Koevermans' goal streak reaches five games

As Toronto FC battled to a fifth straight unbeaten game in Dallas on Wednesday night, striker Danny Koevermans extended his goal streak accordingly.
It's no coincidence that Toronto FC's unbeaten run of five matches equals Danny Koevermans' current goal scoring streak.

The Reds fought the Texas heat and a poor start to grab a point on Wednesday night, sharing a 1-1 result with host FC Dallas. Toronto's goal came courtesy of Koevermans, who has suddenly become the hottest striker in Major League Soccer.

"If you call it a hot streak, scoring in five straight games, then I hope I can do it in six and make it a hotter streak," Koevermans said after the match. "Of course, it feels good. Especially on the road, it's so difficult to get some points on the road in this league. Every point we can take on the road, we're happy."

The Dutchman has found new ways to score in recent weeks, using everything from simple tap-ins to driving headers in order to get the ball in the back of the net. Wednesday night was no different, as Koevermans deftly re-directed an Eric Avila shot from close range past Dallas 'keeper Kevin Hartman.

"Eric put the ball in and Hartman thought he was going to grab it, but I put my little toe against the ball and it went in the net," the designated player explained. "It was perfect. It doesn't matter how you score. If you can put your feet, your head or your nose on the ball and in the net, it's a goal.

"I don't mind how I score or how the team scores, as long as we score it's fine with me."

TFC head coach Paul Mariner, who has guided the side to a 1-1-4 (W-L-D) record since assuming command of the team earlier this month, echoed his star striker's sentiments, saying that he'll take goals from Koevermans in any form.

"He's got a ridiculous eye for goal and a knack for getting on the end of things," Mariner said of Koevermans. "You can see the work he does on the ball and off the ball. He's a special player. He's a goalscorer. With a lot of young players, they try and smash it into the back of the net, but Danny just guides it over the line. That's a goalscorer.

"It doesn't matter if the net bulges, it just matters if you can get it over the line."

Since joining the league a year ago, Koevermans has tallied 17 times in just 23 MLS appearances. So far this season, he has notched nine goals, putting him in a three-way tie for third on the league goalscoring chart.