Antonee Robinson scored in stoppage time for Fulham. (Chuck Burton-USA TODAY Sports)
What a memorable 10 days for Antonee Robinson – for club and country.
He helped the U.S. men’s national team to a pair of 2-1 victories in World Cup qualifying and scored a goal and helped set up another in Fulham’s 4-1 win over Queens Park Rangers in the English Championship Saturday.
Given that he flew across the Atlantic Ocean after Wednesday’s triumph over Costa Rica, Robinson was allowed to rest as he began the match on the bench.
But in the 58th minute, Joe Bryan injured himself and Robinson was inserted into the game with the score knotted up at 1-1.
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It didn’t take long for Robinson to assert himself as he passed to Neeskens Kebano from the left side. Kebano then fed Aleksandar Mitrovic, who struck for his second goal of the match in the 67th minute and a 2-1 lead.
After the hosts increased their lead to two goals four minutes later, Robinson tallied his first goal of the season on a long-range blast that deflected off a defender and past goalkeeper Seny Dieng a minute into stoppage time.
Robinson celebrated by putting his thumb in his mouth and the ball under his jersey. On Friday, he revealed that he and his wife were expecting a child on Dec. 12.
Since Robinson will have three full days of rest in his own bed, it wouldn’t be surprising if he is in the Starting XI for the Cottagers’ home match against Cardiff City Wednesday.