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Bravo! Mexican star named MLS player of the week

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Omar Bravo won the hearts and minds of soccer reporters across the continent, capturing the first Player of the Week award of the MLS season.

Bravo, Sporting Kansas City’s Mexican Designated Player, scored twice as his new club travelled to Los Angeles and edged Chivas USA 3-2. As Bravo once starred for Chivas Guadalajara, the irony was too good to pass up.

But it wasn’t the kind of week where Bravo stood out ahead of the pack; Vancouver Whitecap Eric Hassli bagged two goals and bullied Toronto FC’s backline in his club’s first-ever MLS game. Charlie Davies, returning from injuries sustained in a serious motor vehicle accident, scored twice for D.C. United. But one of those came on a penalty, so that likely hurt his chances.\

Juninho scored twice, and directly contributed to four points, as the Los Angeles Galaxy beat Seattle 1-0 and then drew New England 1-1.

Almost lost in the shuffle was Nick Rimando’s standout performance, as he made 10 stops in a downpour, as Real Salt Lake beat San Jose 1-0 — a result that had more than a touch of larceny to it.

HOW THE 11 VOTED: Hassli. Not only did he score twice, he imposed himself on Toronto FC’s backline. Never quit for as long as he was in the game. Impressive. (And, the two goals came in the first match between two Canadian-based clubs in MLS history).

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