When the Columbus Crew used a third-round pick in January's MLS SuperDraft on South Florida midfielder Bernardo Anor, most wrote it off as a footnote on the day. Now, that pick could wind up being one of the steals of the draft.
Anor turned in a sparkling performance against the Houston Dynamo over the weekend, scoring a goal, assisting on another and drawing a second yellow card on Houston's Lovel Palmer to lift the Crew to a 2-0 victory. That performance was good enough for him to take home SBI's MLS Rookie of the Week award.
Anor, who battled injuries in his collegiate career but was one of college soccer's top attacking talents in 2010, flew under the radar at the draft after not participating in the combine. After spending time with the Crew's reserves, he was rewarded with his first-career start against the Dynamo, a decision that paid off for Columbus coach Robert Warzycha. Other rookies who stood out this past week along with Anor include his Crew teammate Justin Meram and Sporting Kansas City forward C.J. Sapong.
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