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Nashville MLS names Ian Ayre as its first GM

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Nashville’s MLS Club to be led by 2017 English Premier League Chief Executive of the Year

 

Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville MLS today announced the appointment of Ian Ayre as Chief Executive Officer. Ayre, formerly Chief Executive of Liverpool Football Club of the English Premier League, will assume the responsibility of building and leading the Nashville MLS club.

“We are committed to bringing world-class soccer to Nashville, as evidenced by the appointment of Ian as our CEO,” said John Ingram, lead owner, Nashville MLS. “Ian understands our vision for Nashville MLS and has the skill and experience to bring the best in soccer to our city. His passion for the sport and the business of the game, along with his progressive approach and commitment to community, will help us create Nashville’s MLS club while elevating soccer in Music City and MLS. I’m delighted to welcome him to Nashville and our club!”

Soundbytes from Ian Ayre, John Ingram and Will Alexander can be found here.

Ayre has an extensive background in sports, media and technology, most recently as Chief Executive of Liverpool Football Club.  During his 10-year tenure with the club, he was responsible for rebuilding the organization at all levels. After initially securing a record-breaking sponsorship deal for the club, he went on to restructure the entire commercial, operational and football elements of the business as well as oversee the successful $160 million stadium expansion.

Ayre was directly responsible for all player transfer negotiations, including contract negotiations on more than 100 player contracts (acquisitions, sales, loans, extensions),  including Phillipe Coutinho, Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Roberto Firmino, Raheem Sterling and Sadio Manè. He also worked with five leading coaches – Rafael Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp. During his time at Liverpool, Ian served on the UEFA Competitions Committee as an elected member and in 2017 was voted Premier League Chief Executive of the Year.

“The opportunity to put Nashville on the national and international soccer map is a truly outstanding challenge, and I literally cannot wait to get started,” said Ayre. “Becoming chief executive officer of the Nashville MLS club is a unique opportunity in the global soccer community. To take what is essentially a blank sheet of paper and build an entire club is an amazing challenge, and one I am hugely excited about.”

Nashville was awarded Major League Soccer’s 24th club in December 2017, and enthusiasm for soccer continues to grow in Music City. CONCACAF recently announced Nashville as a host city of the 2019 Gold Cup. Nashville Soccer Club, the city’s USL club, launched in spring 2018.

“In my experience, the key to success in building sports clubs is to create a bond and unity between the owners, the team and the fans,” said Ayre. “It’s clear to me that Nashville and its people not only have a true love of sports, but an enormous sense of civic pride for their city. These are the ingredients you need to build a great club.”

Born in Liverpool, Ayre has been a soccer fan since his early years and followed Liverpool all over the world both as a fan and as an employee. Following 10 years active military service in the British Royal Navy, Ayre’s career progressed into the consumer electronics industry where he was responsible for building an extensive manufacturing, sales and distribution network across the Asia Pacific region for Pace Micro Technology, a UK publicly listed company in the satellite television technology sector.

Following his departure from Pace, Ayre worked with the company’s founder and chairman to acquire a British soccer club Huddersfield Town in 1999. Ayre served as chairman and chief executive of the club, transforming the club’s commercial revenues, completing the final stages of construction of the club’s new stadium, and the revitalizing the club’s roster.

In 2000 while at Huddersfield Town, Ayre was instrumental in developing a business plan which envisioned the 72 clubs of The Football League, investing their digital rights into a common operating platform. Ayre was appointed as the Managing Director of that business – Premium TV Limited. The business, funded and controlled by communications giant NTL Inc., went on to secure the digital rights of all 72 professional clubs of the football league and a number of Premier League clubs.

In 2004, Ian returned to Asia where he was a board member of sports marketing business Total Sports Asia. With its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the company was focused on the sale of media rights in sports, event management, sponsorship sales and merchandising and licensing. Total Sports saw rapid growth and opened offices in Japan, India, Middle East, Thailand and China, boasting an impressive and wide array of sports and entertainment clients, including World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), FIFA, The World Badminton Association, US Tennis Association and a host of European and International soccer teams.

Following his 10-year tenure at Liverpool Football Club, Ayre served briefly as managing director, 1860 Munich.

