The PFCU Golden Boot, which goes to the player with the most goals throughout the entire Unity Cup tournament, looks like a done deal. After the quarterfinal matchups at Temple University, this race almost definitely belongs to Ivory Coast’s Seydou Ba, who has a tournament-leading 16 goals.
Seydou is a unique player; he’s faster than bigger defenders but stronger than smaller, quicker defenders. He is every competitor’s nightmare.
Behind Seydou are the following players:
- Nyakeh Kamara, Sierra Leone – 10 goals
- Vasili Laurankou, Ukraine – 10 goals
- Padraic McCullaugh, USA – 8 goals
- Anthony Allison, Liberia – 8 goals
Unfortunately, both players tied for second place are out of the tournament. Sierra Leone was eliminated in the round of 16, and Ukraine’s run came to an end during the quarterfinals. With the second and third leading goal scorers out of the tournament, it is nearly impossible for anyone to catch Ba. USA’s McCullaugh missed USA’s last two games, which hurt his chances for competing with Ba.
Liberia’s Anthony Allison, the only competitor left in the running with Ba, was always close to the top of the PFCU Golden Boot rankings, but he hasn’t been able to find the back of the net as much in the knockout rounds. Allison also has played one fewer game, thanks to Liberia securing a bye in the play-in rounds.
Barring a miracle, Seydou Ba will be boasting the first annual PFCU Golden Boot on October 13 at Talen Energy Stadium.