Zach Steinberger Named NASL Player of the Month
Zach Steinberger of Jacksonville Armada FC has been named NASL Player of the Month following his standout month with five goals and an assist. The outstanding play of Steinberger, combined with the efforts of his teammates, has Jacksonville in second place and just two points back of league-leading Miami FC.
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The 25-year-old midfielder tallied five goals, along with an assist, in four matches in May, including a pair of consecutive two-goal games to close out the month. Steinberger’s efforts helped Armada FC pick up seven points over the four-game stretch, and in the matches where the former Butler University star scored multiple goals, the club claimed six of those points.
Steinberger, who currently leads the NASL in goals with six, kicked off the month in dramatic fashion. Down a goal deep into second-half stoppage time against the defending champion New York Cosmos, he struck a sensational volley past Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer to earn Jacksonville a point in front of its home fans on May 6th.
After a tough loss to North Carolina FC on May 13th, Steinberger came back with a vengeance on May 19th, heading home two first-half goals in Armada FC’s stunning 3-0 road victory in San Francisco. The following week, the 5-foot-11 midfielder again recorded a brace in the opening 45 minutes to help his club get the better of North Carolina on May 28th.
Steinberger’s recent burst of success has earned him plenty of league honors. In the two weeks prior to this NASL Player of the Month award, he was named NASL Player of the Week and was also listed on the NASL Team of the Week.
The Southern California native was with Jacksonville on loan last season, piling up four goals and four assists in 20 appearances for the club.
The ex-Houston Dynamo man also has a loan stint with Indy Eleven on his résumé. Steinberger scored twice for Indy in 2015, making 12 appearances for the club.
Kickoff for Jacksonville’s big match versus Miami FC is at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game can be seen live on ESPN3 (U.S.) and NASL.com (Canada).
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