Sam scored goal and assist in Red Bull’s win over Sporting Kansas City.
New York Red Bulls midfielder Lloyd Sam has been named Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week for Week 23. Sam was on the bench for the Red Bulls’ game against Sporting Kansas City, and came on to inspire the travelling side to a 3-2 win in front of 21,304 at Sporting Park to put the Bulls top of the Eastern Conference with 38 points.
When Sam entered the game in the 60th minute for Eric Alexander to make his 15th appearance of the season, the scores were tied at 1-1. Sam was instrumental in putting the Red Bulls 2-1 up in the 63rd minute, sliding a perfectly weighted through ball to Fabian Espindola, who drove into the box and opened up his body to finish low past goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen. Six minutes later, Sam got his name on the scoresheet. The Englishman was able to collect a Jonny Steele cross on a counterattack, cut onto his left foot and put it past Nielsen. Sam was forced to leave the game with a left quadriceps injury in the 87th minute, but had done enough to win himself the award.
Sam came to the Red Bulls from Leeds United in England, having previously been on the books at Charlton Athletic.