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United Awarded Second-Straight Player of the Week for First Time in NPSL History

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: July 09, 2014

Lansing United forward Brian Cunningham has been named the NPSL National Player of the Week for the eighth week for the 2014 season.

Cunningham’s earned the award after putting together a seven point weekend last week. He scored a first-half hat trick in last Friday’s 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Saints and added an assist in Sunday’s 1-0 win over the Michigan Stars, setting up the lone goal.

This is the first time in NPSL history that a player from the same team has been named National Player of the Week back-to-back.

“I’m just glad all the hard work is starting to pay off,” Cunningham said. “I’ve been looking forward to something like that all season and I’m just happy it happened last weekend.”

The goals were Cunningham’s first in a United jersey. Cunningham, who served as team captain in Friday’s game for the suspended Matt Brown, entered last weekend with just one assist to his name.

“I remember saying post game that I treated it like any other game,” Cunningham said of his three goal performance. “Just prepare and put in the effort and sometimes you score and sometimes you don’t.”

Cunningham is the second United player to win a player of the week award, following Brown, who won the award last week.

Cunningham and the rest of the United team will be back in action this weekend, as they take on the Indiana Fire at the East Lansing Soccer Complex on Friday at 7 p.m. and Detroit City on Sunday at noon at DeMartin Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University.

“We are on a good run,” Cunningham said of the team’s play. “Everybody’s starting to click again. It’s not a long season, so mistakes are really magnified and now that we’ve ironed out everything, it’s starting to come together really nicely.”