Jack McInerney Named MLS Player of the Week

Forward scored two first-half goals in win over D.C. United

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Philadelphia Union forward Jack McInerney has been named Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 8 of the 2013 MLS season.

McInerney scored twice in the first half of a 3-2 victory over D.C. United on Sunday, marking the second two-goal performance of his MLS career. After scoring in three straight games, the 20-year-old striker now leads the league with six on the year, making him the youngest player ever to hold the outright lead in goals in MLS. McInerney also leads the league in game-winning goals with three on the year.

McInerney opened the scoring on Sunday after he collected a through ball in space and changed direction slipping in between two D.C. United defenders and placing a left footed shot into the far post side netting to put the Union ahead in just the seventh minute of play. McInerney would net his second of the match in the 26th, with a deft first touch taking down a flick on header by Amobi Okugo from a long Sheanon Williams throw-in and perfectly setting up another left footed volley into the far post side netting

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. More information and membership information can be found at www.soccerreporters.com.

The Union (3-2-2, 11 points) travel north to face the New England Revolution on Saturday at Gillette Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET on The Comcast Network.