Jonathan David, Evelyne Viens named Canada Soccer players of the month

Lille's Burak Yilmaz, left, and Jonathan David, right, celebrate after they scored a goal against Lyon during their French League One soccer match in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Sunday, April 25, 2021.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Laurent Cipriani

Jonathan David and Evelyne Viens have been named Canada Soccer’s players of the month for April.

David, a 21-year-old forward from Ottawa, scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory for Ligue 1 leaders Lille over defending champion Paris Saint-Germain.

Viens, a 24-year-old forward from L'Ancienne-Lorette, Que., recorded her first two international goals in back-to-back Canada wins before bringing her scoring touch to the National Women’s Soccer League.

David, who missed three games with a torn ankle ligament injury suffered in the PSG win, also scored in a subsequent 3-2 comeback win at Olympique Lyonnais.

His April 25 goal was his 11th of the Ligue 1 season, tying a record for a Canadian goal-scorer in a top-five men’s European league (Tomasz Radzinski scored 11 for Everton in the 2002-03 English Premier League season).

Viens scored in a 3-0 win over Wales on April 9 and in a 2-0 victory over England four days later. After joining NJ/NY Gotham FC, she kicked off the NWSL season by scoring the added-time winner in a 4:3 Challenge Cup victory over the North Carolina Courage.

Viens rejoined NJ/NY Gotham FC, previously known as Sky Blue FC, after scoring 11 goals in 14 matches on loan with Paris FC in France.

Canada Soccer Players of the Month

April 2021 — Jonathan David an Evelyne Viens.

March 2021 — Cyle Larin and Jessie Fleming.

February 2021 — Alphonso Davies and Shelina Zadorsky.

January 2021 — Cyle Larin and Ashley Lawrence.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 4, 2021.

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