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Jack McInerney gets second consecutive Player of the Month award

May 31, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

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Thank you sir, may I have another.

“Jack Mac” is on fire, and the whole country is recognizing it. The 20-year-old striker cashed three more goals in five matches in May, earning him the North American Soccer Reporters Player of the Month award for the second straight month.

That gives him nine on the season in just 13 matches for the Philadelphia Union, tied for the MLS Golden Boot lead with Marco Di Viao.

McInerney’s three goals this month came in three different ways – a free kick, a header, and right-footed far post strike.

Two of those goals were the only goal of the match in 1-0 Philadelphia wins over Chicago.  That gives him 6 game-winning goals in the last two months.

It doesn’t count for the voting technically, but McInerney also scored the opening goal in Philly’s much-more-difficult-than-it-should-have-been win over Ocean City in the U.S. Open Cup.

The May vote was a little closer than April.  He nudged out Portland goalkeeper Donovon Ricketts by just one vote, and Tim Cahill and Di Viao were both two votes back of that.

  1. scottp11 - May 31, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Would someone mind enlightening me a bit more on Jack Mac’s overall potential? I simply do not know due to rooting and mostly watching the Western teams. Though his youth, newness, other Philly news, drama, etc. have been what little I know of Philly lately.

    Is he a guy who’ll be a Nats star? Europe or day? Or a nice, quality MLS striker like a Wondo or Kenny Cooper

    • ct14flyers - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      So Mac’s an interesting player. He actually is pretty solid technically. He won’t be that many guys for pace because he is quick in the box but not really a dribbler on the wing type. However he is really good with the ball at his feet and his passing and hold up play is much better than last year. His goal scoring is really good for such a young guy and will only improve. I don’t know if he will be a star for the USMNT but if he keeps to improve and play at his level of the second half of last year and so far this year, I assume he will play for us in the future. He will be better than Wondo but how much better I do not know. And Europe is a distinct possibility especially given that his size won’t be as big a concern as some people find it in the MLS.

      • joeyt360 - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        Yeah, he’s the classic fox-in-the-box type who doesn’t spend a lot of time in a game with the ball, rather does most of his work off of it, lurking to get a window of opportunity for a pass through or over. When he gets one, he reacts quickly, gets off a good shot.

        For what it’s worth a lot of these kinds of players have difficulty making the transition to the international level, where offenses have less intuitive chemistry and defenses play a bit more conservatively. But he deserves a shot to prove himself. I also suspect a not-too-shabby transfer fee is in store for him in the future.

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