Atlanta Silverbacks forward Ruben Luna scored the opening goal in his side’s first victory in six games and assisted on the game-winner to earn North American Soccer League Player of the Week honors.
The Mexican striker was on hand after 13 minutes of a 2-1 home win over the San Antonio Scorpions to score from close range and open an early lead then six minutes into the second half provided a perfect pass for Danny Barrera to double the advantage. Luna might have added to his haul, but missed a last-minute penalty kick.
“I want to thank the coaches for helping me since I’ve been here,” said Luna. “It’s great I was chosen, but it’s just something to be recognized for and nothing more. I was just glad to get the chance to play.
“It was the best feeling to score. It’s like getting 100 pounds off my shoulders, so it felt really good.”
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Ciudad Victoria, Mexico native Luna returned to the Silverbacks on September 5 having scored seven goals in all competitions during Atlanta’s NASL Spring Season title win. He had left Atlanta in July to pursue a playing opportunity in Europe.
The former member of Mexico’s U-20 national team initially joined the Silverbacks in 2013 after a spell with MLS side FC Dallas. He was an instant hit in Atlanta, scoring a total of seven goals in 13 appearances in NASL and U.S. Open Cup play.
Silverbacks coach Brian Haynes said: “First and foremost, his work rate was great and he sacrificed his body never giving up on the ball, and I am very proud of his performance. I wish I could give myself credit for re-signing him, but it was to see him step up and put the team on his back and score the goal.”
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