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Tonight’s Crew SC opponent, Real Salt Lake: MLS member since 2004

 

Real Salt Lake (RSL) is an American professional soccer franchise that competes as a member club of Major League Soccer (MLS) Western Conference. RSL began play in 2005 as an expansion team of the league. The club was founded in 2004 when the club’s first owner and founder was awarded an expansion berth in Major League Soccer.

The club plays its home games at Rio Tinto Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah, since 2008. RSL initially played home games at Rice-Eccles Stadium, located on the campus of the University of Utah, from 2005–2007. The team is currently led by head coach Mike Petke.

In domestic soccer, Real Salt Lake won the 2009 MLS Cup and were runners-up in the 2013 MLS Cup, the Supporters Shield in 2010, and the 2013 edition of the U.S. Open Cup. The franchise regional success to date was in the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League, where RSL finished runners-up in the tournament becoming the first American club, since the CONCACAF Champions League format was introduced in 2008, to advance to the final stage of the tournament.

Name

The title Real (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal]) is a Spanish word that means ‘royal’ in English. The term is usually used by Spanish clubs who have received royal patronage from a reigning Spanish king, the most famous of which include Real MadridReal Betis and Real Sociedad. In choosing the name Real, owner Dave Checketts intended to create a brand name that would become well known for its simplicity, as well as an association with the world-famous club in Madrid that the club had been striving toward. One of the reasons for using Real was founder Dave Checketts‘ admiration for Real Madrid during his time as the general manager of the Utah Jazz National Basketball Association franchise. Checketts also found it encouraging that Real Madrid had a basketball team as well.

Local reaction to the new team’s name was initially met with mixed feelings. On top of that, some thought that the name sounded contrived, and did not truly reflect the Salt Lake area, with other team names such as “Highlanders”, “Salt Lake SC”, or “Union SLC” being more preferred. However, by at least 2014, reaction to the name had improved, with the team establishing its identity as a representative of Salt Lake.

Attendance by season

MLS season Regular season MLS playoffs
2005 18,935 DNQ
2006 16,366 DNQ
2007 15,960 DNQ
2008 16,179 17,364
2009 16,375 11,499
2010 17,095 19,324
2011 17,594 17,067
2012 19,153 19,657
2013 19,362 18,187
2014 20,351 20,713
2015 20,160 DNQ
2016 19,759 NHG
2017 18,781 DNQ

DNQ = Did not qualifyNHG = No home game during playoffs

Top 10 RSL home unbeaten streaks

Legend
In progress
  • Only regular-season matches played with Real Salt Lake in Utah counted towards records.
As of June 25, 2018
Home unbeaten run
Rank Games unbeaten Start date End date Record (W–D–L)
1 29 June 6, 2009 May 14, 2011 (20–9–0)
2 14 March 12, 2016 September 16, 2016 (8–6–0)
3 12 July 4, 2014 March 29, 2015 (9–3–0)
March 29, 2008 August 29, 2008 (7–5–0)
5 9 May 1, 2015 July 24, 2015 (4–5–0)
6 8 July 22, 2017 October 22, 2017 (5–3–0)
October 5, 2013 May 24, 2014 (4–4–0)
8 7 March 17, 2018 June 23, 2018 (6–1–0)
9 6 May 4, 2013 July 3, 2013 (4–2–0)
September 1, 2012 April 20, 2013 (4–2–0)
June 4, 2011 July 23, 2011 (4–2–0)
October 9, 2008 May 6, 2009 (4–2–0)

Retired numbers

No. Player Position Nation Tenure
9 Jason Kreis Forward United States United States 2005–2007

Head coaches

  • Includes MLS regular Season, MLS Playoffs, CONCACAF Champions League, and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
As of June 25, 2018

 

All Time Real Salt Lake Coaching Stats
Head Coach Tenure Games Win Loss Draw Win %
United States John Ellinger January 2005–May 3, 2007 71 16 39 16 33.8%
United States Jason Kreis May 3, 2007 – December 10, 2013 261 112 85 64 55.2%
United States Jeff Cassar December 18, 2013 – March 20, 2017 121 45 43 33 50.8%
United States Daryl Shore (interim) March 20, 2017 – April 3, 2017 2 0 1 1 0.0%
United States Mike Petke April 3, 2017–present 47 20 21 6 48.9%

