Laing stars with a brace

May 18, 2017
Jamaica's Lance Laing, front, and Argentina's Lucas Biglia, struggle for control of the ball during a Copa America Group B soccer match at the Sausalito Stadium in Vina del Mar, Chile, Saturday, June 20, 2015

NEW YORK:

Jamaica's North Carolina FC midfielder Lance Laing has been named North American Soccer League (NASL) Player of the Week after scoring a pair of goals in the club's 3-1 win over Jacksonville Armada FC on Saturday night.

Jacksonville, which entered the game with an undefeated record, got on the board first with an early goal, but Laing and his teammates took over from there. The former Harbour View player and Jamaican international curled in an effort from an impossible angle just before half-time to give North Carolina a 2-1 lead. He then doubled the hosts' lead in the 69th minute when he blasted home a penalty kick that he earned himself a moment earlier.

A native of Trelawny, Laing has kicked off the 2017 season in scintillating form. The 29-year-old midfielder has tallied a league-high four goals, along with two assists, in six appearances so far this year. He has been one of North Carolina's most dynamic attacking players, using his speed and technical abilities to create eight chances and send in 24 crosses through the first seven games.

Laing's early season success should come as no surprise to seasoned NASL followers. He is a three-time NASL Best XI selection, earning the honours twice with FC Edmonton (2014, 2015) and once with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (2011). Laing spent last season with Minnesota United FC.

Through eight weeks, North Carolina sit just three points back of first-place Miami FC in the Spring Season Standings.

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