DIVISION 1: James Greco wins Round 10 Player of the Week

By Ralph 'Onz' Chery

Central Park Rangers Whites midfielder James Greco. Photo by Andrew Faherty/ Central Park Rangers Images

 

Dec. 8th, 2017

 

Central Park Rangers Whites midfielder James Greco was selected Player of the Week for the tenth round of the CSL’s top division.

Greco netted his first brace in the CSL against Doxa SC in a 3-2 win on Sunday.

“I wouldn’t say it’s my best performance [in the CSL] but it was a good performance,” the midfielder said, “especially we needed the win. We won, we got the three points.”

Greco’s first goal was a 62nd-minute penalty kick that levelled the scoring 1-1. And for his second goal, the 23-year-old hit a voluptuous left footed free kick up and over the wall and to the top left corner of the net from about 20 yards out.

Stephanos Hondrakis scored the winner for CPR in the 89th minute after Greco’s double guided the promoted club to a 2-2 scoreline. 

This win pushed the Rangers four points above the relegation zone and two spots up in seventh place.

Greco noted that Central Park’s victory over Doxa can change the team’s mentality for the remainder of the season.

“It gives us a lot of confidence going forward that we can win games,” he said. 

The former Quinnipiac University player leads CPR in scoring with three goals. Hondrakis expressed how valuable Greco has been to the team.

“He’s an excellent addition to the team,” the striker said. “He scored, I think, three goals so far. He’s obviously very talented so hopefully he’ll be doing more and we expect more from him ‘cause clearly he has a gift and the talent for it.”

 

Central Park Rangers Whites striker Stephanos Hondrakis. Photo by Andrew Faherty/ Central Park Rangers Images

 

Greco and his teammates will face amateur champions Lansdowne Bhoys on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Tibbetts Brook Park in their last league-game of the Fall season.

 

*Round 10 only had two games: NY Greek Americans vs Lasndowne Bhoys on Nov. 26th and Central Park Rangers Whites vs Doxa SC on Dec. 3rd.

 

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 

 

Week 6: NY Greek Americans left back Joseph Ruesgen-- 2 assists and a clean sheet vs Zum Schneider F.C 03

 

Week 7: Cedar Stars Academy attacking midfielder Christopher Katona-- 3 goals, 3 assists vs Doxa SC

 

Week 8: Cedar Stars Academy attacking midfielder Christopher Katona-- 2 goals, 2 assists vs Zum Schneider F.C

 

Week 9: Cedar Stars Academy attacking midfielder Christopher Katona-- 6 goals vs Manhattan Kickers

 

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