 

INFORMATION WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

 

MLS Welcomes in World Cup action and Week 16 of the season

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

  • Three Mexican MLS players face reigning champion Germany in first week of World Cup action
  • Three ways to vote for MLS All-Star Team
  • United Bid 2026 vote renews excitement of USA’s highlight touted 1994 FIFA World Cup
  • Sporting-FC Dallas fixture features past three U.S. Open Cup winners
  • MLS Week 16: Match Notes
Three Mexican MLS players face reigning champion Germany in first week of World Cup action
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off on Thursday with 19 MLS players set to represent their countries on the world’s biggest stage. Among the biggest matchups in the first week of action is Mexico’s match against Germany on Sunday in Moscow (11 a.m. ET, FS1 / Telemundo), where three MLS players will take on the reigning World Cup champions. LA Galaxy midfielder Giovani dos Santos will play in his third World Cup for Mexico (2010, 2014, 2018), and is joined by his brother Jonathan dos Santos and LAFC forward Carlos Vela, who is participating in his second World Cup (2010, 2018).

Giovani dos Santos lifted Mexico to victory scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Scotland earlier this month. He will look to continue his track record of strong performances in the World Cup, scoring a long-range strike in Mexico’s final match at the 2014 World Cup and being voted as runner-up for the FIFA Young Player of the Tournament at the 2010 World Cup. Vela, meanwhile has had a strong season for LAFC, scoring seven goals and adding five assists in his debut MLS season.

Below are listings to watch MLS players competing in the World Cup this week.

Friday, June 15
Egypt v. Uruguay (8 a.m. ET, FS1 / Telemundo)

  • Egyptian defender Omar Gaber (LAFC) is the first player in the league to kick off World Cup play

Saturday, June 16
Peru v. Denmark (12 p.m. ET, FS1 / Telemundo)

  • Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City SC) and Andy Polo (Portland Timbers) will take the field in Peru’s first World Cup appearance since 1982.

Sunday, June 17
Costa Rica v. Serbia (8 a.m. ET, FOX / Telemundo)

  • Marco Ureña (LAFC) is playing in his second World Cup, and will look to help Costa Rica make consecutive quarterfinals appearances. Ureña previously scored a goal in a 2014 World Cup victory over Uruguay in Brazil.
  • Costa Rica is tied for the most MLS players in the World Cup with six.

Mexico v. Germany (11 a.m. ET, FS1 / Telemundo)

  • Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy) makes his third World Cup appearance, most of any MLS player in this year’s tournament.

Monday, June 18
Sweden v. South Korea (8 a.m. ET, FS1 / Telemundo)

  • Gustav Svensson (Seattle Sounders FC) will be suiting up for Sweden, helping the team return to the World Cup for the first time since 2006.

Panama v. Belgium (11 a.m. ET, FS1 / Telemundo).

  • Led by Román Torres, the Panamanians are participating in their country’s first ever World Cup and could face off against fellow MLS player Laurent Ciman should the LAFC defender fill in for an injured Vincent Kompany.
  • Panama features six MLS players

Three ways to vote for MLS All-Star Team
Fan voting is in full swing to nominate the top 11 players that will comprise the MLS All-Star Fan XI presented by Target. A total of 24 MLS players will be named to the All-Star team per the collective bargaining agreement, with media, fans, players, All-Star coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino of Atlanta United, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber all contributing to the All-Star selection process.

Fans can vote three ways:

  • Android and iOS devices through the MLS app
  • Online ballot available HERE
  • EA SPORTS™ “More Than a Vote” Challenge by scoring goals in EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The forward with the most votes – one goal equals one vote – will occupy the final forward spot in the Fan XI.

The MLS All-Stars will face Juventus – the most decorated club in Italian soccer history – in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on August 1 in Atlanta. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com.

Fan voting closes at 11:59 p.m. PT on Wednesday, June 20.


​USA Today Sports Images – David Beckham

United Bid 2026 vote renews
excitement of USA’s highly
touted 1994 FIFA World Cup

This Wednesday, the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow will vote on the location of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, providing an opportunity for the biggest stage to return to the United States for the first time since the highly touted 1994 World Cup. The United Bid 2026 is a joint hosting bid that features the soccer federations from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and the rise of the sport in North America has put the three nations in a supreme spot to feature one of the best events in tournament history.

