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Jack McInerney named MLS Player of the Week

By Philadelphia Union



COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 6: Jack McInerney #9 of Philadelphia Union controls the ball against the Columbus Crew on April 6, 2013 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 6: Jack McInerney #9 of Philadelphia Union controls the ball against the Columbus Crew on April 6, 2013 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

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 first 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 ball in space and muscled himself past two D.C. United defenders to put the Union ahead in just the seventh minute of play. McInerney would net his second of the match in the 26th, pouncing on a loose ball in the box from a long throw-in from defender Sheanon Williams.