"My sister and my mom told me I will score" –LA Galaxy forward Joseph Painstil

Published on: 04 March 2024

Ghana international Joseph Paintsil has revealed that his mother and sister predicted he was going to score in LA Galaxy’s clash with San Jose Earthquake.

The former Genk winger scored a belter and provided an assist to help his side snatch victory in his second competitive game for the club.

Paintsil has become an instant hit for LA Galaxy having scored a goal and provided two assists in two games since his arrival.

After the game, Painstil disclosed the inspiration behind his maiden Major League Soccer goal.

“I’m really happy that I scored my first goal, especially in those colors – it really means a lot to me,” he said after the game.

“My sister and my mom told me that I was going to score, so I should just keep the faith,” he added. “The moment that it happened I thought about them, so I just want to say a very big thank you.”

The pacy winger came close to getting the winner for LA Galaxy in their season opener against Inter Miami, having already won a penalty which was missed by teammate Ruqui Puig. The Ghana international is already enjoying his role alongside the former Barcelona player.

“Me playing alongside Riqui Puig is a great connection. As you can see, it’s like we’ve played [together] almost like a season before," he said.

Paintsil moved to the MLS in February after ending his stay in Belgium with KRC Genk.