“I remember the last time the U.S. hosted the World Cup, I actually went to a couple of games,” said LA Galaxy legend and Miami MLS owner David Beckham. “It was incredible, the excitement that ran through the whole country, the excitement that ran through everyone involved in football. Now the infrastructure is more there, the excitement is more there, and there are more people throughout the U.S. who understand the game and get excited about the game.”

The bid decision will be broadcast live on FIFA.com, FS1 and Univision on Wednesday.

“Football competition as big as the World Cup deserves to be in great places, and if the U.S., Canada and Mexico get that, it will be very special,” Beckham said. “To have played in L.A. for six years in the U.S., and obviously when we traveled to Canada and some of the teams that we played there, I’ve seen that passion.”

Sporting-FC Dallas fixture features
past three U.S. Open Cup winners

The Round of 16 of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup features two of the hottest teams in MLS’s Western Conference. Sporting Kansas City, the defending Open Cup champs and current frontrunners in the West, host second-place FC Dallas on Saturday (9 p.m. ET). Open Cup matches can be watched via U.S. Soccer’s U.S. Open Cup home.

The fixture is a unique one in that the two sides have garnered the past three Dewar Cup trophies – Sporting last year, FC Dallas in 2016 and Sporting in 2015. SKC is hoping to become the first MLS team to win five Open Cups. Dallas has won two, including the 1997 title as the Dallas Burn.

FC Dallas have won their past four MLS regular-season matches, led by 27-year-old Argentine midfielder Mauro Diaz, who is second in the league this season with eight assists. Dallas will have a difficult task against one of the stouter defenses in MLS. Sporting have earned four clean sheets in their past six games. Homegrown defenderJaylin Lindsey, 18, is coming off his first MLS start during a scoreless road draw against the Portland Timbers on Saturday.

The last meeting in non-league play certainly carried some late drama. Sporting outlasted FC Dallas for a 3-0 victory in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on July 11, scoring three goals in the two 15-minute overtime sessions. Sporting’s defense maintained a clean sheet that day, while playing without the services of Matt Besler, who was on U.S. National Team duty.

Round of 16 (times ET):
Friday, June 15
Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy, 11 p.m.

Saturday, June 16
Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas, 9 p.m.

​USA Today Sports Images – SKC goalkeeper Tim Melia

MLS Regular Season – Week 16
(Times ET)
Wednesday, June 13

∙​ Montreal Impact vs. Orlando City SC, 7:30 p.m. (TVA Sports, ESPN+)
∙​ Columbus Crew SC vs. Atlanta United, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
∙​ Toronto FC vs. D.C. United, 8 p.m. (TSN, ESPN+)
∙​ New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 8 p.m. (ESPN+)
∙​ Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire, 9 p.m. (ESPN+)
∙​ San Jose Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN+)


U.S. Open Cup – Round of 16
(Times ET)
Friday, June 15
∙​ Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy, 11 p.m.

Saturday, June 16
∙​ Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m.
∙​ Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas, 9 p.m.

(remainder of Round of 16 games take place next week)

MLS Week 16: Match Notes
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Montreal Impact vs. Orlando City SC, 7:30 p.m. (TVA Sports; ESPN+)

  • The Impact weren’t able to build upon a first win in five matches, dropping a 2-0 decision to FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Saturday evening. It was a sixth consecutive loss on the road for the Impact, the second-longest away losing slide in the club’s MLS history.
  • Orlando City SC lost their club-record fifth game in a row, falling 5-2 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place on Saturday afternoon.
  • Josué Colman assisted on both OCSC goals at Vancouver, now with four assists on the season – having assisted on each one of Orlando City’s past four goals.
  • The Impact won the lone meeting in Montréal last season, a 2-1 victory on Aug. 5 at Stade Saputo, their first home win against Orlando City since 2015. OCSC had won at Stade Saputo in the last game in Montréal, in 2016.
  • The Impact have now come away with points on their past two visits to Orlando, after the teams reached a 3-3 draw last June 17 at Orlando City Stadium in the only meeting there. OCSC had won the first two encounters all-time in Orlando.

