This is Mukhtar's second Player of the Week nod of the 2021 season. Back in Week 13, he tallied the fastest-ever hat trick to start a match in MLS history during a blowout victory over Chicago Fire FC.
Nashville pushed their lead to 2-0 through an own goal off NYCFC's Vuk Latinovich just two minutes later that was forced by Mukhtar, who lashed in the cross that took a deflection off the sliding defender and into the net.
Mukhtar's heroics helped deliver a huge result for Nashville, who were playing without key contributors like Alistar Johnston, Anibal Godoy, Randall Leal and Walker Zimmerman due to international duty. Now, they've got some positive momentum ahead of a four-game road trip away from Nissan Stadium. Nashville SC currently occupy the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference standings with a 9W-2L-11D record.
Mukhtar, meanwhile, continues a stellar individual campaign. The German attacker is now up to 10 goals and eight assists across 21 league matches (18 starts).
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.