Indy Eleven’s Jon Busch Named NASL Player of the Week
Jon Busch of Indy Eleven has received NASL Player of the Week honors after leading his side to a victory over North Carolina FC. The 40-year-old spent 14 seasons in MLS as he continues his playing career in the notable second tier professional men’s soccer league.
NASL Soccer News: Jon Busch has recorded some incredible goalkeeping performances over the course of his 21-year professional career with Saturday’s win over North Carolina FC no exception. The Indy Eleven goalkeeper was named North American Soccer League (NASL) Player of the Week following his six-save performance at WakeMed Soccer Park during Week 14.
The 40-year-old veteran shook off North Carolina’s early lead over the Boys in Blue in a 2-1 victory on the road. Busch made six saves in the game, including an incredible double-save to deny Billy Schuler and Saeed Robinson in the 61st minute.
Indy Eleven recorded their second consecutive win against North Carolina. The club is now just two points shy of fifth-place North Carolina with three games to play in the Spring Season. While Indy doesn’t have a shot at the Spring Season title, which the club took home last year, Tim Hankinson’s side can put itself in a good position going into the Fall Season when the Combined Standings are accounted for.
Busch had an exceptional two weeks as well. The Queens, N.Y., native only conceded once in his last two games, recording 11 saves in the process.
Now third in the league in saves, Busch signed with Indy prior to the 2016 campaign. In his first season with the club, he reached The Championship Final, where Indy fell on penalty kicks. Since joining the Boys in Blue, Busch has started 41 league matches.
Before signing with Indy, Busch spent 14 seasons in MLS with the Columbus Crew, Chicago Fire, and San Jose Earthquakes. He played in the A-League prior to that, suiting up for the Worcester Wildfire, Carolina Dynamo, Hampton Roads Mariners, and Hershey Wildcats.
Indy will remain on the road in Week 15 as they face the New York Cosmos in a rematch of The Championship Final from last year on the Fourth of July (Tuesday). Kickoff at Brooklyn’s MCU Park is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen live on beIN SPORTS USA and beIN SPORTS CONNECT.