Columbus Crew SC vs. Atlanta United, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

  • Crew SC extended their undefeated streak to nine games – equaling the third-longest unbeaten run in the club’s 23-year history – with their 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls at Mapfre Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Gyasi Zardes scored his 10th goal of the season, sitting in second place in the MLS Golden Boot standings. It’s the second time in his six MLS seasons Zardes has reached double figures in goals (he scored a career-high 16 for the LA Galaxy in 2014).
  • Atlanta United extended their away undefeated run to six games, gaining a 1-1 draw at New York City FC on Saturday afternoon.
  • Josef Martínez scored his 13th goal of the season, putting him atop the MLS Golden Boot standings by three goals ahead of Crew SC’s Zardes. Martínez scored for a third consecutive game, with five goals in that span.
  • The teams met twice in league play in Atlanta United’s inaugural season, the games coming two weeks apart, and the expansion side won both, taking a 3-1 win on June 17 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, and a 2-0 victory on July 1 at Mapfre Stadium.
  • The teams also met in the Knockout Round of the MLS Cup Playoffs, Crew SC advancing via a dramatic penalty kick shootout after the teams played to a scoreless draw over 120 minutes at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United, 8 p.m. (TSN 1/4/5, ESPN+)

  • Toronto FC ended a two-game winless run with a 2-0 win against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium on Friday evening. Jonathan Osorio scored both TFC goals, the first multiple-goal game of his six-year MLS career.
  • D.C. United saw their brief two-game undefeated run put to an end, falling 2-1 to Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Saturday evening.
  • Darren Mattocks scored his sixth goal of the season, his third consecutive game with a goal, matching his career-long goalscoring streak in his seven MLS seasons (set previously in 2014 while with Vancouver).
  • TFC ended their history at RFK Stadium by coming away with points on four of their final five visits there, including each of the past three seasons. The teams reached a 1-1 draw there last Aug. 5 in the only matchup in D.C.
  • United have come away with points on three of their last five trips to BMO Field, over the past four seasons, including two victories. TFC won the lone meeting in Toronto last year, a 2-0 win on June 17.

New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 8 p.m. (ESPN+)

  • The Red Bulls had their winless run extended to three games with a second draw in that time, reaching a 1-1 result with Columbus Crew SC at Mapfre Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Sounders FC put an end to their losing skid after three games, coming back for a 2-1 win against D.C. United at CenturyLink Field on Saturday evening.
  • Nicolas Lodeiro scored the opening goal for Sounders FC in the win vs. D.C., the club’s first goal in exactly one month (since May 9), putting an end to the club’s scoreless streak after 362 minutes – one minute shy of the Sounders FC’s record drought for their MLS history.
  • Sounders FC have a four-game home undefeated streak in the series, with three wins in that time, including a 3-1 win last March 19 in the only meeting between the teams.
  • The Red Bulls have a four-game home undefeated streak in the series, with three wins in that time, including a 2-0 victory on June 19, 2016 in the last meeting at Red Bull Arena.

Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire, 9 p.m. (ESPN+)

  • The Rapids suffered their eighth consecutive league defeat, a club record in their 23-year history, falling 2-0 to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday evening. The streak is tied for the seventh-longest losing streak in MLS history, the longest in the league since 2014.
  • The Fire gained a result for a second consecutive game, reaching a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution at Toyota Park on Saturday evening. Bastian Schweinsteigerscored his second goal of the season, the fifth goal of his MLS career (in 37 appearances).
  • The Fire won the lone meeting between the teams a year ago, a 3-0 victory on May 17 at Toyota Park, their first victory in the series since 2013, ending a three-game undefeated run for the Rapids. Colorado had won on their last visit to Toyota Park, a 1-0 win on Aug. 22, 2015 – their first win ever in Bridgeview, and first at the Fire since 2004, at Soldier Field.
  • The Rapids are unbeaten in their past five home encounters with the Fire, with two wins and three draws, including a 2-1 win on June 18, 2016, in Commerce City in the last meeting there. Colorado’s 2-0 win in 2012 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park snapped a three-game winless streak in home games vs. the Fire, their first win there since 2008.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

