Luquinhas celebrated his fifth goal of the season in the Red Bulls’ win on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the Red Bulls)
Red Bulls midfielder Luquinhas was voted the Major League Soccer Player of the Week for the 15th week of the 2022 MLS season, it was announced on Tuesday
Luquinhas scored his fifth goal of the season on Saturday in the Red Bulls’ 2-0 win over Toronto FC that saw them move into second place in the Eastern Conference. His five goals are the second most on the Red Bulls this season and are tied for the most by a midfielder in their debut MLS season. The Brazilian has scored or assisted in two-thirds of his starts (six-of-nine) and the Red Bulls are 4-1-1 in those matches.
With the Red Bulls leading 1-0 in the 56th minute, the team intricately played the ball from defense to attack, which sprung forward Tom Barlow whose effort was saved into the path of Luquinhas. The midfielder raced onto the ball a few yards outside of the box and carefully hit a one-time chip over a diving Toronto defender and goalkeeper for the second goal of the match (Watch Here).
Luquinhas is the second Red Bulls player to win MLS Player of the Week this year, joining Lewis Morgan in Week 2. Only the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes have had multiple players win the MLS Player of the Week this season. He is the first Red Bull player to receive the honor in his debut MLS season since Luke Rodgers in 2011.
The Red Bulls will look to win consecutive games when they travel to face LAFC at Banc of California Stadium on Sunday, June 26 (3 p.m. ET, ABC / ESPN Deportes).
Before that, they will host New York City FC in a quarterfinal confrontation of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
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 (NASR) 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.
|2022 MLS Player of the Week
presented by Continental Tire Winners
|Week 1||Carlos Vela||Los Angeles Football Club|
|Week 2||Lewis Morgan||New York Red Bulls|
|Week 3||Dayne St. Clair||Minnesota United FC|
|Week 4||Jesús Ferreira||FC Dallas|
|Week 5||Javier “Chicharito” Hernández||LA Galaxy|
|Week 6||Leonardo Campana||Inter Miami CF|
|Week 7||Valentín “Taty” Castellanos||New York City FC|
|Week 8||Cristian Espinoza||San Jose Earthquakes|
|Week 9||Kamal Miller||CF Montréal|
|Week 10||Ronaldo Cisneros||Atlanta United FC|
|Week 11||Sebastián Blanco||Portland Timbers|
|Week 12||Jamiro Monteiro||San Jose Earthquakes|
|Week 13||Sebastián Ferreira||Houston Dynamo FC|
|Week 14||Dejan Joveljić||LA Galaxy|
|Week 15||Luquinhas||New York Red Bulls
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