Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales was named MLS player of the week today.
"It's a nice honor, but it's how I always say: It's part of the team," Rosales said. "The team wins the prize. It' not just me, because without the team I cannot be in this kind of performance. It's for them and for the club."
Here's the release from the league:
Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Mauro Rosales was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 18 of the 2011 MLS season. Rosales scored the winning goal and added an assist in Seattle's 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
Rosales became the third Sounder to win Player of the Week this season. Fredy Montero won the award last week (Week 17) and Jeff Parke won it in week 10.
Saturday's win gave Sounders FC five wins in six games and extended their MLS undefeated streak to a club-record nine games (6-0-3). Sounders FC hosts EPL giants Manchester United on July 20 on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Fox Soccer will televise the match live. First kick is 7 p.m. PT.
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 at www.soccerreporters.com.
(Unfortunately, while I've voted for Rosales in past weeks, this week my votes went to keeper Troy Perkins of Portland and Fredy Montero of Seattle .... It was a very odd MLS week, with more goals scored in the Sounders game than all other league games combined.)