Harrison Named MLS Player Of The Week

Jack Harrison celebrates his first MLS goal.
Jack Harrison celebrates his first MLS goal.
Jack Harrison celebrates his first MLS goal.

It’s been a big week for New York City FC rookie Jack Harrison.

The midfielder was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters for Week 17.

Harrison continued the strong start to his first season in the Bronx, helping NYCFC to its first victory over rival New York Red Bulls on July 3. His goal and assist led New York City to a 2-0 win.

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The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, Harrison has excelled since missing the early part of the season due to injury. The England native, who moved to the United States at the age of 14, has produced two goals and two assists in his four starts for the club.   

Early in the game versus Red Bulls, NYCFC midfielder Andrea Pirlo sent a corner kick to a trailing Harrison, who avoided two defenders with a neat flick-on before firing a right-footed shot past goalkeeper Luis Robles for a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute. The goal is one of the four semi-finalists nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week.

Harrison then displayed his ability to distribute when during the 66th minute he ran down the right side and sent a perfectly weighted ball into the box setting up an easy tap-in for David Villa to put NYCFC up 2-0 over Red Bulls.

In addition to the weekly MLS honor, Harrison was also named NYCFC’s Etihad Airways Player of the Month for June. He scored his first career goal June 2 against Real Salt Lake and recorded his first MLS assist June 18 against Philadelphia.