Lassi Lappalainen named MLS Player of the Week


He scored a brace in his first game with the Impact

MONTREAL – Major League Soccer announced Monday that Montreal Impact midfielder Lassi Lappalainen was named MLS Player of the Week for the 21st week of action.

Officially introduced by the club last Thursday, the 20-year-old Finland international earned his first start on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union, needing just four minutes to score his first career goal with the Impact. He finished the game with a brace, including the game-winning goal, and two shots on target, in a 4-0 win at Stade Saputo.

Goalkeeper Evan Bush earned the honour earlier this season, in Week 9.

The MLS Player of the Week is chosen after every week of play in the regular season through a popular vote and a vote from media representatives. Votes from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) make up 75% of the vote, while 25% is attributed to the popular vote.

Lappalainen, along with full-back Zachary Brault-Guillard, have been selected to the Team of the Week, while midfielder Orji Okwonkwo earned a spot on the bench.

Upcoming games

The Impact will head to the Rockies on Saturday, August 3, at 9pm EST, to face the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (TVA Sports, 98.5, TSN 690). Montreal will then return home for the first leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal on Wednesday, August 7, at 7:30pm against Cavarly FC (TICKETS – 98.5, TSN 690).