NY Greek Americans left back Joseph Ruesgen in a game against NY Athletic Club. Photo by Dinos Avlonitis
Oct. 28th, 2017
For the past two weeks a player who competed against NY Greek Americans won Player of the Week but this round their left back Joseph Ruesgen won the accolade for providing two assists and contributing in his side's clean sheet in a 4-0 win over Zum Schneider F.C.
"Just to be nominated is a great achievement for me," Ruesgen said. "I consider myself a role player who just does his job to help the team. To have a strong performance and have it recognized is something I am very pleased with and I'm proud that my coaches felt I was worth the nomination for the player of the week. It's always nice to score or assist and keep a clean sheet, but as long as the team wins and I can do my part then I am always happy."
The Scottish is the first defender to be nominated as the week's top performer in the modern era.
"Being the first defender to win the award is a nice little touch," Ruesgen said. "It's usually the forwards and midfielders that get all the plaudits so it's nice to have a little recognition for the work that we do back there. With some many great defenders in our team and in the league in general, it's nice to know that I am competing with the top players in my position."
The 33-year-old's first assist was a free-kick that Marius Flatebo headed in the net. And his second was a corner kick his fellow defender John Sabal knocked past the opposing keeper with a header.
Ruesgen was pleased of his assist. "Assists are great and you always get a good feeling knowing you had a hand in the goal. Hopefully we can keep this up as we have been very dangerous on set pieces this season."
The NYU men's soccer assistant coach also praised his teammates for their ability to score from set pieces.
"We have such big, powerful players that are great in the air," Ruesgen said, "so as long as you deliver a ball with some decent quality, you have a good chance to score."
The left back helped NY Greeks tally their second clean sheet in five league-games.
"I am very happy with the fact that we kept a cleansheet," Ruesgen said. "As a defender, that is our first priority. We have enough quality in our attack that we can always grab a goal, so if we keep it tight at the back we know we will always be in with a chance to win the game. The end of last season [they won the league then] was built on strong team defending so we certainly emphasize and take pride in not conceding."
Ruesgen will be in action again on Sunday as NY Greeks host second placed NY Athletic Club at the Met Oval at 9:00 p.m.
Past Player of the Week Winners
Week 1: Lansdowne Bhoys striker Ovan Oakley-- 2 goals, 1 assist vs Central Park Rangers Whites
Week 2: Cedar Stars Academy striker Paul Nittoli-- 2 goals vs NY Pancyprian Freedoms
Week 3: Central Park Rangers Whites midfielder Idy Watt-- 2 goals vs NY Athletic Club
Week 4: Manhattan Kickers striker Mahamadou "Remi" Diaby-- 2 goals, 1 assist vs NY Greek Americans
Week 5: NY Pancyprian Freedoms midfielder Adam Himeno-- 1 goal, 1 assist vs NY Greek Americans