Ayre and his family will be relocating to Nashville this summer.

About Nashville MLS
Nashville MLS is Major League Soccer’s 24th club, which was awarded in December 2017. Learn more at www.mls2nashville.com.

 

MLS ushers in Week 13 of the 2018 Season

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This Week in MLS – May 21, 2018

 

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  • All eyes on Galaxy’s Jonathan dos Santos before 23-man World Cup rosters revealed
  • World Cup hopeful MLS players in final week of play before reporting to camp
  • Crew SC’s Zardes finds attacking groove, on pace for career season
  • Zimmerman called into U.S. Camp after strong LAFC start
  • MLS Week 13: Match Notes

All eyes on Galaxy’s Jonathan dos Santos before 23-man World Cup rosters revealed
With hopes that his lasting MLS impressions will result in a World Cup opportunity, LA Galaxy midfielder Jonathan dos Santos is taking full advantage of his most valuable chances to shine before players report to national teams after the weekend. A mainstay for El Tri in major international competitions last year, the persistent playmaker has a goal and assist for the Galaxy this season, and is poised for peak performances on Monday against the Montreal Impact and on Friday against the San Jose Earthquakes in 83rd all-time Cali Clasico.

With 34 caps and a proven difference-maker under pressure, the younger dos Santos brother who joined MLS last season has already translated valuable LA Galaxy experience into World Cup Qualifier appearances and an influential role in Mexico’s run to the semifinals of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. During the Confederations Cup, he sent in the game-tying assist against Portugal in the Group Stage and earned Best XI honors in the competition.

Named to Mexico’s provisional roster with older brother and Galaxy teammate Gio dos Santos, the two will be channeling strong performances for the Galaxy this week to solidify their spots among El Tri’s final 23 heading to Russia.

World Cup hopeful MLS players in final week of play before reporting to camp
MLS players are making final preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as over 20 standouts across the league will play in their final club matches before reporting to national team camp next week. Before traveling to Russia, a number of players are battling for final spots on their countries’ 23-man roster, using MLS play as a final opportunity to impress their national team coaches.

Among those heading to the World Cup include Vancouver Whitecaps FC captain and defender Kendall Waston. One of six active MLS players named to Costa Rica’s final 23-man roster, Waston will play on Saturday against New England before departing for national team camp with the rest of his fellow countrymen. Additional players reporting to camp after this week’s matches include seven MLS-based Panama players, two Peru National Team players and three Mexico National Teamers.

A full list of MLS players called into preliminary or final rosters can be found here.

Crew SC’s Zardes finds attacking groove, on pace for career season
Columbus Crew SC striker Gyasi Zardes is on pace for a career campaign through just 12 weeks of the 2018 season, having already generated more scoring chances than his previous two seasons. Zardes will once again lead Crew SC this weekend when they visit Western Conference-leading Sporting Kansas City on Sunday at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. (6 p.m. ET / FS1).

After spending five seasons with the LA Galaxy, Zardes was traded to Columbus during the offseason, and the move has paid dividends both individually and collectively. Zardes is tied for the league lead with eight goals in 13 matches, sitting alongside Atlanta United forwardJosef Martínez and the New York Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips in the MLS Golden Boot race. Zardes and Columbus are tied for second in the Eastern Conference with 24 points alongside New York City FC with a 7-3-3 record.

The 26-year-old forward already is halfway to matching his career high of 16 goals during the 2014 season. Zardes has created 39 shots this year, already a massive leap from the 29 shots in 2017 and 24 shots in 2016. Zardes’ most recent standout effort was a brace during Columbus’ 3-0 win against the Chicago Fire on May 12.

As Zardes continues to add to his MLS resume, the goal is also to carry over that play into the U.S. Men’s National Team realm. Zardes was last called into the U.S. MNT’s January camp earlier this year, but it has been nearly two years since his last goal during the Copa América Centenario, scoring the game-winning goal during a 2-1 victory against Ecuador. One of Zardes’ best international performances took place at Children’s Mercy Park, where he recorded a brace to lead the USA to a 4-0 win against Bolivia on May 28, 2016.

