New York, NY – Red Bull New York midfielder Lloyd Sam was voted the Major League Soccer Player of the Week on Monday for Week 23 of the 2013 season.
Sam came off the bench in the 60th minute for New York against Sporting Kansas City and provided a goal and an assist to lift his team to a 3-2 win.
With the game tied at 1-1, Sam set up a goal for Fabian Espindola in the 63rd minute, and he found the net himself six minutes later after taking a pass from Jonny Steele and cutting the ball back past a defender before beating Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
Sam is the second New York player to be named Player of the Week this season, joining Tim Cahill in Week 9.
The MLS Player of the Week award is selected each week by the North American Soccer Reporters. The group consists of members of online, print, television, and radio media.
2013 MLS Player of the Week winners:
Week 1: Mike Magee (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Week 2: Robert Earnshaw (Toronto FC)
Week 3: Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
Week 4: Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA)
Week 5: Will Johnson (Portland Timbers)
Week 6: Ryan Johnson (Portland Timbers)
Week 7: Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)
Week 8: Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union)
Week 9: Tim Cahill (Red Bull New York)
Week 10: Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Week 11: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo)
Week 12: Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)
Week 13: Marco Di Vaio (Montreal Impact)
Week 14: Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution)
Week 15: Olmes Garcia (Real Salt Lake)
Week 16: Kenny Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Week 17: Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Week 18: Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 19: Brad Knighton (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Week 20: Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Week 21: Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire)
Week 22: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
Week 23: Lloyd Sam (Red Bull New York)