MIAMI, Fla. (Aug 13, 2012) – FC Edmonton midfielder Bryan Arguez has been named the North American Soccer League Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
In FC Edmonton's match against the Puerto Rico Islanders on Sunday, Arguez was responsible for breaking up multiple attacking moves and maintaining possession for FC Edmonton. It was Arguez's defensive work that played a critical role in the buildup to his team's goal. Arguez made an interception in midfield before passing the ball to Kenny Caceros who assisted on Shaun Saiko’s match winning goal.
This past Wednesday, Arguez played a full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw versus the league-leading San Antonio Scorpions. Arguez played a key role in sheidling the back four and limiting the opportunities the potent Scorpions attack had on goal. For the week Arguez played all 180 minutes as Edmonton earned four important points in the playoff race.
Despite joining FC Edmonton on loan from the Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer just last month, Arguez has wasted no time cementing his place as the fulcrum of FC Edmonton’s midfield. He has played every minute of the six matches since his arrival.
Since returning to NASL (Aruguez played the 2011 season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers) his defensive holding midfield mindset and confidence on the ball immediately added a strong defensive and offensive presence in the middle of the pitch. Edmonton has only allowed five goals and lost just two matches since his arrival on July 9.
“It’s a nice compliment,” said Arguez. “I’m still getting comfortable with my new team but it’s always nice to get an individual honor.”
This is Arguez’s first Player of the Week award and the Eddies’ fifth league honor of the season.
|Rowdies Win Puts Pressure On Defeated RailHawks|
|San Antonio Scorpions 3 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1|
|Atlanta Silverbacks 2 Carolina RailHawks 0|
|Minnesota United 2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 3|
|Scorpions Hold Halftime Lead Over Strikers|
|Silverbacks Have Edge Over RailHawks At Halftime|
|Match Preview: San Antonio vs. Fort Lauderdale|
|Match Preview: Atlanta vs. Carolina|
|Rowdies Steal Halftime Lead Over United|
|Match Preview: Minnesota vs. Tampa Bay|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||6||3||2||1||3||11|
|Minnesota United FC||6||2||2||2||1||8|
|San Antonio Scorpions||6||1||2||3||-4||5|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||6||1||1||4||-6||4|