When it came down to picking the best player in week three of the MLS season, it was pretty tough to look past the best individual performance in the most dominant team display of the weekend.
Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman earned MLS Player of the Week honors for his two-goal performance in lifting Real Salt Lake to a 4-0 thrashing of D.C. United. Beckerman’s two beautiful blasts left D.C. goalkeeper Jose Carvallo no chance and helped give Real Salt Lake its first win of the season.
Here are Beckerman’s two goals against D.C. United:
Columbus Crew midfielder Guillermo Barros Schelotto would probably have been player of the week most other weeks with his one goal and two assist effort against Chivas USA. A week after being invisible against the Red Bulls, Schelotto returned with a virtuoso performance that included this beautiful assist:
FC Dallas midfielder/forward Arturo Alvarez was also in the running for the honors with his goal and overall dominant showing against the Red Bulls.
MLS Player of the Weak had several candidates for the dishonor but nobody could stack up against Los Angeles defender Greg Vanney, who was torched on all three goals Toronto scored in its 3-2 win against the Galaxy.
Others in contention for POWeak included Brad Guzan, Chris Leitch and Gonzalo Peralta.