Personally, I voted for Fredy Montero, who has been carrying the Sounders on his back offensively. The maligned Cunningham came off the bench to score two second-half goals in a Dallas win, so he’s deserving as well and got my runner-up vote.
Here’s the release:
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FC Dallas Forward Jeff Cunningham Named MLS Player of the Week
Cunningham scores two goals in 3-1 win against the Union
NEW YORK (Aug. 9, 2010) – FC Dallas forward Jeff Cunningham was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 19 of the 2010 MLS season. Cunningham scored two goals in Dallas’ 3-1 win against Philadelphia Union on Sunday, August 8, at Pizza Hut Park.
With the game tied 1-1, Cunningham, a second half substitute, gave his team the lead in the 75th minute. After teammate Brek Shea sent a cross from the left side of the field toward the top of the six-yard box, Cunningham rose above the Philadelphia defense and nodded the ball inside the left post for the game-winner.
Just six minutes later, Cunningham struck again. In the 81st minute, David Ferreira played a ball into the area for Cunningham, sprinting into the box. Cunningham placed his shot from the left corner of the six-yard box past goalkeeper Chris Seitz for his sixth goal of the year.
Cunningham’s brace helped Dallas win their fourth consecutive home game as their unbeaten streak improved to nine games.
This is Cunningham’s first Player of the Week honor in 2010 and the 14th of his career: 1999 – Week 8; 2002 – Week 20; 2004 – Week 11; 2005 – Week 12, 2006 – Week 7, Week 10, Week 18, Week 20; 2007 – Week 11, 2009 – Week 16, Week 20, Week 26, Week 30, 2010 – Week 19.
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/.
2010 MLS Player of the Week Winners
Week 1: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)
Week 2: Kenny Mansally (New England Revolution)
Week 3: Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)
Week 4: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
Week 5: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)
Week 6: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
Week 7: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Week 8: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
Week 9: Emilio Renteria (Columbus Crew)
Week 10: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)
Week 11: Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Week 12: Chris Pontius (D.C. United)
Week 13: Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls)
Week 14: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
Week 15: Justin Braun (Chivas USA)
Week 16: Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)
Week 17: Steve Zakuani (Seattle Sounders)
Week 18: Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls)
Week 19: Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas)