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Crew’s Renteria named MLS Player of the Week

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After what was a very spread-out vote, Columbus Crew forward Emilio Renteria was named the MLS Player of the Week. Renteria scored on a fantastic volley from distance in a 2-0 upset of the Seattle Sounders in midweek, then scored the opening goal in a weekend win over the Chicago Fire.

His exploits earned him nine of the 19 first-place POTW votes from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters. But, to show just how divided the opinions were, Renteria did not even appear on eight of the 19 ballots cast.
That’s what happens when you have to compare a player who had two very solid games against other who only played once in the week. Does Renteria’s two goals (and one assist) mean more over two games than another player who had one sensational game?

How The 11 voted: Went with Alvaro Saborio’s two goal performance for Real Salt Lake. Yes, you could argue that Real Salt Lake, arguably the most dominant home team in any of the five North American major leagues, hosted an FC Dallas team that, on most days, looks like the team that was hammered at home by TFC in the CONCACAF Champions League. But, due to injuries and World Cup commitments, RSL was severely shorthanded, yet Saborio scored twice in a 3-2 win. Saborio got four of the first-place votes cast by the NASR members.

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