Sporting Kansas City forward Krisztian Nemeth was voted Major League Soccer’s Etihad Airways Player of the Month for May, MLSsoccer.com announced on Thursday. Nemeth contributed three goals and two assists as Sporting Kansas City went unbeaten in five matches by securing three straight home victories along with a pair of road results at each conference’s top team.
KRISZTIAN NEMETH’S MAY HIGHLIGHTS
Video: Assist (29′) vs. New England Revolution (May 20)
Video: Goal (39′) vs. New England Revolution (May 20)
Video: Goal (46′) vs. New England Revolution (May 20)
Video: Goal (19′) vs. FC Dallas (May 29)
Video: Assist (51′) vs. FC Dallas (May 29)
The 26-year-old Nemeth leads Sporting Kansas City with six goals in 2015, which rank fourth most in MLS through Week 13. Acquired during the offseason from Roda JC Kerkrade in the Netherlands, Nemeth is tied for second among all MLS newcomers with 14 points this season.
|1.||Sebastian Giovinco (TOR)||5||6||16||971|
|2.||Krisztian Nemeth (SKC)||6||2||14||812|
U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey (539 minutes played) and Nemeth (378 minutes played) were the only two MLS players with three goals and two or more assists in May. Nemeth also contributed three goals in April, including a 94th-minute game-winner at Sporting Park for his first MLS goal.
Nemeth joined the Hungary Men’s National Team this week for two upcoming international matches. Hungary, No. 43 in the FIFA rankings, will play Lithuania at11:30 a.m. CT on Friday in preparation for their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier versus Finland on June 13.
Nemeth is one of eight Sporting Kansas City players on the fan ballot for the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Votes are counted through July 3 via an online ballot, as well as social media posts and goals scored with eligible forwards in EA SPORTS FIFA 15.
Today’s recognition is the second straight MLS Player of the Month honor for a member of Sporting Kansas City as Nemeth finished ahead of Giovinco (TOR), Dempsey (SEA), Kei Kamara (CLB) and Chris Wondolowski (SJ) in the online fan vote. Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who has tied his MLS career highs with four goals and seven assists in 2015, earned the accolade in April.
KC All-Time Players of the Month (13)
April 2000: Miklos Molnar
May 2000: Tony Meola
May 2003: Preki
June 2004: Chris Klein
August 2005: Scott Sealy
June 2006: Jose Burciaga, Jr.
April 2007: Eddie Johnson
June 2011: Graham Zusi
May 2014: Dom Dwyer
June 2014: Eric Kronberg
July 2014: Benny Feilhaber
April 2015: Benny Feilhaber
May 2015: Krisztian Nemeth
2015 MLS Players of the Month
March: Octavio Rivero (Vancouver Whitecaps)
April: Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC)
May: Krisztian Nemeth (Sporting KC)