Orlando City SC goalkeeper Joe Bendik (right) is congratulated by defender Jonathan Spector after a win over the Colorado Rapids. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
NEW YORK – Orlando City SC goalkeeper and Huntington, N.Y. native Joe Bendik was voted Major League Soccer’s player of the month for April by members of the media, the league announced Wednesday.
The 28-year-old Bendik helped push Orlando to the top of the league standings with four wins in five April matches, ending the month with four consecutive victories.
Entering Wednesday night action, the Lions paced the Supporters’ Shield race with 18 points (6-1-0 overall record) behind a stout defense that has allowed five goals on the season, tied for second league wide. Bendik led all MLS goalkeepers with four April victories, while his three clean sheets this season, including two in April, rank second at his position.
MLS player of the month is voted upon by a panel of select national media members in a process conducted by MLS Communications.