CONCACAF Player of the Week: Joel Campbell

CONCACAF Player of the Week
Joel Campbell
AGE 21

Olimpiakos 2-0 Manchester United
Olimpiakos 0-3 Panathinaikos

Some devoted Arsenal fans might've known his name, but Joel Campbell was largely unknown to English soccer fans around this time last week. It's safe to say that's no longer the case after the Costa Rican scored a stunning goal to put Olimpiakos ahead by two goals against Manchester United in Tuesday's round of 16 Champions League first leg.

American fans mostly know the Gunner loanee because of his theatrics, getting Matt Besler booked and suspended for accumulation by taking a blatant dive in a World Cup qualifier in San Jose (he was later reprimanded). The only drama Campbell injected last week was the good kind. "The Olympiakos attacker, on loan from Arsenal, nutmegged Michael Carrack in the most obvious metaphor of all time and curled a fantastic shot from 25 yards to give the Greek side a potentially vital cushion heading into the second leg," wrote Goal USA's Keith Hickey.

That he wasn't able to help the club secure a league victory Saturday will be of little consequence (it was the first loss of the season and Olimpiakos is 19 points clear at the top), especially if he can replicate his outstanding performance when Olimpiakos makes the trip to Old Trafford. If that happens, the 21-year-old might get called back to his parent club and be on the big stage far more regularly.

Congratulations to Joel Campbell, Goal's 12th CONCACAF Player of the Week winner!

  The Shortlist

Bryan Ruiz - PSV

Overshadowed only by his countryman this week, Ruiz's move away from Fulham has him on track. He's scored in the past three matches, including a late winner to lift PSV above Go Ahead Eagles, 3-2. The Ticos hope it carries over into not only this week's friendly, but also to the World Cup.

Andy Najar - Anderlecht

Najar didn't score but made a sublime move late to beat his defender and provide his teammate with an easy tap in to kill off the 2-0 Anderlecht win against Genk. The rest of his day was good enough to make a handful of Belgian league teams of the week.

Jonathan Moya - Uruguay

No, not that Uruguay. The 22-year-old Costa Rican has never been capped at the senior level but is making a push for recognition. He scored a brace in both a 2-0 midweek win against Puntarenas and Saturday's 3-0 triumph over Belén Siglo XXI. Oh, and he scored both goals in a 2-0 win the week before as well, but we don't count that one.

DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla

Coming on in the first half, Beasley scored Puebla's only goal and helped the team to a 1-0 win against Queretaro. It was a big three points for a team that's trying to make a push to get into the postseason.