Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 17 of the 2015 MLS season.
Adi bagged his third brace of the season in a three-minute span during Portland’s 4-1 win over Cascadian rival Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday night. The Nigerian was active for all 90 minutes, landing three of his five shots on goal. He becomes the first Timbers player to earn a Player of the Week nod this season.
With Portland and Seattle knotted up at 1-1 in the 74th minute, Darlington Nagbe made a fantastic run that drew four Sounders players his way. Adi slipped behind Seattle’s backline, found an opening in the middle of the box, and tucked a right-footed shot perfectly inside the top right corner of the net off a feed from Nagbe.
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Adi one-upped himself two minutes later, turning in a second goal that sealed the match and sent the capacity crowd at Providence Park into an absolute frenzy. The Timbers exchanged a sequence of beautiful passes before Adi found space and blasted a low right-footed shot past Stefan Frei from 18 yards out for his eighth tally of the season. Following the goal, he also turned in one of the best celebrations of the year—hoisting Timber Joey’s chainsaw in front of the Timbers Army.
The Portland Timbers return to MLS action on Sunday, when they host the San Jose Earthquakes at Providence Park at 5:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, TSN2)
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 http://www.soccerreporters.com/.