Simone Bracalello Wins NASL Player of the Month
Minnesota United FC forward Simone Bracalello named North American Soccer League Player of the Month for May.
The Genoa, Italy native scored three of his total four goals last month. Bracalello had two tallies, including the game-winner in the 3-2 road victory over the defending NASL champion Tampa Bay Rowdies on May 25.
Bracalello leads United in goals (four) and total shots and frequently conducts the offensive creativity as well as taking set pieces. He added three assists which ranks him second on the team to Pablo Campos. Bracalello’s four goals currently have him tied for second-best in the 2013 NASL Spring Season.
“It feels good because it means I am helping my team win games,” said Bracelello of the recognition. “More than that for me, it’s the team’s result that is important. If I get this recognition, and help to win the game, that’s what’s important. My teammates have helped me a lot. I have been more confident and I am playing better and this is a great reward.”
The striker, who has played in his native Italy and had a stint in Australia before coming to Minnesota in 2010, helped United win the 2011 NASL championship crown.
“He has had a great start to the season and has really contributed a lot,” said United coach Manny Lagos. “He has stepped up and has scored some great goals and had some great assists. It’s a great honor for him. Mentally and physically he has really embraced the leadership role and is really helping us out on both sides of the ball. He has really embraced working hard defensively, keeping us organized and compact. It nice for him to receive this recognition.”
Bracalello is the first United player to be awarded with the Player of the Month recognition.
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