We spoke to Parke -- which is always fun -- after Sounders training today, but before the award had been announced.
“I don’t get too many goals too often, so it was just a good feeling,” he said. “I got some texts and phone calls by (my fiancée) -- and Mom the next morning, obviously bright and early, thinking it’s still East Coast time. So, that was good.”
Here's the release from the league:
Seattle Sounders FC defender Jeff Parke was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 10 of the 2011 MLS season. Parke headed home the game-winning goal in stoppage time to lift his team over Sporting Kansas City, 1-0.
Parke is the first defender to win this award since Chad Marshall in Week 22 of the 2009 season, and he narrowly edged out Philadelphia striker Carlos Ruiz for this week’s honor.
With the two clubs knotted in a scoreless draw at a rain-soaked Qwest Field and mere seconds of stoppage time remaining, Seattle’s Tyson Wahl served a high, curling ball that Parke rose to thump past Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
Parke had a solid game at the back, making well-timed tackles, heading clearances, and blocking several shots to help his team shut out a Sporting Kansas City side that regained the services of Designated Player Omar Bravo. The goal was Parke’s first since June 12, 2004.
The Sounders beat Sporting KC in similar fashion last year at Qwest when midfielder Mike Fucito scored in the 92nd minute to propel the Sounders to a 1-0 victory.
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 can be found at www.soccerreporters.com.
2011 MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK WINNERSWeek 10: Jeff Parke (Seattle Sounders FC)Week 9: Justin Braun (Chivas USA)Week 8: Joao Plata (Toronto FC)Week 7: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo)Week 6: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)Week 5: Luke Rodgers (New York Red Bulls)Week 4: David Ferreira (FC Dallas)Week 3: Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps)Week 2: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)Week 1: Omar Bravo (Sporting Kansas City)
I'm a little embarrassed to say Parke got neither of my votes this week. I went with Carlos Ruiz and David Beckham. However, in retrospect, I think Parke is fully deserving and I wish I'd have cast at least my second vote that way.