Giuseppe Gentile Named NASL Player Of The Week
Giuseppe Gentile of Puerto Rico FC has been named NASL Player of the Week after leading his side to a home win over FC Edmonton. Puerto Rico welcomes the San Francisco Deltas in Week 12 as Gentile looks to continue his form at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium.
NASL Soccer News: Puerto Rico FC forward Giuseppe Gentile has received North American Soccer League (NASL) Player of the Week honors after scoring a goal and adding an assist in his club’s 3-0 victory over FC Edmonton at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium on Saturday night.
Puerto Rico entered its Week 11 matchup versus the Eddies looking to earn its long-awaited first victory of the season. Gentile asserted himself early, finding the back of the net midway through the first half and assisting on another goal just three minutes later.
The 24-year-old forward collected the ball just inside the Edmonton half in the 25th minute and dribbled into the penalty area before sneaking a shot past goalkeeper Chris Konopka to the near post. The score was 2-0 shortly thereafter when another long run through midfield by Gentile set up teammate Pito Ramos. The Puerto Rican international trailed Gentile’s run and fired a shot into the back of the net from 18 yards out.
Gentile, who was born in Miami, has been in good form in recent weeks after netting his first goal for Puerto Rico in a 4-3 defeat to the New York Cosmos on May 14th. The club’s play has steadied under interim head coach Marco Velez who took over the coaching reins last month.
A former standout at UNC-Charlotte, Gentile signed his first professional contract with the Chicago Fire of MLS in 2014. Outside of a stint in Switzerland (where he holds dual citizenship) with FC Chiasso in 2015, he has played for several teams in the USL and NASL, most recently with Ottawa last season.
Puerto Rico remains home in Week 12 to host the San Francisco Deltas on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The match can be seen live on beIN SPORTS USA and beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
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