLS and Russell will be hoping he can break his Playoff duck when SKC get their tilt at lifting the MLS Cup underway in the Conference semi-finals.

Russell’s fantastic recent form has seen the striker hit the net in Kansas City’s last eight games, scoring ten times and he grabbed his first goal last night after 40 minutes, firing beyong Jonathan Bond after beating an LA defender.

His second came eight minutes from the end, sending a sublime curving effort to the top corner and beyond the outstretched arm of a diving Bond.

The win over LA Galaxy helped Sporting KC secure top spot and the number one seed in the Playoff semi-finals, pipping Seattle Sounders on goal difference – although SKC played one game fewer as a result of Covid.

Russell will get his chance to go out in front of Spencer when Sporting KC kick off their MLS Cup Playoff campaign next month – with the first round scheduled to start on November 19.

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