Players of the Week - Week 17

As the Chicago Fire bested Orlando City, it was their speedy Ghanaian, David Accam, who stole the show. Playing a part in all 4 of the Fire’s goals, notching his first career MLS hat trick to move into a tie for 3rd in scoring as well as assisting Nemanja Nikolic’s league leading 14th goal, Accam’s performance is more than deserving of his first Total MLS Offensive Player of the week honour.

The Ghanaian wasted little time in front of the Bridgeview faithful, opening the scoring in just the 3rd minute with an incredible back-heel finish and bagged his a brace in the 8th minute. Had it not been for Bendik standing tall in the 42nd minute to deny him, Accam could’ve very well had a first half hat trick. Nevertheless, the Ghanaian continued his incredible performance with lovely through ball in the 52nd minute to split the defence and find a streaking Nikolic who made no mistake to extend his reign a top the Golden Boot race, 3-0. Just after the hour mark, the hat trick was completed from the penalty spot as Accam blasted a no-doubter past a diving Joe Bendik. A comfortable 4-0 victory and 3 precious points to remain just 1 back of Toronto for the Supporters’ Shield, all thanks to the lightning fast midfielder, David Accam.

C&C Music Factory’s hit album and song “Gonna Make You Sweat” debuted in December of 1990 and topped the US Hot Dance charts in early 1991. NYCFC defender Ben Sweat was born just 9 months later. Coincidence? Or a prophecy of how the young man would one day end the Red Bulls’ dominance in the Hudson River Derby? I’ll leave that up to you to answer.

As New York’s blue side took on “New York’s” red side at Red Bull Arena, Ben Sweat’s 1 goal and 1 assist performance helped earn his team a highly coveted victory against a rival, claim his first Defensive Player of the Week honour, and proclaim, at least for the time being, that #NYisBlue.

Sweat assisted on Jack Harrison’s incredible goal to open the scoring in the 33rd minute. He went on to score one of his own in the 65th minute to seal the deal for NYCFC. Ben added 1 defensive block, 3 interceptions, a clearance and 7 recoveries to make sure 2 goals would be enough. If NYCFC supporters start using that song to sing Sweat’s praises, I’ll take all the credit for coming up with the idea, just saying.