  • The Quakes suffered their fourth consecutive defeat, with Los Angeles Football Club scoring twice after the 90th minute to come back for a 4-3 win at Avaya Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Chris Wondolowski scored a pair of goals and is now with 138 for his league career, seven behind Landon Donovan for the all-time MLS record. It was the 19th multiple-goal game of his MLS league career, sixth-most all-time.
  • The Revolution extended their undefeated run to four games with a third draw in that time, gaining a 1-1 result with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Saturday evening.
  • Teal Bunbury scored for a fourth consecutive game, the longest goalscoring streak of his MLS career, now with nine goals on the season, tied for third in the MLS Golden Boot standings. Bunbury has scored all nine of his goals over the last 12 games.
  • The teams have reached scoreless draws in each of their last two meetings, on April 19 of last year at Gillette Stadium, and Aug. 24, 2016 at Avaya Stadium.
  • The Revolution have a five-game undefeated streak alive in the series, winning three consecutive matchups before the draws over the past two seasons. The Quakes last won in the series March 10, 2012, a 1-0 win at Buck Shaw Stadium.

 

MLS and FIFA: Beginning of the World Cup Games

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

As the most diverse sports league in the world,
MLS sees players from six countries set to participate in World Cup in Russia

NEW YORK (Thursday, June 14, 2018) – The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia begins today, and for Major League Soccer’s contingent of 19 players, representing six countries, it is a chance to be immortalized in history books during the greatest sporting event in the world.

Celebrations were in full swing Wednesday as FIFA announced that the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico, but now all eyes turn to this year’s tournament as the globe halts to watch the world’s game.

MLS PLAYERS IN 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP

MLS: The World’s Most Diverse Sports League: As the league of choice for many top players, MLS is the most diverse sports league in the world with players from more than 70 countries competing in 2018. Again leading the charge in diversity (as determined by birthplace) in the North American sports landscape, from a pool of 637 current players, 72 countries are represented in MLS compared with the second-most diverse league, the NBA, that boasts players from 45 countries.

Among those 637 players, 234 have been capped by their national teams and a total of 27 players from 11 FIFA World Cup-bound countries played a part in their respective nations’ World Cup Qualifiers during 2017.

League (year) Total # of Players Players Born Abroad (% born outside U.S.A. & Canada) Countries Represented (incl. USA & Canada) Average Age of All Players (in years)
MLS (2018) 637 315 (49.4%) 72 25.36
MLB (2017) 1087 326 (29.9%) 24 28.33
NHL (2017-2018) 779 225 (28.8%) 22 27.17
NBA (2017-2018) 496 96 (19.4%) 47 26.22
NFL (2017) 2104 57 (2.7%) 26 26.36

Six-nation representation: For a second straight World Cup, six nations have current MLS players on their rosters, which, alongside the 2014 tournament, ties for the most in league history. The country representation includes six MLS players on both Costa Rica and Panama, three for Mexico, two for Peru and one each for Egypt and Sweden. Two other countries include former MLS players, with Australia featuring former New York Red Bulls forward Tim Cahill and former Montreal Impact midfielder Blerim D��emaili representing Switzerland.

Sixteen are new to the big stage: A total of 16 players will be competing in their first FIFA World Cup. Six players among this group are part of Panama’s first trip to the World Cup, including Seattle Sounders FC defender Román Torres, whose late goal against Costa Rica in the finale of the qualifying stage propelled his nation to Russia.

Three World Cup returnees: The MLS pool features three players who have competed at the World Cup previously, led by the LA Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos, who is headed to his third World Cup for Mexico (2010, 2014, 2018). Dos Santos and the Los Angeles Football Club’s Carlos Vela (in his second World Cup appearance) were teammates on Mexico’s 2010 squad. LAFC forward Marco Ureña also prepares for his second World Cup appearance after representing Costa Rica at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Dos Santos duo marks first MLS brother pairing in World Cup: Heading into the 2018 FIFA World Cup, there have been 58 individual brothers who have played in FIFA World Cup history, either in the same tournament or in different tournaments. This year is unique one for MLS as the LA Galaxy’sJonathan dos Santos and Giovani dos Santos will play alongside each other for Mexico. This year’s World Cup includes four sets of brothers: the dos Santos (Mexico), Eden and Thorgan Hazard (Belgium), Noureddine and Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco), and Anton and Alexei Miranchuk (Russia). Two sets of brothers have won the World Cup alongside each other: Germany’s Ottmar and Fritz Walter (1954) and England’s Bobby and Jack Charlton (1966).

