Daniel Royer celebrates one of his goals against San Jose. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week by the North American Soccer Reporters, it was announced Tuesday.
Royer recorded three goals and one assist in two matches last week, leading the Red Bulls to two impressive victories in the process.
New York defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 5-1 at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday behind Royer’s brace before a 3-0 victory over Minnesota United FC at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday behind a Royer goal and assist. Royer has eight goals and two assists this season for a Red Bulls squad that sits in fifth place in the Eastern Conference (10-8-2, 32 points) and is in the midst of a three-game winning streak.
With the Red Bulls already holding a commanding lead against San Jose, Royer added 90th-minute goal from a tough angle to extend the Red Bulls’ lead to 4-1. Moments later, Royer would complete his brace, freeing himself of a defender with a sweet cutback move before placing a left-footed shot into goal to complete New York’s 5-1 victory in the 91st minute.
The Austrian international continued his torrid streak against Minnesota, sending a left-footed shot from long range past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth to give the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute. Royer capped his tremendous week with a perfectly placed downfield pass to Bradley Wright-Phillips who finished with a right-footed shot to give New York a 2-0 lead in the 67th minute.
New York hosts the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The MLS player of the week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.