NEW YORK – It has been a memorable three days for Eric Calvillo.
On Saturday, the 19-year-old midfielder struck for two goals, including the game-winner, in the Cosmos’ 3-1 home win over Miami FC at MCU Park.
On Monday, Calvillo was honored twice — as player of the week. The North American Soccer League awarded him that honor, several hours after FrontRowSoccer.com named Calvillo its player of the week.
The Palmdale, Calif., native opened the scoring in the 64th minute when he rammed home the rebound that came from Ayoze’s penalty kick that rattled off the crossbar. After Miami’s Kwadwo Poku equalized, Calvillo scored again, firing a laser into the bottom corner of the net from 24 yards. Israeli international Kobi Moyal added an insurance goal.
Calvillo has scored in three straight games, including the Cosmos’ 2-0 victory over La Liga side Valencia CF in an international friendly in Canada.
The 5-7 midfielder recently has broken into the lineup for the Cosmos, who boast a roster full of experienced veterans. The U.S. youth international now has three goals and an assist in just five league appearances this year.
Calvillo signed with the Cosmos Jan. 15, 2016, making his debut later that year against Jacksonville Armada FC. He scored his first goal for the club Oct. 29 – a game-winner in a 1-0 win over Minnesota United FC.
In 2015, Calvillo represented the U.S. in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile, featuring in all three games.
The Cosmos head to Calvillo’s home state of California, paying a visit to the San Francisco Deltas at Kezar Stadium Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.