Columbus midfielder Bernardo Anor was named MLS player of the week yesterday. He got my first-place vote also, with my second going to New York's Dwayne De Rosario, who will face the Sounders here on Thursday.
Here's the release from the league:
Columbus Crew midfielder Bernardo Anor was voted MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 14. The rookie, who was playing in just his second game of the season, scored a goal and assisted on another in his team’s 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo.
In the 41st minute, Anor stripped one Houston defender of the ball, beat another on the dribble, and split two more with a pass that hit teammate Andres Mendoza in stride. Mendoza rifled a low shot past the stranded Dynamo goalkeeper to give the visitors the lead.
Early in the second half, Anor was fouled hard by the Dynamo’s Lovel Palmer, who was sent off with a red card.
About 25 minutes after Palmer’s tackle, Anor notched his first goal in MLS. Substitute Justin Meram worked himself free deep on the right side and slid the ball across the goal mouth to Anor. Anor’s initial touch went to goalkeeper Tally Hall, but Hall could not hang on and Anor buried the rebound.
The Crew selected Anor in the third round (51st overall) in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. The Venezuelan starred at the University of South Florida. Prior to Saturday’s game, his only first-team MLS experience came in 26 minutes of action as a substitute in the scoreless draw with New York on March 26.
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.