New York Red Bulls Forward Lloyd Sam is MLS Player of the Week

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As if Henry, Espindola and Cahill weren’t enough, another RBNY forward is getting in on the goals.

New York Red Bulls forward Lloyd Sam has claimed this week’s MLS Player of the Week award.

The news should be of no surprise to anyone who watched Sam’s galvanising performance at the weekend.

The scores were level between RBNY and Sporting Kansas City as the game entered its 63rd minute. Eric Alexander made way for Sam, who provided an assist for seven-goal striker Fabian Espindola with what was practically his first touch.

A mere six minutes later Sam wrapped the game up with a sumptuous finish on a lightning quick New York breakaway, the ball travelling from one goal into the other after only two passes in the space of ten seconds.

Sam was the definition of an impact sub, and the Englishman will surely be hoping that his performance will be enough to see him make what would be only his fourth start of the season when RBNY travel to Columbus Crew this Saturday.

Sam will most likely be best known to English fans from his seven-year spell at Charlton Athletic, which included a handful of appearances in the Premier League. After more than 100 appearances for the Addicks he moved on to Leeds United.

Whilst his form was inconsistent at his hometown club, he performed much better when sent out on loan to Notts County, his five goals in ten games helping County push for a playoff spot, which they only narrowly missed.

Almost exactly 12 months ago, Sam signed with the New York Red Bulls. A fairly serious knee injury sidelined him for the majority of what was left of the 2012 season, but he is now making a steady push for the first team.

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