The MLS Player of the Week award has already been handed out by Major League Soccer, which honored Landon Donovan for his two-goal performance for Los Angeles against Houston. While Donovan is a worthy recepient, he doesn’t get SBI’s vote for this week’s player of the week award.
SBI MLS Player of the Week honors goes to San Jose midfielder Ronnie O’Brien, whose goal and assist helped the Earthquakes post their first win of the year in a 2-0 shock upset of Colorado. How is that performance not worthy of player of the week? Helping lead a team to an upset win on the road.
Here is O’Brien’s goal vs. Colorado:
Donovan and Alejandro Moreno were also in contention for Player of the Week honors.
As for Player of the Weak, that dishonor once again goes to a defender.
D.C. United defender Gonzalo Peralta gets the Goat Horns this week for his awful showing against the Columbus Crew. The Argentine was supposed to be an anchor in the back for D.C. but on Thursday he looked lost and out of position on several Crew attacks. He also capped the night by scoring an own goal as his attempt to get in the way of a Crew cross led to him heading into his own net.
Also in the running for Player of the Weak were Red Bulls defender Chris Leitch for his bad foul (and worse performance on the ensuing wall) that helped set up New England’s equalizer and Chicago forward Chad Barrett for missing a wide-open net from close range against Kansas City.
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