GYASI ZARDES MLS GOALSCORING

YEAR CLUB GP GOALS
2014 LA Galaxy 32 16
2018 Columbus Crew SC 13 8
2016 LA Galaxy 19 6
2015 LA Galaxy 29 6
2013 LA Galaxy 27 4
2017 LA Galaxy 24 2

Zimmerman called into U.S. Men’s National Team after strong LAFC start
Following a tremendous start with the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), defender Walker Zimmerman received his second call up in 2018 to represent the U.S. Men’s National Team for a friendly match against Bolivia on May 28 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (6:30 p.m. ET). The 25-year-old has played in the last eight matches for LAFC with the club compiling an impressive 4-2-2 record in those contests, sitting second in the Western Conference under head coach Bob Bradley.

While Zimmerman has shined under Bradley’s tutelage this season, he will now look to impress U.S. interim coach Dave Sarachan in camp. While the two managers have never coached on the same staff, their careers have taken many similar stops, with Sarachan taking over the Chicago Fire head coach position in 2002 from Bradley. Sarachan also took over as an assistant coach following Bradley departues from the University of Virginia in 1984 and at D.C. United in 1997.

Along with Zimmerman, Sarachan also called in Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono to face Bolivia. The 24-year-old also earns his second call to represent the U.S. after a historic 2017 where he captured a treble with Toronto before finishing as runner-up in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League.

MLS Week 13: Match Notes
Friday, May 25, 2018
Toronto FC vs. FC Dallas, 8 p.m. ET (TSN, ESPN+)

  • Toronto FC put an end to a two-game losing slide, getting a late goal for a 2-1 win against Orlando City SC at BMO Field on Friday evening. Ryan Telfer scored his first career MLS goal for the match-winner.
  • FC Dallas remained undefeated at home this season, extending their current undefeated run to three games, gaining a 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Toyota Stadium on Saturday evening. Reggie Cannon scored his first career MLS goal; Mauro Diaz collected his fourth assist in the past two games.
  • Toronto FC won the last meeting between the teams at BMO Field, a 1-0 victory on May 7, 2016 – their first win against FC Dallas since the 2007 season. FCD won eight of the 13 regular-season encounters in between, with five draws.
  • FC Dallas have never lost to TFC in Frisco in league play, holding a 7-0-2 record there, with victories in the past three meetings at Toyota Stadium, including a 3-1 win last July 1 in the lone meeting between the teams. TFC did win 3-0 in the Concacaf Champions League group stage in 2011.

Houston Dynamo vs. New York City FC, 8:55 p.m. ET (UniMás, UDN)

  • The Dynamo extended their undefeated run to three matches, getting a pair of goals from Alberth Elis for a come-from-behind 3-2 win against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Sunday afternoon.
  • NYCFC remained perfect at home this season, with a fifth win in five home games, after a 4-0 victory against the Colorado Rapids at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Maxi Moralez scored a goal and added two assists, the second time in his MLS career (in 41 appearances) he was involved in three goals in a single game.
  • David Villa scored a pair of goals, the 17th multiple-goal game of his MLS career, tied for seventh-most in league history (in just 103 regular-season appearances).
  • NYCFC have never lost to the Dynamo in their time in Major League Soccer, in three meetings. The teams played to a 1-1 draw last Sept. 23, at the University of Connecticut’s Rentschler Field, in the lone matchup between the teams – the second 1-1 draw in NYCFC’s home games in the all-time series.
  • The lone victory in the series came Sept. 30, 2016 at BBVA Compass Stadium, a 2-0 NYCFC triumph.

LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 11 p.m. ET (UniMás, UDN)

  • Danny Hoesen scored for a third consecutive match, now with six goals on the season, but the Quakes saw their home winless streak stretched to four games (with a second loss in a row) in a 3-1 defeat to D.C. United at Avaya Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • The teams met three times a year ago, and the Quakes won twice. San Jose claimed a 3-0 win in the last meeting, Aug. 27 at StubHub Center – its first win in Carson since 2012. The Quakes also took a 2-1 win on July 1 at Stanford Stadium.
  • The Galaxy claimed a 4-2 win on May 27 at Avaya Stadium, just their second victory in the past 16 regular season games in northern California, across four stadiums.
  • Known as the California Clásico, the Galaxy and Earthquakes have met 82 times in all competitions. In regular season play, the Galaxy have won 30 times and the Quakes 22, with 14 draws, since their first meeting on April 28, 1996.

