Player of the Matchday

FC Cincinnati's Brenner named Week 17 Continental Player of the Week


History made? Check. MLS Week 17 Player of the Week presented by Continental Tire honors? Secured.

Brenner has earned the weekly award after becoming the first player in FC Cincinnati history to score a hat trick in their wild 4-4 draw against New York City FC on Wednesday night. The Brazilian forward has now scored in consecutive games after a slower start to his 2022 campaign.

The 22-year-old also had two goals ruled out, reflecting how dangerous he was at TQL Stadium alongside forward Brandon Vazquez and midfielder Luciano Acosta.

Check out the Young Designated Player’s “smarter choice” highlight reel below. His 30th-minute goal involved a remarkable scissor kick.

Brenner is in his second MLS season after joining Cincy from Sao Paulo for a reported $13 million. His 12 career goals are the third-most in club history, and he’s the first player in FC Cincinnati history to win MLS Player of the Week honors since they joined the league in 2019.

FC Cincinnati, enjoying a turnaround under new head coach Pat Noonan, will look to set a club record for the most points in a season when they travel to face the New England Revolution on Sunday (7:30 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+). They’re currently sixth in the Eastern Conference standings with 24 points from 17 matches, a far cry from their Wooden Spoon pace the last three seasons.

The MLS Player of the Week presented by Continental Tire for Week 17 was selected by media voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) comprised the entire vote for Week 17. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.