The NWSL Media Association voted Boston Breakers midfielder Adriana Leon the Week 21 Player of the Week, thanks to her contributions in Boston’s 3-0 win over the Washington Spirit on the road.
Leon was clutch for the Breakers in their second-half offensive explosion, as she set up forward Natasha Dowie’s header in the 47th minute to open the scoring. Leon sent in a cross from the right wing, which Dowie finished off the the underside of the crossbar for what proved to be the winning goal. It was also Leon’s offensive pressure that led to the Washington Spirit own goal, as Leon was driving right down the middle to create a chance.
Finally, Leon scored her own goal of the match, and the Breakers’ third goal in eight minutes. Defender Brooke Elby sent a ball in, which came off the underside of the crossbar after a touch from a Spirit defender. Leon was making the trailing run to the back post and was in perfect position to fire it into the back of the net.
This is the second time Leon has won Player of the Week honors this year, which she previously won in Week 3 of the 2017 season after scoring a goal and two assists against Seattle Reign FC. Notably, Leon is also the only Canadian to pick up the honor so far this year as well.
Leon has scored six goals and added six assists this season, and is involved in over half of all Boston Breakers goals in 2017.
Leon helped the Breakers to their first win on the road this season, which also finally snapped their 10-game winless streak.
The NWSL Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis. For more information on the NWSL Media Association, follow them on Twitter.