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Sounder Eddie Johnson wins MLS Player of the Week award

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Seattle Sounders striker Eddie Johnson, who opened the scoring in a 4-0 rout of the Los Angeles Galaxy this past weekend, was named the MLS Player of the Week.

The American forward’s header put the Sounders up a goal and, while he wasn’t officially credited for assists in Seattle’s second and third goals of the rout, both of those attacking sequences were begun from balls that came off his foot.

That performance impressed the voting membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

In 2007, before going to Europe — where his career stalled — Johnson won the Player of the Week three times as a member of the Kansas City Wizards. Johnson also was the first player to ever score a goal in MLS league play at Toronto’s BMO Field.

How The 11 voted: Johnson. This was an unusually tough week in which to pick a standout. There were no hat tricks or major multiple-goal or multiple-assist performances. So, Johnson’s performance, in a rout of a Galaxy team that had been hot, was the best.

And, the best goalkeeping performance of the week, which saw FC Dallas stopper Kevin Hartman make a series of outstanding saves, only earned his team 1-1 draw… with Portland. Yup, a battle of cellar-dwellers.

So, while Hartman’s performance got the second-place vote out of us, it simply couldn’t earn the No. 1 nod. Hartman didn’t get his team three points, and his performance came against a very poor Timbers side going through an awful run at the moment.

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