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Houston’s Davis edges out TFC’s Bendik for MLS Player of the Week honour


Brad Davis played a key role in helping the Houston Dynamo extend its home unbeaten streak to 35 games. His assist and winning goal in a 2-1 decision over the Chicago Fire earned him the MLS Player of the Week honour.

But it wasn’t a landslide by any means. Davis got 11 first-place votes out of the 24 ballots cast by the members of the North American Soccer Reporters. Toronto FC keeper Joe Bendik got seven.

Bendik made a series of ridiculous saves, including a tie-preserver on an Antoine Hoppenot stoppage-time breakaway, to allow TFC to escape Philadelphia with a wholly undeserved point. Yes, Philly scored late to get the 1-1 draw, but if not for a series of fantastic stops by Bendik, the Union would have enjoyed a laugher of an afternoon.

Bendik also got two second-place votes.

As well, it’s worth noting that Canadian midfielder Will Johnson, who won the Player of the Week voting back on April 1, got two first-place votes this week. His brilliant free kick earned the Portland Timbers a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes Sunday night.

How The 11 voted: We went with Bendik. Whether it was the double-save in the first half, or the outstanding reflex stop of a deflected shot from the Union’s Kleberson, he gave TFC one of the best goalkeeping performances the club has seen in its history.

Bendik got his chance after Stefan Frei suffered a broken nose in the preseason. And, since that time, he’s done nothing to show that he’s willing to give up the starting job. Will Frei get a chance any time soon? Until Bendik slips up or gets hurt, the Swiss keeper has seen what was supposed to be a comeback season decline into another campaign of waiting on the sidelines.


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