Kacper Przybylko tallied two goals and an assist last week. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
NEW YORK – Philadelphia Union forward Kacper Przybylko was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week for the seventh and eighth weeks of the season, it was announced Monday.
Przybylko helped Philadelphia to back-to-back home victories at Subaru Park last week, first scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over the Red Bulls Tuesday before registering a brace and an assist in a 4-1 win over D.C. United Saturday.
With four regular season goals, Przybylko is tied for seventh in the race for the Golden Boot. Philadelphia is undefeated in its last seven regular season matches and sits in third place in the Eastern Conference (4-1-3, 15 points).
Facing New York in the midweek match, Przybylko scored the game’s only goal in the 31st minute when he finished a Raymon Gaddis cross with a left-footed tap in from close range (watch goal).
Przybylko continued his hot streak against D.C., scoring a tap in a goal in the seventh minute (watch goal) and a right-footed shot from outside the box in the 16th minute (watch goal) to give the Union a 2-0 lead. The German-born striker added an assist on Brenden Aaronson’s 61st-minute goal to lift Philadelphia for a 4-0 advantage (watch assist).
Philadelphia continues action Wednesday, Sept. 2, facing Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+) and Saturday at the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+).
The MLS player of the week is selected each week of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.