Yuki Nagasato has been voted Player of the Week for Week 10 of the 2018 season by the NWSL Media Association.
The Chicago Red Stars forward helped her team earn three points in Week 10 by serving a free kick that eventually put her team ahead early after teammate Sam Kerr finished the rebound, and then chipped in a goal of her own in the 48th minute. Nagasato and the Red Stars went on to defeat the Washington Spirit 2-0 on the night and improved to 3-3-6 overall.
Nagasato played all 90 minutes of the game and finished the match with two shots (two on target) and one chance created from 43 touches, according to Opta. It is the first time Nagasato has been honored as the NWSL Player of the Week.
Nagasato sent a powerful, bending free kick at Spirit goalkeeper Kelsey Wys in the 24th minute. Wys was able to make the initial save, but the ball bounced away from her and into the feet of Red Stars forward Sam Kerr. Kerr was able to finish the rebound to put her team up 1-0.
Nagasato would then get a goal of her own in the 48th minute. Red Stars midfielder Rosie White sent a ball into the box that Nagasato brought down and then passed to Alyssa Mautz. Mautz then played it back to Nagasato, who then struck it one-time with her left foot to make it 2-0. This was Nagasato’s second career NWSL goal.
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.