Former Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo scored twice for the Revs Saturday and won MLS player of the week Tuesday. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
Tuesday certainly was a good day for a pair of former Red Bulls forwards who had a good day on Saturday. Those two strikers were selected as players of the week in their respective leagues — Juan Agudelo and Corey Hertzog.
Agudelo was award his honor by Major League Soccer while Hertzog was feted by the United Soccer League.
The 24-year-old Agudelo scored twice in the in New England Revolution’s 5-2 win over Minnesota United FC at Gillette Stadium on Saturday to help the Revs earn their first victory of the season (1-2-0, three points).
It was Agudelo’s third multi-goal game of his MLS career, while the five team goals marked the club’s highest scoring game since 2014. New England is 5-0-0 in its last five contests in which Agudelo has scored, dating back to last season.
Agudelo put the Revolution on the board in the fourth minute for a 1-0 advantage. Finding himself unmarked in front of goal, Agudelo headed a Chris Tierney cross into the left corner of the net past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
He struck again in the 40th minute to push New England’s lead to 4-1. Agudelo received a pass from Diego Fagundez on the left side of the field and made a run into the box, squeezing a right-footed shot through several defenders.
The video is courtesy of the Revolution’s Facebook page
The MLS player of the week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from North American Soccer Reporters. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.
Hertzog also secured a brace against his former organization, helping the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to a wild, season-opening 3-3 draw with the Red Bulls II in Pittsburgh Saturday.
He received 42 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Juan Caffa of Tulsa Roughnecks FC finished second with 29 percent.
Red Bulls II midfielder Vincent Bezecourt was named to the USL team of the week. He got his second season with the defending league champions off to a rousing start, scoring twice vs. Pittsburgh.