Daniel Royer scored six goals for the Red Bulls in July. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
NEW YORK – Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer was voted the Major League Soccer player of the month by members of the media for July, the league announced Friday afternoon.
The Austrian international scored six goals and added one assist in July, leading the Red Bulls to a 4-0-0 record while scoring a goal in every match. Royer ranks second on the Red Bulls with 10 goals to go along with two assists. New York sits fourth in the Eastern Conference standings (11-8-2, 35 points) and holds a league-best four-game winning streak.
Royer began the month with a penalty-kick goal in the 55th minute of the 3-2 victory over the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium July 5.
Following a two-week break due to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Royer connected for a brace in the 5-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes July 19. Royer scored a goal from a difficult angle in the 90th minute to extend the Red Bulls’ lead to 4-1 before adding another goal a minute into stoppage time after freeing himself of a defender with an athletic cutback move.
The 27-year-old midfielder scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-0 victory over Minnesota United FC July 22. He put the Red Bulls on the board in the 19th minute with a stunning long-range shot before finding Bradley Wright-Phillips with a downfield pass for a 2-0 lead in the 67th minute.
Royer capped his month with a brace in a 4-0 victory over the Montreal Impact July 29, opening the match with a penalty kick in the 23rd minute. The Red Bulls took a 4-0 lead in the 89th minute on Royer’s shot from the right side of the box to complete his second multi-goal performance in July.
The Red Bulls visit rival New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Sunday (6 p.m. ET, FS1/FOX Deportes/TSN2).
The player of the month is voted upon by a panel of select national media members in a process conducted by MLS Communications.