Gyasi Zardes Voted MLS Player Of The Week
Columbus Crew SC forward Gyasi Zardes was voted the 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. The multi-goal performance was the second of the season and sixth in Zardes’ MLS career.
Columbus returns to action on Saturday, May 19 to face the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+).
The 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.