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LA Galaxy Forward Emmanuel Boateng Voted MLS Player of the Week

Contact: MLS Communications
LA Galaxy Forward Emmanuel Boateng Voted MLS Player of the Week
NEW YORK (Tuesday, April 19, 2016) – LA Galaxy forward Emmanuel Boateng was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the eighth week of the 2016 MLS season.
In his second start in a Galaxy uniform, Boateng’s incredible speed caused problems for defenders the entire match, with LA defeating previously unbeaten Real Salt Lake by a dominating 5-2 margin. An offseason signing from the top-level Swedish league, the Ghana native powered LA with one goal and two assists while playing a full 90 minutes for the first time in his MLS career.
With LA and RSL deadlocked in a 1-1 action packed match, Boateng proved to be the difference maker, notching his first assist of the season in the 26th minute. The 5’6” Boateng streaked past a defender down the sideline and collected the ball on the left side of the box, sending a perfectly placed cross past outstretched goalkeeper Nick Rimando for a Mike Magee volley and a 2-1 Galaxy lead (Watch Assist).
Boateng would score his first MLS goal in the 41st minute, as he slashed into the box and opportunistically found a Gyasi Zardes touch in front of goal, poking a shot past Rimando for a 3-1 Galaxy advantage (Watch Goal). Minutes later, Boateng capped a tremendous half with his second assist of the match, his hustle and speed again paying dividends for LA. In the 45th minute, Boateng lost his footing in the box but managed to send a pass from the ground to a waiting Giovani dos Santos, who then sent an amazing strike far post and into the back of the net, capping a dominant first half for Boateng and the Galaxy (Watch Assist).  
The LA Galaxy next travel to Children’s Mercy Park where they will take on Sporting Kansas City in Soccer Sunday action (8:00 p.m. ET., FS1/FOX Deportes).
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.