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RSL's Morales MLS player of week

Here's the release from the league:

Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 1 of the 2010 MLS season. Morales supplied two goals and recorded one assist in Salt Lake’s 3-0 road win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, March 27 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Morales opened scoring in the 14th minute. With two deft touches, Morales controlled a pass from Fabián Espíndola and blasted a swerving volley into the upper-right corner of the goal past San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon.

In the 27th minute, Morales recovered an attempted clear by Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez and fed the ball through the defense to Espíndola, who doubled RSL’s lead with a chip over Cannon.

Morales added his second goal of the evening off of a Salt Lake free kick opportunity at the top of the 18-yard box in the 54th minute. Morales rocketed a shot into the upper right hand corner for the defending MLS Cup Champions’ third and final goal of the night.

This is Morales’ second career Player of the Week award, with the other coming in Week 6 (April 22-26) last season. The defending MLS Cup Champions have two “consecutive” MLS Players of the Week, as Robbie Findley captured the honor in the final week of the 2009 regular season

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