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Philadelphia Union midfielder Ilsinho voted MLS Player of the Week

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Philadelphia Union midfielder Ilsinho voted MLS Player of the Week
 
NEW YORK (Tuesday, July 12, 2016) – Philadelphia Union midfielder Ilsinho was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 18th week of the 2016 MLS season.
 
An offseason signing from Ukrainian power Shakhtar Donetsk, Ilsinho opened his MLS scoring account in style with a brace, leading Philadelphia to a dominant 3-0 victory over rival D.C. United at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday. A Bronze medal winner with his native Brazil at the 2008 Olympics, Ilsinho has two goals scored and one assist in 14 matches played this season. Philadelphia now sits in second place in the Eastern Conference standings (29 points, 8-6-5), one point behind New York City FC with one game in hand.
 
With the Union already holding a one goal advantage, Ilsinho helped double the lead by drawing a penalty kick after being fouled by D.C. United midfielder Marcelo Sarvas inside the box (Watch Foul). Ilsinho was rewarded for his efforts as he scored his first career MLS goal with an accurately placed penalty kick past goalkeeper Bill Hamid to give the Union a 2-0 lead in the 37th minute (Watch Goal).
 
The one-time UEFA Cup winner completed his brace right out the gate in the second half, as Ilsinho found himself alone with the ball off a deflected header inside the area and rocketed a shot into the back of the net to give Philadelphia a 3-0 advantage in the 47th minute (Watch Goal). The goal is one of eight nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week.
 
Philadelphia next hosts New York Red Bulls at Talen Energy Stadium on Sunday, July 17 (7 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.