Menace Intern Jordan Guy will bring you a new player spotlight each week of the 2013 season. Our first spotlight features forward Chris Harmon.Posted June 6, 2013.
The ball was shot. The goalie was there, but so was Chris Harmon. Crashing the net, Harmon drilled in the put-back goal and spotted the Menace the lead less than three minutes into last Thursday’s match in Winnipeg.
Minutes later, Harmon earned an assist when he pulled the goalie out of the box and played a perfect pass to Karl Chester, who finished on an empty net. Harmon’s stellar game earned him his first nod as Man of the Match, presented by Seneca Companies.
Harmon’s assist in the 11th minute is an example of his team-first mentality.
“I see myself as a playmaker,” says Harmon of his role. “I get others the ball in good position; it’s what’s best for the team.”
Harmon came off the bench for his first four games with Des Moines, before earning a starting spot on May 25 against the St. Louis Lions. Since then, he has started in three straight matches, including the Menace’s Open Cup tilt with Sporting KC on May 28.
This may have had some impact on Harmon’s team first mentality. Despite being among the leaders on the team in points, the Downingtown, Penn., native is quick to give credit to anyone but himself.
“I play on a great team with a lot of great players. We don’t care about personal points,” said Harmon. “I love celebrating goals by showing love to the team. Especially showing love to the guys on the bench.”
After netting his first score in Winnipeg, Harmon sought out teammates to congratulate and he was soon surrounded by them.
Harmon joined the Menace for his first season this spring and has become instantly attached to the organization.
“The environment with the Menace is great. The team is like a family off the field; we’re all very close,” said Harmon. “On the field, it’s very professional. That’s thanks to the system put in place by Coach (Mike) Jeffries and the front-office administration.”
But this self-proclaimed cook knows that the experience can’t last forever, saying that he looks forward to completing his degree in Health and Physical Education at Old Dominion after the season.
Name: Chris Harmon
Hometown: Downingtown, Penn.
College: Old Dominion (Va.)
Classification and Degree: Senior in Health and Physical Education
Pre-game Ritual: Listen to music, keep it loose, talk to teammates
Favorite Goal-scoring Celebration: Showing love to the team, especially the bench