Isaac Addai has registered four goals and one assist in five matches. (Photo by Chris Aduama)
Boston City FC midfielder Isaac “Nana” Addai was selected as the 10th National Premier Soccer League player of the week Thursday.
Addai recorded a hat-trick in Boston City’s 3-3 draw with the Rhode Island Reds. Including Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup matches, he has started five games and contributed four goals and one assist in 478 minutes.
“I have to thank my teammates for helping me win this award,” Addai said. “I was very happy when I heard the news. Every week when we play in the NPSL we need to go out there with the belief we will score goals and win. We still have a lot of work to do and we can get better. I’m trying to get used to playing in a new position (wider in midfield), but I love it. I have a great coach in Palhinha and I’m learning a lot from him.”
Addai signed with Boston City FC last Oct. 21, 2016 from the Reds. The 22-year-old Liberian-born midfielder produced a stunning first season, winning the Golden Ball award as the 2016 MVP and was named to the NPSL all-star first team, alongside Boston City’s Michael Bustamante and Gabriel De Souza. He also finished the season as the joint Golden Ball winner, connecting 18 times in 15 games.
“Nana has played a part in all except one of the six league goals we have scored this season, so his importance to the team is very clear,” Palhinha said. “He waited patiently for his goals to come and we are pleased that he was rewarded with a hat trick against his former club and also this award. One of our offseason priorities was to sign Nana and it is already clear why we wanted him wearing a Boston City shirt.”