Columbus Crew SC forward Gyasi Zardes was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week by the North American Soccer Reporters, it was announced Tuesday.
Columbus defeated the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Wednesday at MAPFRE Stadium behind a Zardes goal, with the 26-year-old scoring two more times in Saturday’s 3-0 home victory over the Chicago Fire. Zardes is tied for the Golden Boot lead with eight goals scored in 12 matches. Columbus (6-3-3, 21 points) sits in second place in the Eastern Conference.
Zardes scored the lone goal in Crew SC’s victory over Philadelphia, finding the ball in front of goal off a defensive deflection to finish with a left-footed tap-in from close range for a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute (Watch Goal).
He continued to show his scoring prowess three days later, giving Columbus a 2-0 advantage in the 50th minute with a left-footed touch from right in front of goal, set up by Niko Hansen’s sideline run (Watch Goal). Crew SC grabbed a 3-0 lead in the 70th minute when Ricardo Clark passed the ball into the box, with Mike Grella faking a shot to leave enough open space for Zardes to send a right-footed blast just inside the right post (Watch Goal ). The multi-goal performance was the second of the season and sixth in Zardes’ MLS career.
Columbus returns to action on Saturday to face the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+).
The MLS player of the week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of the North American Soccer Reporters.