Camilo Sanvezzo of Vancouver was named MLS player of the week today, and Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando was named MLS player of the month for March. (Confession: I didn't vote for either. More below.)
Here's the player of the week release from the North American Soccer Reporters:
Camilo Sanvezzo of Vancouver Whitecaps has been voted the Major League Soccer (MLS) Player of the Week for Round 3 of the 2011 season.
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The 22-year-old Brazilian produced two fine saves from Sporting Kansas City keeper Jimmy Nielsen in the 28th and 36th minutes.
Despite his first half performance, Kansas City raced into a three goal lead, but Sanvezzo produced the pass to find Nizar Khalfan, who in turn supplied the chance for Atiba Harris to launch the fight back.
Sanvezzo, a native of Presidente Prudente, Brazil, himself added the two stoppage time goals which saved a point for Vancouver, scoring twice within two minutes to spark celebrations among the 20, 518 crowd.
And here's the MLS release for player of the month:
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando was voted MLS Player of the Month for March by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). Rimando made eight saves in a driving rain while shutting out the host San Jose Earthquakes in the clubs’ March 19 season opener, and was credited with two saves while facing 10 shots from the LA Galaxy in a 4-1 RSL victory on March 26 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Although Player of the Month voting primarily is based on league play, Rimando also put forth notable performances in helping Real Salt Lake advance in the CONCACAF Champions League with a quarterfinal second leg victory over the Columbus Crew (4-1 on March 1) and in shutting out Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa, 2-0, in the first leg of the tournament’s semifinal.
In the second leg this Tuesday night in San Jose, Costa Rica, Real Salt Lake have the chance to become the first MLS team since the LA Galaxy in 2000 to advance to the final of the regional competition, the winner of which qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup this December in Japan.
In winning the first Player of the Month award in 2011, Rimando edged out teammate Javier Morales, while D.C. United striker Charlie Davies finished third in the voting.
The MLS Player of the Month is selected upon the conclusion of each month 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 on the organization and its membership can be found at www.soccerreporters.com.
My player of the week votes went to Teal Bunbury, who had two goals for Kansas City, and Caleb Folan, who had two goals for Colorado. I very nearly cast an even more unconventional vote for Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, who I thought was just dazzling ... until, you know, giving up those three goals.
My player of the month votes went to Charlie Davies, who has three goals in 83 minutes of play since resuming his career at DC United after a life-threatening car accident in October of 2009. My second vote went to Morales.