Chicago Fire FC midfielder Luka Stojanovic has been named MLS Player of the Week for Week 18 of the 2021 season, it was announced Monday.
Stojanovic had two goals in Chicago’s 2-1 win at Soldier Field on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls. Both came inside the first eight minutes, giving head coach Raphael Wicky’s team their first win since July 7 against Orlando City SC.
This is Chicago's second Player of the Week honor this year after attacking midfielder Ignacio Aliseda previously won in Week 11.
The Serbian standout first rifled home a 20-yard volley in the 2nd minute, giving the Fire an early lead in the Eastern Conference clash.
GOAL: Luka Stojanovic, Chicago Fire FC - 2nd minute
The 27-year-old then punched home a long throw-in from defender Carlos Teran in the 8th minute, ghosting to the back post for what ultimately stood as the game-winner.
GOAL: Luka Stojanovic, Chicago Fire FC - 8th minute
Stojanovic now has five goals and one assist in 15 matches (eight starts) this season. He was signed ahead of the 2020 season after last competing for Serbian side FK Cukaricki, then missed most of last season after suffering an MCL tear in the MLS is Back Tournament.
Chicago return to action this coming Sunday when hosting the Columbus Crew (6 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+).
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of the vote. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.