I believe this is the first time this season that the winner didn't show up as either my first or second pick. This week I gave my top vote to Los Angeles' Jovan Kirovski and my second to Sounder Leo Gonzalez.
Here's the release from the league:
FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 11 of the 2010 MLS season. Shea scored two goals for FC Dallas in the span of two minutes during their 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, June 5 at Pizza Hut Park.
In the 58th minute, Dallas midfielder David Ferreira slipped a ball from the end line, through the defense to Shea at the top of the six-yard box. With one touch, Shea redirected the ball past Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon for his first goal of the match. Just two minutes later Shea would strike again. In the 60th minute, Dallas defender Heath Pearce played a long ball up the field for Shea who found himself in a foot race with Earthquakes defender Chris Leitch. The Earthquakes defender attempted to knock the ball clear of danger but was unable to as the ball continued to bounce toward goal. Shea stretched to get a touch on the ball and while Cannon made the initial block, before the ball hit the ground, Shea flicked a right-footed shot into the net for his second goal of the night. This is Shea’s first career Player of the Week award. The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership information can be found athttp://www.soccerreporters.com/
2010 MLS Player of the Week WinnersWeek 1: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) Week 2: Kenny Mansally (New England Revolution)Week 3: Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)Week 4: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)Week 5: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)Week 6: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)Week 7: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)Week 8: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)Week 9: Emilio Renteria (Columbus Crew)Week 10: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)Week 11: Brek Shea (FC Dallas)