MIAMI, Fla. (June 18, 2012) – The NASL has named Fort Lauderdale Strikers defender Jack Stewart Defensive Player of the Week. Stewart made several key plays in central defense as the Strikers shutout FC Edmonton at Lockhart Stadium 1-0 on Saturday, June 16th. Stewart played the full ninety minutes helping to organizing the Strikers back-line that was reshuffled due to injuries.
“Jack had a really solid game helping to shut down a potent attack between Cox, Saiko and Porter,“ said Head Coach Daryl Shore. “I thought he was the leader of our back line on the night when we got a much needed win and our first shutout in a long time.”
The clean sheet for the Strikers was the first since the second week of the season against Minnesota. Stewart has played several different defensive positions for the Strikers and has played all 90 minutes in each of his 11 starts for the team. Stewart is a veteran professional having previously spent time with three different MLS clubs, two clubs in Scandanavia and two current NASL clubs. This is the first Defensive Player of the Week award for a Striker this season. Strikers’ forward Andy Herron has won two Offensive Player of the Week awards.