2023 Season

Nkosi Tafari Named to MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Matchday Following Win over Austin FC


FRISCO, Texas (August 28, 2023) – FC Dallas defender Nkosi Tafari has been named to MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Matchday presented by Audi for Matchday 28 after scoring the game-winning goal to give FC Dallas a win against Austin FC on Saturday night. This is Tafari’s second Team of the Matchday appearance this season after being honored for Matchday 15. 

Tafari, 26, scored his third goal and first game-winning goal of the season for FC Dallas. Defensively, Tafari recorded three clearances, an interception, nullifying the Austin FC offense to only two shots on target. Tafari scored his first goal of the 2023 season against LAFC on March 25. Tafari also earned FC Dallas a crucial point against the San Jose Earthquakes on May 28 after scoring the equalizer in the 94th minute of the match. 

This is the seventh time in 2023 an FC Dallas player has earned MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Matchday honors.

Nkosi Tafari – Week 15, Week 28
Marco Farfan – Week 8
Jesús Ferreira – Week 2, Week 7 (bench)
Sebastien Ibeagha – Week 3 (bench)
Maarten Paes – Week 4
Paxton Pomykal – Week 2 (bench) 

MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Matchday 28 Team
F: Johnny Russell (SKC), Brian White (VAN), Facundo Torres (ORL)
M: Ryan Gauld (VAN), Thiago Almada (ATL), Luciano Acosta (CIN), Diego Gómez (MIA)
D: Nkosi Tafari (DAL), George Campbell (MTL), Miles Robinson (ATL)
Tim Melia (SKC)

Coach: Tata Martino (MIA)

Bench: Roman Celentano (CIN), Jakob Glesnes (PHI), Julian Gressel (CLB), Nemanja Radoja (SKC), Ashley Westwood (CLT), Aliyu Ibrahim (HOU), Douglas Costa (LA), Xande Silva (ATL), Lionel Messi (MIA)