With no big obvious showy individual performances this week, I cast my No. 1 vote for Kasey Keller (I also thought Zach Scott and Jeff Parke were terrific in the Sounders' shutout win at Dallas) and my No. 2 for newcomer Robbie Keane of LA.
Here's the release from the league:
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi was voted MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 23.
Zusi scored two goals in a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers midweek, and turned in another strong performance in his team’s 1-0 defeat of D.C. United on Sunday, as Sporting Kansas City moved into second place in the Eastern Conference Standings.
On the day before his 25th birthday, Zusi opened the scoring against the Timbers in the 25th minute with a 30-yard blast to the top-left corner of the goal. Zusi added to Sporting’s lead in the 40th minute, when he scored from close range off a rebound from a corner kick play.
Four days later, Zusi played a full 90 minutes as Sporting KC earned an important victory against fellow playoff contenders D.C. United.
The Longwood, Fla., native is enjoying a breakout season in his third year with Sporting Kansas City, with five goals and four assists so far this season. Earlier this season, he was named MLS Player of the Month for the month of June, and his sterling play has continued with his team entering the final stages of a closely contested playoff race.
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 www.soccerreporters.com.
2011 MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK WINNERSWeek 23: Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)Week 22: Chris Pontius (D.C. United)Week 21: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)Week 20: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)Week 19: Sanna Nyassi (Colorado Rapids)Week 18: Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders FC)Week 17: Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC)Week 16: Joel Lindpere (New York Red Bulls)Week 15: Mike Magee (LA Galaxy)Week 14: Bernardo Anor (Columbus Crew)Week 13: Steven Lenhart (San Jose Earthquakes)Week 12: Jean Alexandre (Real Salt Lake)Week 11: Justin Mapp (Philadelphia Union)Week 10: Jeff Parke (Seattle Sounders FC)Week 9: Justin Braun (Chivas USA)Week 8: Joao Plata (Toronto FC)Week 7: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo)Week 6: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)Week 5: Luke Rodgers (New York Red Bulls)Week 4: David Ferreira (FC Dallas)Week 3: Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps)Week 2: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)Week 1: Omar Bravo (Sporting Kansas City)