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FC Cincinnati Forward Brenner Voted MLS Player of the Week Presented by Continental Tire for Week 30

September 12, 2022 - Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release

NEW YORK - FC Cincinnati forward Brenner was voted the Major League Soccer Player of the Week presented by Continental Tire for the 30th week of the 2022 MLS season.

Brenner earned his second MLS Player of the Week presented by Continental Tire honor of the season after scoring a hat trick and adding an assist in Cincinnati's record-setting 6-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, September 10. Brenner became the fourth player this season and the first in FC Cincinnati history to record at least three goals and one assist in a match. His three-goal performance marked his second hat trick of the season after he scored three goals against New York City FC on June 30. Brenner joins the Philadelphia Union's Julián Carranza as the only players in MLS this season to score multiple hat tricks. Additionally, Cincinnati scored six goals in an MLS game for the first time in club history.

With Cincinnati leading 1-0 in the 47th minute, Brandon Vázquez flicked on a header from a free kick, which Brenner took one touch with his chest and then volleyed it into the net from short range. After the home side added another goal to make it 3-0, he then added an assist in the 77th minute, placing a perfect pass in between two defenders to Yuya Kubo who finished the chance with a perfect strike into the side netting. In the 90th minute, Brenner's ferocious pressing paid off when he intercepted a pass from an Earthquakes defender, sprinted on goal, and chipped the ball over the diving goalkeeper. The Brazilian finished off his hat trick in the fifth minute of extra time after Cincinnati earned a penalty kick, which he blasted into the roof of the net to give the club a 6-0 win (Watch Here).

Brenner's 12 goals are the second most on the team, behind only Vázquez (16), and Cincinnati is one of three clubs in MLS this season to have multiple players score at least 10 goals, joining the Philadelphia Union and LA Galaxy. Brenner's 12 goals are already a career high, and he now has 20 in his past two seasons with Cincinnati. Among players that entered MLS in 2021 or later, the Brazilian forward joins LAFC's Cristian Arango (30), Austin FC's Sebastián Driussi (25), and the Philadelphia Union's Dániel Gazdag (23) as the only players to score at least 20 goals over that time span.

Brenner joins Nashville SC's Hany Mukhtar and the Union's Carranza as the only players to win MLS Player of the Week presented by Continental Tire multiple times in 2022. Brenner is the only player in FC Cincinnati history to win the award after doing so in Week 17 earlier this season.

Cincinnati will look to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games for the first time in club history when they travel to face Real Salt Lake at America First Field on Saturday, September 17 (9:30 p.m. ET, MLS LIVE on ESPN+).

The MLS Player of the Week presented by Continental Tire is selected each week of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio, and online media.

2022 MLS Player of the Week presented by Continental Tire Winners

Week Player Club

Week 1 Carlos Vela Los Angeles Football Club

Week 2 Lewis Morgan New York Red Bulls

Week 3 Dayne St. Clair Minnesota United FC

Week 4 Jesús Ferreira FC Dallas

Week 5 Javier "Chicharito" Hernández LA Galaxy

Week 6 Leonardo Campana Inter Miami CF

Week 7 Valentín "Taty" Castellanos New York City FC

Week 8 Cristian Espinoza San Jose Earthquakes

Week 9 Kamal Miller CF Montréal

Week 10 Ronaldo Cisneros Atlanta United FC

Week 11 Sebastián Blanco Portland Timbers

Week 12 Jamiro Monteiro San Jose Earthquakes

Week 13 Sebastián Ferreira Houston Dynamo FC

Week 14 Dejan Joveljić LA Galaxy

Week 15 Luquinhas New York Red Bulls

Week 16 Hany Mukhtar Nashville SC

Week 17 Brenner FC Cincinnati

Week 18 Taxiarchis "Taxi" Fountas D.C. United

Week 19 Julián Carranza Philadelphia Union

Week 20 Jhon Durán Chicago Fire FC

Week 21 Emanuel Reynoso Minnesota United FC

Week 22 Michael Bradley Toronto FC

Week 23 Gonzalo Higuaín Inter Miami CF

Week 24 Gyasi Zardes Colorado Rapids

Week 25 Alejandro Pozuelo Inter Miami CF

Week 26 Julián Carranza Philadelphia Union

Week 27 Dániel Gazdag Philadelphia Union

Week 28 Hany Mukhtar Nashville SC

Week 29 Hany Mukhtar Nashville SC

Week 30 Brenner FC Cincinnati

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