Howie and I have decided to start the Player of the Week back up with most of the leagues starting back up this month. That said, we decided to each pick one player for the past 2-3 months since we put it on hold back in May.
Howie’s Pick – Josh Gatt (Molde FK – Norwegian Eliteserien)
Player of the Interlude Season: Josh Gatt. With the Gold Cup over, major European leagues still in the off-season, and MLS teams distracting themselves with exhibitions against traveling European teams, it became somewhat of the Summer of Gatt in American soccer. The 19 year-old Michigan native, who passed on a scholarship at Indiana to play in the Austrian 2nd division before moving to Norway in January, scored twice while splitting time between rightback and right midfield as Molde, just 11th place last season, has made a run at winning the Tippeligaen, holding a 5-point lead with 11 matches to play.
Matt’s Pick – Matt Pyzdrowski (Angelholms FF – Swedish Superettan)
I always have a soft spot for goalkeepers and Matt Pyzdrowski currently has Angelholms FF in first place of the Swedish Superettan with 36 points. Pyzdrowski has posted four clean sheets this summer and hasn’t allowed two or more goals in each of his last 13 games, while Angelholms have allowed only 21 goals (tied for the fourth fewest in the Superettan) on the season.