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DC nails third straight MLS Player of Week

Here's the release from the league:

For the third consecutive week, a D.C. United player has received Player of the Week honors, as D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius was voted MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 22. Pontius scored two goals in D.C.’s 4-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday.

Pontius opened scoring after connecting with De Rosario in first-half stoppage time. De Rosario held off three Vancouver defenders on the edge of the penalty area and then sent a low ball across the goal. Pontius sprinted behind his defender and redirected the ball into the lower left corner.

Pontius scored his second goal in the 70th minute, when he capped an impressive D.C. counterattack with a perfect close-range finish. The 24-year-old started the play on the left wing and after a quick passing sequence, ran on to a deflected shot blasting the ball into the roof of the net.

United’s victory was the club’s first win at home since May 4, and extended their unbeaten streak to three games. Pontius also took home the Player of the Week award in June 2010.

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 can be found at

(I was traveling this weekend and didn't feel like I saw enough MLS to cast an informed vote.)