Jacksonville Armada FC midfielder Zach Steinberger Monday named North American Soccer League player of the week after stealing the show in a 3-0 road win over the San Francisco Deltas at Kezar Stadium Friday night.
Steinberger scored twice in the opening half to set Armada FC on its way and added an assist in the final half. The 25-year-old midfielder’s performance put him in a tie for the league goal-scoring lead with four.
Jacksonville came close to scoring earlier in the game, but Steinberger finally broke the deadlock in the 28th minute when he headed home Drew Beckie’s cross from the right side. On the stroke of halftime, the visitors received a second score from Steinberger, who used his head again to find the back of the net. Former Cosmos Jemal Johnson was the provider in the 45th minute, lofting in a cross from the left side that Steinberger buried.
With a 2-0 lead midway through the second half, Armada FC grabbed a third goal. The Butler University product threaded a pass behind the San Francisco defense to Derek Gebhard, who curled a shot over the head of goalkeeper Romuald Peiser.
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Steinberger is off to a sizzling start in his first full season with Armada FC. The 5-11 midfielder joined the club on loan last June and registered four goals and four assists in 20 appearances in 2016. Under contract with Armada FC, Steinberger already has matched his goal total from last season.
The former Houston Dynamo man is no stranger to the NASL. He also has a loan stint with Indy Eleven on his résumé. Steinberger scored twice for Indy in 2015, making 12 appearances for the club.
Steinberger was a prominent youth player in Orange County before moving onto the IMG Academy and ultimately Europe. He spent 2009 with FC VSS Kosice and 2010-2011 with German side Karlsruher SC prior to playing in college at Butler in Indianapolis.
Jacksonville returns home to host red-hot North Carolina FC at Hodges Stadium Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. The game can be seen live on ESPN3 (U.S.) and NASL.com (Canada).