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • Sounders FC return to action after a week off, suffering a 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on May 13, the 100th meeting all-time between the clubs, the longest-running rivalry in U.S. soccer history.
  • Real Salt Lake remained winless on the road this season, suffering a fifth consecutive away defeat, falling 4-1 to the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Real Salt Lake snapped a three-game Sounders FC winning streak in the series in their second meeting last season, a 2-0 win on Sept. 23 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real have won their past five home games vs. Seattle; Sounders FC last won in league play in Sandy on May 28, 2011, a span of seven games (they did win there in the Western Conference Semifinals in 2012).
  • Sounders FC won the matchup between the teams at CenturyLink Field, winning by the game’s lone goal on May 20. Sounders FC have won the past seven meetings between the teams in Seattle. RSL’s lone win there came May 12, 2012, a 1-0 victory.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. New England Revolution, 5:30 p.m. ET (TSN, ESPN+)

  • Whitecaps FC reached a third consecutive draw, coming back from two goals down for a late 2-2 result with FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Kei Kamara scored the equalizing goal from the penalty spot in the 10th minute of added time in the second half, the 100th-minute goal matching the latest ever score in regulation time in an MLS game.
  • Kamara’s 102nd career goal moved him into sole possession of eighth place all-time in MLS history, passing Revolution great Taylor Twellman (101).
  • The Revolution fell to their second home defeat of the season, losing by the game’s only goal to Columbus Crew SC at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • The Revolution won the lone meeting between the clubs a year ago, a 1-0 win on Aug. 12 at Gillette Stadium. It was the first home win for either team in the series since 2013, when Whitecaps FC won 4-3 at BC Place.
  • The ‘Caps have won once in three home meetings with the Revolution. The Revolution won 2-1 on June 18, 2016 in the last match in Vancouver, a second consecutive win for the road team in the series, after Whitecaps FC won 2-1 in Foxborough in 2015.

New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • The Red Bulls won their fourth game on the trot – a third in a row away from home – in their 3-1 win against Atlanta United FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday evening. Kaku recorded a pair of assists, a fourth consecutive game with an assist, his third two-assist game in that span; he now leads MLS with nine assists on the season.
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a pair of goals, moving into a tie for the lead in the MLS Golden Boot standings with eight goals for the year with Josef Martínez (ATL) and Gyasi Zardes (CLB). It was the 20th multiple-goal game of Wright-Phillips’ MLS career (his second two-goal game this season), now tied for fourth-most in MLS history.
  • The teams evenly split their three league matchups a year ago. The Union claimed a 3-0 win on May 6 at Talen Energy Stadium behind a CJ Sapong hat trick, then the Red Bulls won 2-0 in Chester on June 18 as Wright-Phillips then netted both goals. The teams reached a goalless draw in the lone meeting at Red Bull Arena on Sept. 17.
  • The Red Bulls are undefeated in the past three meetings at Red Bull Arena, winning two in a row before last year’s draw. When the Union won 2-0 there on May 24, 2015, it was their first-ever win in Harrison; the Red Bulls had gone 5-0-1 in their first six home games vs. Philadelphia.
  • The Union have won once in the past six meetings at Talen Energy Stadium, the victory in last year’s first meeting. The Red Bulls have won three times in that span, dating back to 2014.

Orlando City SC vs. Chicago Fire, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • Orlando City SC suffered a second consecutive defeat on the heels of a club-record six-game winning streak, falling 2-1 to Toronto FC at BMO Field on Friday evening.
  • The Fire suffered a second consecutive loss, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Houston Dynamo at Toyota Park on Sunday afternoon. Nemanja Nikolic scored his sixth goal of the season, while rookie Diego Campos scored his first career professional goal.
  • The Fire won for the first time ever in league play against Orlando City SC in the second meeting a year ago, a 4-0 victory June 24 at Toyota Park. OCSC had won two of the first six meetings between the teams, with four draws, the victories coming on the club’s first two visits to Toyota Park, both in its inaugural season.
  • All three meetings in Orlando have ended in draws, including a goalless draw last June 4, when Orlando City SC played two men down for the final 24 minutes.

