Toronto FC defender Richie Laryea named MLS Week 14 Player of the Week

Toronto FC right full-back Richie Laryea has been named as the Major League Soccer (MLS) Week 14 Player of the Week after helping his Canadian side to a massive 3-1 victory over league leaders Columbus Crew.

In a superlative performance, Laryea scored one goal and provided two assists in that all-important victory that improved Toronto FC’s standings on the Eastern Conference table.

The 25-year-old defender was a nightmare for Columbus on the right side as he contributed to Jozy Altidore’s equalizing goal and that of Alejandro Pozuelo before embarking on another solo run to score a spectacular goal that sealed the victory for Toronto.

In a post-match interview, Laryea attributed his performance in particular and the performance of the team in general to good teamwork.

“I have a lot of confidence in myself, my teammates have a lot of confidence in me and I also have a lot of confidence in the team so these performances are not by myself but it is the team trying to challenge each other in order to step up in big games and big moments”, Laryea noted.

Laryea’s teammate Alejandro Pozuelo came second with Jordan Morris of Seattle Sounders placing third in the vote.

The North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) accounts for 75 percent of the balloting, and fans account for 25 percent by participating in a twitter poll run by the league. Fans choose from four candidates, picked by the league's website staff. Each group's ballots are tallied and weighted to pick the overall winner.
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