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New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Week
NEW YORK (Tuesday, July 25, 2017) – New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer was voted the Alcatel MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 20th week of the 2017 MLS season.
Royer had three goals and one assist in two matches last week, leading the Red Bulls to two impressive victories in the process. New York handily defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 5-1 at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday behind Royer’s brace before a 3-0 victory over Minnesota United FC at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday thanks to a Royer goal and assist. Royer has eight goals and two assists this season for a Red Bulls squad that sits in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings (32 points, 10-8-2 record) and is in the midst of a three-game winning streak.
With New York already holding a commanding lead against San Jose, Royer piled it on with a 90th minute goal from a tough angle to extend the Red Bulls’ lead to 4-1 (Watch Goal). Moments later, Royer would complete his brace, freeing himself of a defender with a sweet cutback move before placing a left-footed shot into goal to complete New York’s 5-1 victory in the 91st minute (Watch Goal).
The Austrian National Team player continued his hot scoring ways in the next game against Minnesota, sending a left-footed shot from long range past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth to give the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute (Watch Goal). Royer capped his tremendous week with a perfectly placed downfield pass to Bradley Wright-Phillips who finished with a right-footed shot to give New York a 2-0 lead in the 67th minute (Watch Assist).
New York returns to action on Saturday, July 29 when hosting the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena (7:30 p.m. ET, TVAS/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.