July 14, 2022 – Major League Soccer (MLS) – Chicago Fire FC News Release
Chicago Fire FC forward Jhon Durán
(Chicago Fire FC)
CHICAGO – Major League Soccer announced today that Chicago Fire FC forward Jhon Durán was voted the Major League Soccer Player of the Week presented by Continental Tire for the 20th week of the 2022 MLS season.
Durán scored his first career brace in the club’s 2-0 win at Soldier Field against Toronto FC. He is the second-youngest player (18 years, 212 days) in club history to produce a multi-goal game, behind only DeMarcus Beasley (18 years, 98 days), who did so on August 30, 2000 against FC Dallas. Since the start of 2020, Durán is the second-youngest player to score multiple goals in a match, with only Ricardo Pepi accomplishing the feat at a younger age (18 years, 169 days) when he produced a brace versus the New England Revolution on June 27, 2021. Among all current teenagers in MLS, Durán is tied for the most goals (three), assists (three) and goal contributions (six) this season.
Durán opened the scoring in the fourth minute after forcing a turnover in his own half, sprinting with the ball from the halfway line, and finishing it off with a perfect near-post effort that wrong-footed the Toronto goalkeeper. In the 16th minute, the Colombian completed his brace after Brian Gutierrez provided a spectacular backheel flick to Durán, who sprinted past a defender and curled his shot around the goalkeeper for a 2-0 Fire lead.
With three goals in 2022, Durán is tied with Kacper Przybylko and Xherdan Shaqiri for the most goals by a Fire player. Additionally, his three assists on the season rank as the third most by a Chicago player, behind Shaqiri (seven) and Gutierrez (five). Durán is the youngest player in MLS to lead his team in scoring and is the first Chicago teenager to score at least three goals in a season since Justin Mapp (three) in 2004.
Durán is the youngest player in Fire history to win MLS Player of the Week presented by Continental Tire and the first to do so since Luka Stojanović in Week 18 of 2021. He also becomes the youngest player to win MLS Player of the Week presented by Continental Tire honors since Ricardo Pepi in Week 15 of 2021.
Chicago will look to win consecutive games at home when they host Seattle Sounders FC at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 16 (8 p.m. ET, MLS LIVE on ESPN+).
The MLS Player of the Week presented by Continental Tire is selected each week of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.
2022 MLS Player of the Week
presented by Continental Tire Winners
Week Player Club
Week 1 Carlos Vela Los Angeles Football Club
Week 2 Lewis Morgan New York Red Bulls
Week 3 Dayne St. Clair Minnesota United FC
Week 4 Jesús Ferreira FC Dallas
Week 5 Javier “Chicharito” Hernández LA Galaxy
Week 6 Leonardo Campana Inter Miami CF
Week 7 Valentín “Taty” Castellanos New York City FC
Week 8 Cristian Espinoza San Jose Earthquakes
Week 9 Kamal Miller CF Montréal
Week 10 Ronaldo Cisneros Atlanta United FC
Week 11 Sebastián Blanco Portland Timbers
Week 12 Jamiro Monteiro San Jose Earthquakes
Week 13 Sebastián Ferreira Houston Dynamo FC
Week 14 Dejan Joveljić LA Galaxy
Week 15 Luquinhas New York Red Bulls
Week 16 Hany Mukhtar Nashville SC
Week 17 Brenner FC Cincinnati
Week 18 Taxiarchis “Taxi” Fountas D.C. United
Week 19 Julián Carranza Philadelphia Union
Week 20 Jhon Durán Chicago Fire FC
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