Manny Perez’s performance for North Carolina stole the show on Saturday night, as he bagged a brace of assists for the USL side.
Perez is with North Carolina until the end of the season, and he proved his worth against Ottawa Fury at the weekend. He originally started on the bench, but with the score tied at 1-1, Perez came on with 20 minutes remaining to make his impact.
The Celtic-owned youngster laid off a cut-back to Robbie Kristo with just eight minutes remaining. His second assist, however, will be much more pleasing for Celtic fans. He darted towards the byline and charged into the penalty area. He then lofted a fine pass for Nazmi Albadawi to bury.
You can view the two Perez assists below in what was a fine individual display from him.
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Perez has now made 19 appearances for North Carolina this season, and has been an impressive figure for them.
Some Celtic fans may not remember, but he was also at the club during pre-season. Unfortunately, however, an injury halted any chance he had of making an impact. He was sent back to North Carolina, where he’ll stay until the end of the USL season next month.
Perez makes his mark
Upon his return, it will be interesting to see if his path takes a similar path to that of Andrew Gutman. Gutman originally impressed with USL side Charlotte Independence. However, after also returning for pre-season, he was sent out on loan to FC Cincinnati in the MLS.
Trying to grab Perez a move to the MLS for the new season could be on the agenda, but their campaign wouldn’t start until March.
In the meantime, he’s continuing to impress in the USL. North Carolina sit in seventh place, just eight points off the top spot. It’s been a positive season for Perez and his team-mates. Hopefully, they can charge closer towards the top in the coming weeks.
But as for Perez, he’s making a positive contribution in the States. Hopefully things stay that way until the end of the season.