On Tuesday, Chicago Fire forward David Accam was rewarded as the MLS Player of the Week for his terrific performance against Orlando City SC. Accam got the MLS Player of the Week title for Week 17 by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).
Accam scored three goals and added an assist in Chicago’s 4-0 impressive win over Orlando City SC on Saturday at Toyota Park. He recorded his first career MLS hat-trick and became the seventh Fire player to ever accomplish such a feat.
The Ghanaian international, now tied for the league lead in combined goals and assists with 16 (10 goals, six assists). With 16 combined goals and assists, he is tied for the league lead with teammate Nemanja Nikolic and New York City FC’s David Villa in that category.
Accam’s first goal was a striking back heel in the third minute. He added his second goal just five minutes later, receiving a long pass from Bastian Schweinsteiger, rounding Orlando goalkeeper Joe Bendik and finishing with a right-footed strike. He completed the hat trick with a second-half penalty kick, not long after setting up Nemanja Nikolic’s league-leading 14th goal of the season with a beautifully-placed pass.
Accam and the red-hot Fire, unbeaten in nine straight games and sitting in second place in the Supporters’ Shield Standings with 34 points.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.