Real Salt Lake star Sunday Stephen has been named in Major League Soccer’s Team of the Week for the most recent round of matches in the American top flight.
The Nigeria international delivered one of his best performances for the American soccer outfit, helping goalkeeper Nick Rimando to keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Nigerian-born Oguchi Onyewu’s Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The former Spain U20, U 21 player completed 27 of 34 passes, won three tackles, and four interceptions in RSL’s protective third and had two clearances.
Sunday, who was of Nigeria descent, was eligible to play for Spain under FIFA rules permitting players with double nationality and without a full international cap to switch allegiance before they turn 21.
After first showing up for the under-19 side, he was called by the Spanish U20 squad to the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada, a team that included Barcelona star Gerard Piqué and Manchester United’s Juan Mata. played in four games as the team exited in the quarter-finals stages of the competition.
In September 2010, Sunday Stephen was called up again for Nigeria’s 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Guinea and made his international debut in the game as the Super Eagles lost 0–1.