The 29-year-old Iraq international was one of the best players on the field in the Orlando City’s first match of the 2018 Major League Soccer season against D.C. United.
With an amazing display on the offensive side, Meram demonstrated what he can do throughout the campaign.
In relation to his position on the pitch, the former Columbus Crew footballer played on the front accompanying the 2018 SuperDraft pick Chris Mueller who was situated as a striker. Meram, as a secondary forward, dropped a few meters inside the midfield to receive more balls and create alongside Johnson and Yotún. In addition, he collaborated in both right and left midfield to increase the Lion’s sharpness while sending crosses to the box.
Without Sacha Kljestan and Josué Colmán on the roster, Meram obtained the responsibility of creating the Lions’ chances on the offensive not only with vertical passes or calculated changes of rhythm, but with continuous shots from outside the box since the D.C. United’s area was well defended.
While time passed, his influence on the match increased to a point where he was an uncontainable danger for the visitors who only could mark him with at least two players -which was plausible due to the extra man they had-, making him to retreat a couple of meters. However, at the game’s climax, Meram managed to make a key pass for Jonathan Spector that led to Pinho’s glorious equalizer.
In his first game as a Lion, Meram left a great impression to the Orlando City’s fans and MLS enthusiasts, who can’t wait till next Saturday to watch him play against Minnesota United at the Orlando City Stadium.
On the other hand, it’s only matter of time till Orlando City can start a match with an offensive constituted by Dom Dwyer, Sacha Kljestan, Justin Meram and Josué Colmán, which, on paper, it’s the most dangerous the Lion’s frontline can get.