Philadelphia Union Forward David Accam Named MLS Player of the Week
Ghanaian scores two goals, adds one assist in Union victory over Columbus, captures league honor for Week Four
CHESTER, Pa. (March 25, 2019) – Philadelphia Union announced today that forward David Accam was voted the Major League Soccer Player of the Week for Week Four of the 2019 MLS regular season.
With two goals and one assist, Accam led the Union to a 3-0 victory over Columbus Crew SC at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday, March 23. The performance was an emotional one for the Ghanaian, as it came shortly after the passing of his father, Michael Accam.
Accam opened the scoring for the Union with a deftly placed left-footed finish off the post in the 31st minute following a pass from Fafa Picault. 10 minutes later, Accam secured his brace and doubled the lead with a solo effort around three Columbus defenders and a near-post finish past Crew SC goalkeeper Joe Bendik. Just after halftime, the forward added an assist on Ilsinho’s goal, helping secure all three points for the Union.
The multi-goal effort was Accam’s second such performance in MLS over his career, following his hat trick on June 24, 2017 while a member of the Chicago Fire. He becomes the 10th different player in Union history to win the MLS Player of the Week award, joining Sebastien Le Toux (2010, 2x), Justin Mapp (2011), Jack McInerney (2013), Chris Pontius (2016), Roland Alberg (2016), Ilsinho (2016), CJ Sapong (2017), Borek Dockal (2018) and Jay Simpson (2018).
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.