MICHAEL ADUBATO - Wednesday, August 21, 2019
St. Louis native Eric McWoods was recently presented with the Player of the Month Award for the month of July for his outstanding contributions to his team, Trans Narva, in Estonia.
Trans Narva the team that sits on the border of the Russian Federation competes in the Estonian Meistriliiga, the country's highest league.
Narva had mixed fortunes last month, playing a total of six games, which included a Cup game and a Europa League home and away leg.
McWoods started his career off slowly, adjusting to a new country, culture and style of soccer. He bagged his first goal in March but didn't score again until a few months later. Then something clicked the following month as the young American turned into a goal-scoring machine bagging a hat trick a few days after seeing his team dumped out of the Europa League by Montenegro champions, Buducnost. He also found the back of the net on two other occasions.
"I would say that I'm satisfied with being player of month for July," the University of Missouri-Kansas City alumni told Yanks Abroad. "The team got back to winning ways (after the EL games) and I was happy to contribute to the team's success.
McWoods has now found the back of the net on 10 different occasions and has added a few assists along the way.
"It was a busy July with league play and also Europa League; also a lot traveling. But it felt good to win the award. Shows the hard work is paying off!"
Narva, who are currently in sixth place in the standings will stay at home this weekend as they welcome FC Flora Tallinn to Kreenholmi Staadion. The team from the capital are battling it out for the league title with FCI Levadia, so will be desperate to take all the points home with them.