SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Eduardo ‘Chofis’ Lopez has been named Major League Soccer’s Player of the Month for September after tallying six goals and an assist in six appearances during the month. The Quakes will make a donation to the United Farm Workers (UFW) Foundation in Chofis’ name in celebration of his achievement.
Chofis was named to MLS’ Team of the Week three times during September (Weeks 25-27), while earning MLS Player of the Week honors in Week 26 and also finishing as one of four finalists for the award in Week 25.
Chofis, 27, kicked off his impressive run of form with a hat-trick vs. Real Salt Lake on Sept. 15, scoring three spectacular goals including a rare gol olimpico directly from a corner kick. He then scored two goals vs. Austin FC on Sept. 18 to lift San Jose to the 4-3 comeback victory before tallying the game-winning assist and a goal in the Quakes’ 2-0 win over LAFC on Sept. 25.
His six goals were the most by any player in MLS during September. His six goals are also tied for the most goals scored by any Quakes player during a single calendar month in team history.
Chofis becomes the first Earthquakes player to receive MLS Player of the Month honors since Chris Wondolowski in May of 2019. He is the first Earthquakes player other than Wondolowski to win the award since September 2008.
Chofis’ performance in September propelled him to 11 goals during the 2021 regular season. It marks the most goals by a Quakes player in their first season with the club since Ariel Graziani in 2002 (14). His 11 goals are also tied for second-most by a Mexican player in their first season in MLS (Carlos Vela – 14, 2018).