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Sounders up for two late awards

MLSlogoBoth Sounders goals against Dallas -- the first by Nate Jaqua and the second by Brad Evans -- are MLS Goal of the Week nominees from the final week of the regular season.

(Another Evans goal was waved off for offside -- a proper call. But it was a similar shot: a side-footed chip over the keeper. I talked to Evans yesterday about his knack for that shot.

("In that situation the goalkeeper kind of makes up you mind for you," Evans said. "In that situation there's only a couple of things you can do. If the ball is on the ground, I'm going to play it on the ground. But since it's in the air and he's coming, I'm going to play it in the air. It's just a flick.")

Meanwhile, I just cast what I think was my final MLS award vote of the season: voting for Seattle's Freddie Ljungberg as MLS' final Player of the Month. Ljungberg assisted on four of the Sounders' six goals in three wins, and launched the corner kick that led to a fifth goal, although it didn't qualify as an assist. My second vote went to New England keeper Matt Reis. His resume for the month: In helping the Revs make the playoffs on the final day of the regular season, Reis posted an 0.50 goals against average with back-to-back shutouts to end the season. Allowing just two goals on the month (one a penalty kick), he anchored a backline that stopped the imposing attacks of Colorado in Colorado, Columbus at home, Chicago at home and Columbus in Columbus. With his final push through to the playoffs, Reis lowered his season GAA to 0.96, his career-best stat in the category (previous was 1.09 in 2006). He also led MLS in save percentage .814, with a league-best 114 saves in just 24 games.

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