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Chicago Fire forward Nemanja Nikolić voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Week
NEW YORK (Tuesday, April 18, 2017) – Chicago Fire forward Nemanja Nikolić was voted the Alcatel MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the seventh week of the 2017 MLS season.
Nikolić helped extend Chicago’s unbeaten streak to three matches with a brace in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution at Toyota Park. On the season, the Serbian-born Designated Player has four goals, tied for sixth in MLS. With the victory, Chicago now sits in third place in the Eastern Conference standings with 11 points and a 3-0-1 record at home (3-1-2 overall record).
A member of Hungary’s National Team squad at Euro 2016, Nikolić starred for Chicago on Saturday, putting the Fire ahead 2-0 with a goal in the 47th minute. Nikolić pounced on a deflected shot in the box, scrambling to beat goalkeeper Cody Cropper to the ball and sending a right-footed shot into goal (Watch Goal).
Nikolić would then notch the first multi-goal effort of his MLS career in the 73rd minute to give Chicago a 3-0 advantage. Making a run into the penalty area and sandwiched by a pair of defenders, Nikolić found a perfectly placed pass from David Accam and fired a right-footed shot past a charging Cropper into the back of the net (Watch Goal).
The Chicago Fire return to action this Friday, April 22 when it travels to take on Toronto FC at BMO Field (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN 4/5; MLS Live).
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.