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Former League of Ireland striker rewarded for magnificent season in US and named in Best XI

Eamon Zayed has been included alongside Joe Cole in the NASL’s Team of the Year.

IT’S BEEN A superb campaign for Eamon Zayed in the North American Soccer League (NASL).

The former Bray Wanderers, Derry City and Drogheda United striker only moved to the US in January when he was signed by the Indy Eleven franchise based in Indianapolis.

Plying their trade in the second tier of the North American football pyramid, the side have enjoyed an unexpectedly exciting campaign with Zayed at the centre of it.

He’s racked up 15 goals in the league – a tally that saw Indy claim the Spring title and finish second in the Fall table (the NASL season is split in two) to ensure their place in this year’s play-offs.

Last week, they got the better of FC Edmonton and are currently preparing to face the iconic New York Cosmos in the 2016 NASL championship decider in Queens on Sunday.

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Zayed has been given the perfect start to what will hopefully be a triumphant weekend for him and his team, who also boast Corkman Colin Falvey as their captain, by being included in the NASL’s Team of the Year.

He’s been selected alongside former Chelsea and England star Joe Cole, who enjoyed an eye-catching campaign with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Also included is Juan Arango, formerly of Borussia Monchengladbach, who Zayed will face in this weekend’s clash.

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