Freedoms' Himeno earns third Player of the Week

By Ralph 'Onz' Chery

NY Pancyprian Freedoms midfielder Adam Himeno celebrating a goal with his teammates. Picture by Dinos Avlonitis

 

By Ralph "Onz" Chery| @onz_11

April 9th, 2018

 

NY Pancyprian Freedoms outside midfielder Adam Himeno was selected Player of the Week for the third time this season after netting a brace and tallying three assists versus Central Park Rangers in a 6-1 win.

Himeno was delighted to win the accolade for a third time this campaign and, as he mentioned after his previous nominations, noted how critical his teammates were in him winning the award.

“I am proud to have win Player of the Week again but like I have said, I could not have done it without my teammates and their performance Saturday night,” the midfielder said.

Himeno was previously selected Player of the Week for scoring a goal and providing one assist against NY Greek American in Week 5 and for netting a hat trick versus the Greeks in Week 13.

 

NY Pancyprian Freedoms midfielder Adam Himeno won two Player of the Weeks versus the club's fierce rival NY Greek American. Picture by Dinos Avlonitis

 

The 30-year-old’s three assists against CPR last weekend were two square passes to ex-MLS Cup MVP Alecko Eskandarian and one to Luis Esteves.

“It’s always great to contribute in a positive way during a game and I’m glad that my teammates finished the chances,” Himeno said about sending his fellow Pancyprians players on goal three times.

The former St. John’s University player’s three assists against Central Park pushed him to eight CSL assists on the season.

As for Himeno’s goals, he scored a header from Esteves’ cross and a right footed finish via Daniel Bedoya’s free kick.  The Atlanta native hopped to third spot in the top scorers’ chart with 11 goals after his brace against Central Park.

Himeno was pleased to go on target 11 times this season and register eight assists in 14 appearances but noted that there’s more to be done as the season is not yet over.

“This season has been great for me,” the American said, “but we are not finished yet as we are going into the final phase of our season.”

The Freedoms have three matches left in the regular season. The club will take on Zum Schneider F.C on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. at Randall’s Island Field 70 before facing second placed Lansdowne Bhoys and ninth placed Doxa SC.

NY Pancyprians sits in third place in the CSL standings. The Queens based club’s potential opponent in the playoffs is amateur champions Lansdowne.

With only one league loss this season, Himeno expressed how important it is for the team to carry the form they’re in now into the playoffs.

“I think it's vital to keep up the momentum we've had this season into the playoffs to make sure we achieve the goal of winning the championship,” he said.

Cedar Stars Academy attacking midfielder Christopher Katona is the only player who owns more Player of the Weeks than Himeno, winning the accolade four times.

 

Honorable mention

Alecko Eskandarian [NY Pancyprian Freedoms]-- 3 goals vs Central Park Rangers in 6-1 win

Christopher Katona [Cedar Stars Academy]-- 1 goal, 4 assists vs Doxa SC in 5-2 win

Daniel Massey [NY Greek American]-- 2 goals vs NY Shamrock SC in 3-1 win

Michael Olla [Cedar Stars Academy]--  2 goals vs Doxa SC in 5-2 win

Bradley Johnson [NY Greek American]-- 10 saves vs NY Shamrock SC in 3-1 win

Paul Nittoli [Cedar Stars Academy]-- 2 goals vs Doxa SC in 5-2 win

Ovan Oakley [Lansdowne Bhoys]-- 1 goal, 1 assist vs NY Athletic Club in 6-0 win


Past player of the weeks

 

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 American

 

 

Week 6: NY Greek American 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

 

 

Week 10: Central Park Rangers Whites midfielder James Greco-- 2 goals vs Doxa SC

 

 

Midwinter make-up round: NY Greek American midfielder Colin Murphy-- 2 goals vs  NY Athletic Club

 

 

Week 11: NY Shamrock SC striker James Whyte-- 3 goals vs Zum Schneider FC

 

 

Week 12: NY Pancyprian Freedoms midfielder Daniel Bedoya-- game-winning goal vs NY Shamrock SC

 

 

Week 13: NY Pancyprian Freedoms midfielder Adam Himeno-- 3 goals vs NY Greek American

 

 

Week 14: Lansdowne Bhoys forward Mamadou Guirassy-- hat trick vs Manhattan Kickers

 

 

Week 15: Cedar Stars Academy goalkeeper Bryan Lopez-- 5 saves/clean sheet vs NY Pancyprian Freedoms

 

 

Week 16: Cedar Stars Academy midfielder Christopher Katona--    2 goals, 2 assists vs Zum Schneider F.C

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