Ex-Celtic and Aston Villa man Shaun Maloney earns MLS Player of the Week award

The Scot grabbed his first MLS goal and assist in the Chicago Fire's 3-2 win over Toronto FC and take home week five's prize.

Chicago Fire midfielder Shaun Maloney helped his side to a 3-2 win over Toronto FC on Saturday with his first goal and assist for the club, and his performance proved enough to earn the Scot MLS Player of the Week honours.

Arriving from Wigan Athletic as part of the club’s dramatic offseason rebuild, Maloney failed to impress in his first three games in the States before heading off for international action with Scotland but returned to Chicago this past weekend with a bang.

In front of a home crowd, the Fire’s new number 10 set up left-back Joevin Jones’ 14th-minute opener with a clever backheel pass and then turned from creator to scorer in the second-half.

After going 2-1 down in the 54th-minute, the former Celtic and Aston Villa man levelled things up just two minutes later with a drilled shot following Harrison Shipp’s cross, before his team would go on to claim all three points through captain Jeff Larentowicz’s 68th-minute free-kick.

After starting the season with three consecutive defeats, the Fire have now turned things around with two straight wins and fans will hope that Maloney’s latest performance was a sign of things to come.

The 32-year-old had the option to return to the English top-flight this winter with Leicester City. according to the Daily Mail, before heading across the Atlantic and Frank Yallop’s side will need some Premier League-calibre outings from him in their bid to improve upon last season’s disappointing ninth-place Eastern Conference finish.

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