Chicago Red Stars midfielder Sofia Huerta has been voted NWSL Player of the Week for Week 4 by the NWSL Media Association.
Huerta earns the honor after scoring two goals in Week 4 action. She scored her first goal of the week against the Houston Dash on Wednesday, April 18. Huerta’s finish was the game’s final goal and pushed the Red Stars over the Dash 3-0. Huerta earned her second goal of the year against Sky Blue FC on Saturday, April 21. Huerta scored just 44 seconds into the game– which is the fifth-fastest goal in NWSL history.
Huerta was key in helping the Red Stars pick up four points in Week 4. The Red Stars are now 2-1-2 and are second place in the league standings heading into Week 5 play. This is the fourth time Huerta has been honored as the NWSL Player of the Week. She is the seventh player in league history to earn the award on at least four different occasions.
Huerta’s goal against the Dash was also her first of the season. It came in the 74th minute off of cross from Danielle Colaprico. Huerta headed the service home for Chicago’s third goal of the night. The midfielder finished the game with five shots and four on goal, per Opta. She looked like she would get a brace on the night in the 79th minute when she struck the ball from a distance forcing Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell to tip her shot over the crossbar.
Before a minute even passed by on the clock at Toyota Park, Huerta had her team up 1-0 against Sky Blue FC on Saturday night. Huerta hit a right-footed cross that carried far post past Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan. Huerta’s goal is the second-fastest in Red Stars history, Alyssa Mautz scored in 40 seconds in 2013. Huerta and the Red Stars picked up a point at home in a 1-1 draw against the New Jersey side. Huerta finished the game with five shots and three key passes.
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.