Saturday, February 13, 2016

Union’s Jack McInerney named MLS Player of the Week

Jack McInerney scored two goals in the Union´s 3-2 win at D.C. United on Sunday. (Nick Wass/AP)
Jack McInerney scored two goals in the Union's 3-2 win at D.C. United on Sunday. (Nick Wass/AP)

For the first time since 2011, a Philadelphia Union player has won Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week award. Jack McInerney was voted as the league’s top performer by the North American Soccer Reporters, an organization of journalists acros the continent.

McInerney received 17 first-place votes and five second-place votes out of 27 ballots cast.

The 20-year-old scored two goals in the Union’s 3-2 win at D.C. United on Sunday. He leads MLS with six goals this season, and is the youngest player to ever lead the league in goals at any point in MLS' 18-year history.

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McInerney has scored six goals in seven games so far this year. That's just two fewer goals than he scored in all of 2012, when he was the Union's leading scorer.

Four of those goals have come in the Union's last three games. McInerney started all of them.

The last Union player to win the award was Justin Mapp in 2011. Sébastien Le Toux is the only other Union player to have been so honored, twice in 2010.
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