Jacen Russell-Rowe today was voted the MLS NEXT Pro Player of the Month for May 2022. Winners of the MLS NEXT Pro monthly awards are voted on by a panel including the MLSNEXTPro.com editorial team, League personnel, announcers and MLS NEXT Pro clubs.
The Columbus Crew 2 forward went on a six-match scoring streak, scoring in three of Crew 2's four matches during the month of May. Russell Rowe’s performances even saw him earn a short-term loan agreement to the first team.
The 19-year-old scored three goals on seven shots in three matches while tallying one assist in the process. The Canadian striker was one of six nominees for the League award, along with fellow Crew 2 forward Noah Fuson, who scored three goals and provided two assists for the Black & Gold during May.
“It's an honor, honestly, to be the second Player of the Month in MLS NEXT Pro," Russell-Rowe said. "It was definitely one of my personal goals before the season to at least be Player of the Month once. Now we work towards another one and more wins for the team.”
Russell-Rowe began June on the right foot, as the forward scored a goal and provided an assist during yesterday's 4-2 victory over Chicago Fire FC II.
Up next, Crew 2 hosts Inter Miami CF II at Historic Crew Stadium on Thursday, June 9 [7:00 p.m. ET / MLSNEXTPro.com (stream)].