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Rowe’s brace earns him MLS Player of the Week award

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With other braces from the likes of Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio and Chivas USA’s Erick Torres also in the running, Kelyn Rowe’s two-goal effort earned him the MLS Player of the Week Award.

Rowe’s two goals, both from distance, helped his New England Revolution to a 5-1 demolition of the Philadelphia Union on Sunday. On Monday, Rowe got most first-place votes from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

Kelyn Rowe

With so many goals in MLS this past weekend (and in the previous midweek), and many two-goal efforts from which to choose, the judges were likely swayed by the difficulty level of Rowe’s tallies. Neither were tap-ins; both were long-range efforts which get you excited about Goal-of-the-Week possibilities.

How The 11 voted: For us, it wasn’t about how nice the goals were, it was about how important they were. Di Vaio got his pair in a 5-0 win over Houston. Rowe’s came in a 5-1 win over Philly. You could argue that, in both cases, you take away their goals, and their teams still win their games.

But, in the case of Torres, who scored his pair in a 3-2 win over the Red Bulls, his efforts were keys to the win. Without Torres, Chivas doesn’t beat New York. So, it was a case of whose goals were most valuable to his team — not whose goals were the nicest to watch — and we went with Torres.

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