Minnesota United FC vs. Montreal Impact, 8 p.m. ET (TVA Sports, ESPN+)

  • Minnesota United FC put an end to a two-game losing skid, gaining a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
  • Darwin Quintero scored his third goal in six appearances since coming to MLS and MNUFC, his first since April 28.
  • The Impact play the LA Galaxy at Stade Saputo on Monday afternoon in the 25th anniversary of the club’s first home game (which was as part of the APSL). It is the 14th league game played on a Monday in MLS history.
  • The teams met once in Minnesota United’s inaugural season, as the expansion outfit came from behind to claim a 3-2 win at Stade Saputo on Sept. 16.

Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • The Rapids suffered their fifth consecutive defeat, falling 4-0 to New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
  • The Timbers set a club record for their MLS history with a fifth consecutive victory, defeating Los Angeles FC 2-1 at Providence Park on Saturday afternoon. Cristhian Paredes scored his first MLS goal, and also added an assist on the game-winner from Samuel Armenteros.
  • The teams met twice a season ago, each winning by a 2-1 scoreline on their home grounds, the Rapids on June 17 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, and the Timbers on Aug. 23 at Providence Park.
  • The Rapids have won twice in the past nine meetings between the teams, dating back to the 2015 season, both coming in the last four encounters. The Timbers have won four games over that stretch, with two draws.
  • The Timbers have a seven-game home winning streak alive vs. Colorado, while the Rapids have won the last two meetings at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The visiting team has won just twice in the all-time series, the Rapids winning in Portland on June 11, 2011 before a Timbers victory in Commerce City on May 30, 2015.

Los Angeles Football Club vs. D.C. United, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • LAFC had their six-game undefeated run put to an end – losing for just the third time – falling 2-1 to the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Saturday afternoon.
  • Carlos Vela scored a goal for a second consecutive game, a fourth game in a row with either a goal or an assist (with two goals and two assists in that span). Vela has seven goals and five assists, involved in 12 of LAFC’s 23 goals scored this season.
  • D.C. United snapped a two-game losing slide and won on the road for the first time this season, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 at Avaya Stadium on Saturday evening. The win put an end to United’s away winless run after 10 games, their first triumph on the road since last Aug. 19, matching the third-longest away losing streak in the club’s 23-year history.
  • D.C. United have lost just three times when facing an expansion team for the first time over their 23-year history. The third came last year in a 4-0 defeat by Minnesota United (D.C. had defeated Atlanta United 3-1 in their initial encounter). D.C. United have also lost to Philadelphia in 2010 and New York City FC in 2015; all-time, United are 10-3-2 in first encounters.

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Sporting Kansas City vs. Columbus Crew SC, 6 p.m. (FS1 / FOX Deportes)

  • Sporting saw their two-game winning run put to an end but still extended their undefeated streak, gaining a 1-1 draw with Minnesota United FC at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
  • Crew SC won a third game in a row and extended their undefeated run to six games, getting the game’s lone goal from Lalas Abubakar for a win against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Zack Steffen made six saves in recording a fourth consecutive shutout. Crew SC have now not allowed a goal in their last 405 minutes – nine minutes away from the longest shutout streak in the club’s 23-year history.
  • The teams reached a 1-1 draw in their lone meeting a season ago, Sept. 10 at Mapfre Stadium. Crew SC have won once at home in the last six meetings between the teams in Columbus, a 3-2 win on Aug. 22, 2015, which snapped a five-game Sporting winning streak (and six-game undefeated streak) in the all-time series.
  • Sporting have won the last four meetings in Kansas City, including a 3-2 win on July 3, 2016 in the last matchup at Children’s Mercy Park. The last Columbus victory in Kansas City came July 28, 2012.

 

Red Bulls star Bradley Wright-Phillips named MLS Alcatel Player of the Week

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NEW YORK (Wednesday, May 23, 2018) – New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips was voted the Alcatel Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 12th week of the 2018 MLS season.

New York defeated Atlanta United 3-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday behind a Wright-Phillips brace. The Englishman is now tied for the Golden Boot lead with eight goals scored in 10 matches played, while his five assists tie for fifth in the league. The Red Bulls sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 21 points (7-3-0 overall record).

