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Crew’s Anor named MLS Player of the Week

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Venezuelan forward Bernardo Anor has been named Major League’s Soccer Player of the Week. Anor set up a goal and scored the other as the Columbus Crew went into the stifling heat of Houston’s Robertson Stadium and came out with a 2-0 triumph. He also drew the foul that saw the Dynamo’s Lovel Palmer sent off. Not bad for a player making his first MLS start, and who had just 23 minutes of playing time leading up to the game. Anor won after the votes from the North American Soccer Reporters’ membership were counted. How The 11 voted: Anor was notable, but both the first- and second-place votes from this organization went to members of the New York Red Bulls, who fought back from 3-1 down to draw Portland 3-3 on the road Sunday. Thierry Henry may have received a red card at the end of the game, but the French star looked very much the Designated Player for most of the game. He played a clever dummy on a pass from Dwayne De Rosario that led to the opening goal, then passed and then ran into space to finish the give-and-go for New York’s second goal. He was a handful all night. De Rosario got the second-place vote. There are bitter Toronto FC supporters who will talk about how he hasn’t scored that much for New York. But, he’s been placed in a more comfortable role with the Red Bulls. He is looked upon to pass, not score goals. And that’s something he’s done… ahem… unselfishly. De Rosario shook off the Canadian disappointment at the Gold Cup and provided a the key ball for the opening goal, then finished the comeback with a calmly-taken penalty in extra time. There are revisionist-history thinkers out there who, now that De Rosario has left Toronto FC, like to paint him as a secondary cast member or downplay his previous achievements in this league, like the four titles he’s won. Sunday’s performance goes a little way to show just how unfair those generalizations are. He still has plenty of impressive performances left in him. And that’s key for fans of the national team, because, as of this moment, he is the only member of the Canadian team who can find the net on any kind of regular basis — penalties or not.

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