NEW YORK – New York City FC midfielder Jesús Medina was voted the Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.
NYCFC defeated the Montreal Impact 3-0 at Yankee Stadium oWednesday, with Medina netting a goal and adding an assist. Medina scored another goal Saturday night at the stadium when City defeated Columbus Crew SC, 2-0, bringing the 21-year-old’s season total to four goals and seven assists. NYCFC (12-4-4, 40 points) sits in second place in the Eastern Conference and maintains an undefeated 10-0-1 home record.
Medina opened the scoring in the 60th minute when he made his way past two defenders and took a shot from outside the box into the center of the goal (Watch Goal). Moments later, Medina assisted on Ronald Matarrita’s 65th-minute goal with a lofty cross to push the hosts’s lead to 2-0 (Watch Assist).
The Paraguayan international continued his scoring ways Saturday, giving NYCFC a late lead against Columbus. Medina capitalized on a Columbus defensive mistake when he received a ball in the box from Jonathan Lewis and finished with a left-footed shot into the top right corner of the goal to put the team up 1-0 in the 80th minute (Watch Goal).
NYCFC returns to action to face Orlando City SC at Orlando City Stadium Thursday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN / WatchESPN / ESPN Deportes / TSN 2).
The MLS player of the week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of NASR. The organization includes print, television, radio and online journalists who cover domestic men’s soccer in the United States and Canada.