Wright-Phillips gave New York a 2-1 lead with a sensational header from the center of the box in the 51st minute, redirecting a Michael Murillo cross to the left side of goal past goalkeeper Brad Guzan (Watch Goal).

Minutes later, Wright-Phillips struck again with yet another header to give the Red Bulls a 3-1 advantage in the 55th minute. Alejandro Romero Gamarra sent a cross into the center of the box, with Wright-Phillips elevating to head the ball off the crossbar into goal (Watch Goal). The multi-goal performance was the second this season for Wright-Phillips and the 20th in his MLS regular season career.

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.

Crew SC’s Gyasi Zardes recent MLS Alcatel Player of the Week

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NEW YORK (Tuesday, May 15, 2018) – Columbus Crew SC forward Gyasi Zardes was voted the Alcatel Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 11th week of the 2018 MLS season.

Columbus defeated the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Wednesday at MAPFRE Stadium behind a Zardes goal, with the 26-year-old scoring two more times in Saturday’s 3-0 home victory over the Chicago Fire. With the three scores this week, Zardes is now tied for the Golden Boot lead with eight goals scored in 12 matches played this season. Columbus sits in second place in the Eastern Conference with 21 points (6-3-3 overall record).

The U.S. Men’s National Team member would score the only goal in Crew SC’s victory over Philadelphia, finding the ball in front of goal off a defensive deflection to finish with a left-footed tap-in from close range for a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute (Watch Goal).

Zardes continued to show his scoring prowess three days later, giving Columbus a 2-0 advantage in the 50th minute with a left-footed touch from right in front of goal, set up by Niko Hansen’s sideline run (Watch Goal). Crew SC would take a 3-0 lead in the 70th minute when Ricardo Clark passed the ball into the box, with Mike Grella faking a shot to leave enough open space for Zardes to send a right-footed blast just inside the right post (Watch Goal ). The multi-goal performance was the second of the season and sixth in Zardes’ MLS career.

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.

 

MLS announces Crew SC’s Gyasi Zardes as Player of the Week

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Gyasi Zardes

Zardes named MLS Player of the Week for Week 11 after scoring three goals in two matches and helping Crew SC earn consecutive wins

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew this past week announced that forward Gyasi Zardes was voted Alcatel Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 11 of the 2018 MLS season. It is the first Player of the Week honor for Zardes, as well as the first such honor for the Black & Gold this season.

 

Zardes earned the award for Week 11, in which he played two matches in four days (as well as his third match in eight days overall) and scored three goals. Zardes scored the game-winning goal in Crew SC’s 1-0 home victory over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, May 9. Three days later, the 26-year-old forward registered a brace in a 3-0 win against the Chicago Fire at MAPFRE Stadium, including a 70th-minute strike which was nominated for MLSSoccer.com’s AT&T Goal of the Week. Zardes’ brace against Chicago marked the second time that the forward has scored two goals in the 2018 regular season, as he previously netted two strikes in a 3-2 home victory over the Montreal Impact on March 10.

WATCH: Zardes’ game-winning goal on May 9 vs. Philadelphia Union -  http://bit.ly/2jXynbn
Through 12 matches in the 2018 MLS regular season, Zardes has scored eight goals and is currently tied with Josef Martinez of Atlanta United FC for first place in the MLS Golden Boot race. Zardes’ eight tallies in regular-season action mark his second-highest goal output behind only the 16 goals he scored in 2014 with the LA Galaxy. Additionally, Zardes is the only player to have started every match for Crew SC and currently leads the team in minutes (1,058), goals (eight), shots (26) and shots on target (13). His two game-winning goals in regular-season action tie him with Federico Higuain for most on the team.

WATCH:
Zardes’ first goal on Saturday, May 12 vs. Chicago Fire -  http://bit.ly/2ICLKLV

WATCH: Zardes’ second goal on Saturday, May 12 vs. Chicago Fire -  http://bit.ly/2jZbSmm

This is the 53rd time in MLS history that a Crew SC player has been named MLS Player of the Week. Zardes joins current teammate Federico Higuain (three times) in having earned the weekly honor while a member of Crew SC.

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from the NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.

 

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