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LA keeper player of week after shutout of Seattle

Here's the word from the league:

LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the sixth week of the 2015 MLS season.

Penedo put on a goalkeeping clinic against Seattle Sounders FC on Soccer Sunday, turning away all 10 of Seattle’s shots on goal, and making some spectacular saves in the process. Thanks to Penedo’s clean sheet and Alan Gordon’s 23rd minute tally, LA secured a 1-0 victory to put an end to the club’s four-game winless streak.

The Galaxy ‘keeper wasted no time making his presence felt, especially when challenged by Sounders forward Lamar Neagle, who was denied on each of his five shots on goal. In the ninth minute, Neagle directed a header toward the far corner of the net, but Penedo extended every inch of his six-foot frame to tip it over the crossbar. Penedo’s fantastic effort earned him a spot on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10, but his work was far from done.

With LA holding on to a precarious 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute, Neagle generated another scoring chance for Seattle, this time connecting with midfielder Andy Rose on a short cross inside the area. Penedo positioned himself perfectly on the near post and managed to deflect Rose’s point-blank shot away, allowing Galaxy defender Dan Gargan to clear the ball from danger and preserve the Galaxy’s lead.

The LA Galaxy return to action this Saturday when they host Sporting Kansas City at the StubHub Center at 10:30 p.m. ET (MLS LIVE).

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/.

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