Commerce City, Colo. – Omar Cummings is on fire, there’s no other way to put it. Today he picked up his third national honor in the last 30 days when he was named the Major League Soccer Player of the Month for September, as voted by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).
The Colorado Rapids forward scored six goals in the four September games he played in, as the Rapids posted a 3-1-1 record during the month.
“To receive this honor is great,” said Cummings, who earns his first-ever Player of the Month award. “This is something I have never done in my career before and it always feels good to be recognized; but this is also a reflection on how well the team is playing as we make our push to the playoffs. It feels good.”
The month for Cummings began on a positive when he was named the MLS Player of the Week after he scored twice in the 3-0 home win over Chivas USA on Sept. 4.
Following that game, he joined his national team, Jamaica, for a mid-week friendly against Peru in Florida, in which he also tallied with a shot from 22 yards.
Four days later, he scored one of the best goals of the year at New York for the Rapids, ripping a 35 yard left-footed blast that hit the underside of the crossbar on its way in. It was his 9th goal of the season, which gave him a new single-season career high, and the goal was later voted the MLS Goal of the Week.
Cummings continued his torrid pace the next week, scoring once and adding his first assist of the year in a 3-0 home win over the New England Revolution on Sept. 18. He left that game early after spraining his left ankle, and the coaching staff decided to give him a few extra days of rest therefore did not use him for the Rapids next game at Real Salt Lake, which ended in a 1-1 tie.
The rest appeared to help, as Cummings finished the month with two goals in the first 15 minutes of a 4-1 win over Philadelphia last night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Cummings’ has scored in five consecutive games that he’s appeared in, tallying seven goals during this span. His streak of goals in five straight games equals the MLS season-high set by Toronto’s Dwayne De Rosario in April, and is one short of the club record of goals in six consecutive games set by John Spencer in 2003.
He is tied for third on the MLS goal-scoring board with 12 goals, one ahead of teammate Conor Casey, and two behind League-leader Edson Buddle of Los Angeles.
Cummings is the fourth-ever Rapids player to win the Player of the Month honor. Conor Casey was recognized in May 2009, Mark Chung won the honor in July 2003, and Ross Paule won it in June 1998.
The MLS Player of the Month is selected following the last regular season game of each month by a panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.