MIAMI, Fla. (Sept 10, 2012) – FC Edmonton Midfielder Shaun Saiko has been named North American Soccer League Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.
Saiko scored a pivotal game-tying goal with the last kick of the game versus Minnesota on Saturday. As the final seconds ticked away it appeared the Stars one-goal lead would knock the Eddies out of playoff contention with three games remaining, and would clinch a playoff berth for Minnesota.
However, Saiko had other ideas however and with the final kick of the game, the midfielder scored a bullet to keep Edmonton alive in the playoff chase and delay Minnesota’s playoff clinching celebration.
Saiko leads FC Edmonton in several categories this year, having played the most minutes (1,694), having recorded the most assists (5) and goals (7) on the team. He is also in the top five in the league in shots attempted (64).
Saiko, who was a member of the NASL Best XI in 2011, first earned the honour of NASL Offensive Player of the Week in Week Four after hat-trick against the Carolina RailHawks in a 3-0 win. That week, by fan vote, he also won the NASL Play of the Week for his hat-trick. He also won Offensive Player of the Week for a second time in Week Eight after his one goal and one assist game against the San Antonio Scorpions in a 2-2 draw. Saiko was voted by the media as NASL Player of the Month for May.