FIFA World Cup Winners: Only 422 players throughout history have lifted the world’s most coveted trophy, two of whom currently play in MLS in the Chicago Fire’s Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, 2014) and New York City FC’s David Villa (Spain, 2010).  All-time, 11 World Cup winners have played on MLS squads yet none have won both the World Cup and MLS Cup in the same year. The 19 MLS players headed to Russia have the opportunity to join some illustrious company, for both country and club.

FLASHBACK TO QUALIFYING:
LA trio leads Mexico to most successful qualifying run: Mexico clinched its trip to Russia 2018 with several qualifying matches to spare following a 1-0 win against Panama on Sept. 1, 2017. It marked Mexico’s earliest World Cup qualification clinch in the country’s history. The Los Angeles Football Club’s first signing, Carlos Vela, and LA Galaxy brothers Giovani dos Santos and Jonathan dos Santos all featured during the qualifying stage to help Mexico earn its 16th FIFA World Cup appearance.

Torres boosts Panama to first World Cup: Seattle Sounders FC defender Román Torres is being hailed a hero after scoring the winning goal that lifted Panama to its first-ever FIFA World Cup. The last-minute drama took place on Oct. 10, 2017, when Torres’ right-footed strike in the 88th minute completed a 2-1 rally victory over favorited Costa Rica to book Panama’s spot in Russia.

 

Montreal’s Piatti voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Week

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

NEW YORK (Friday, June 15, 2018) – Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti was voted the Alcatel Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 16th week of the 2018 MLS season.

Montreal defeated Orlando City SC 3-0 on Wednesday night at Stade Saputo, with Piatti scoring two goals to help lift the Impact. Piatti has seven goals and six assists this season, making him the only player in the league to rank in the top 10 of both categories in 2018. The Impact sit ninth in the Eastern conference with 15 points (5-11-0 overall record).

Piatti put Montreal on the board in the early moments of the match with a penalty kick driven into the bottom left corner to give the Impact a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute (Watch Goal). Montreal doubled its lead when Piatti sent a ball out wide to Daniel Lovitz, whose cross in front of goal in the 55th minute forced the defense into an error resulting in an own goal to push the Impact lead to 2-0 (Watch).

The Argentine finished his impressive outing, scoring Montreal’s third goal in second half stoppage time. Piatti broke in behind the defense in the box with a pass from Saphir Taïder, then rounded Orlando goalkeeper Joe Bendik, finishing with a strike to goal to cap the Impact’s dominant 3-0 victory (Watch Goal). The brace was Piatti’s second multi-goal performance of the season and 12th in his MLS regular season career.

Montreal returns to MLS regular season action on Saturday, June 23 to face Orlando City SC at Orlando City Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET, TVAS / ESPN+).

The Alcatel MLS Player of the Week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of the North American Soccer Reporters. The organization includes print, television, radio and online journalists who cover domestic men’s soccer in the United States and Canada.

Atlanta United star Josef Martinez recent MLS Player of the Week

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NEW YORK (Tuesday, June 5, 2018) – Atlanta United forward Josef Martínez was voted the Alcatel Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 14th week of the 2018 MLS season.

Martínez scored three goals in Atlanta’s 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union in front of 45,140 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday. The 25-year-old tied a league record with his fifth career MLS hat trick, accomplishing the feat in a mere 34 matches played. Atlanta sits first in the Eastern Conference standings with 29 points (9-3-2 record), while Martínez tops the league with 12 goals scored this season.

The Venezuela National Team forward began his day with a penalty kick goal in the 21stminute for an early 1-0 Atlanta advantage (Watch Goal). Martínez scored again in the 49thminute to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead. Miguel Almirón sent a perfectly placed ball into the box, threading a pass between Union goalkeeper Andre Blake and a defender to an open Martínez, who calmly finished with a deflection to the center of goal (Watch Goal).

Following a Philadelphia goal, Martínez then completed his hat trick in the 83rd minute to give Atlanta a 3-1 lead with a powerful penalty kick goal just inside the left post (Watch Goal). In 34 career MLS regular season matches, Martínez has scored 31 goals for a 0.91 goals-per-game average, the best in MLS history among players with at least 20 career goals scored.

The Alcatel MLS Player of the Week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of the North American Soccer Reporters. The organization includes print, television, radio and online journalists who cover domestic men’s soccer in the United States and Canada.

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