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March 21, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Omar Bravo wins Player of the Week + weekend roundup

Sporting Kansas City forward Omar Bravo was voted MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) after scoring two goals in a 3-2 win against Chivas USA.

Not bad for a debut?

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bravo is one of just 14 players in league history to score at least twice in his first game. But that weekend also two others achieve that feat in Vancouver’s Eric Hassli and D.C. United’s Charlie Davies.

There are new voting procedures this year, so my confusion with that (coupled with a busy travel weekend) left my ballot empty this week. I think L.A. Galaxy midfielder Juninho had the best week, but Davies would have received my vote. Call me a sentimentalist. Week 1 roundup, with help from the league release, after the jump:

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Tuesday, March 15

Seattle Sounders FC 0, LA Galaxy 1

— Juninho’s 58th-minute strike from long range is the difference as LA continues their reign over Seattle

— Qwest Field attendance: 36,433

Highlights here.

Saturday, March 19

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4, Toronto FC 2

— Eric Hassli scores twice, including the first goal in club history, to give Whitecaps FC their first win before 22,592

— Empire Field attendance: 22,592

Highlights here.

D.C. United 3, Columbus Crew 1

— Charlie Davies makes an emotional return to soccer after a tragic auto accident, scoring twice in United’s win

— RFK Stadium attendance: 18,132

Highlights here.

New York Red Bulls 1, Seattle Sounders FC 0

— Eighteen-year-old Juan Agudelo scores his first MLS goal to lead the Red Bulls

— Red Bull Arena attendance: 20,982

Highlights here.

FC Dallas 1, Chicago Fire 1

— The Fire’s Diego Chaves and FCD’s Milton Rodriguez traded goals two minutes apart in the first half

— Pizza Hut Park attedance: 20,145

Highlights here.

Houston Dynamo 0, Philadelphia Union 1

— Danny Califf’s fifth-minute goal led Union to a second win in two trips to Houston

— Robertson Stadium attendance: 19,385

Highlights here.

Colorado Rapids 3, Portland Timbers 1

— Jeff Larentowicz, Omar Cummings and Jamie Smith staked the defending champs to a three-goal halftime lead

— Dick’s Sporting Goods Park attendance: 17,139

Highlights here.

Chivas USA 2, Sporting Kansas City 3

— Mexican international Omar Bravo scores twice in his MLS debut to lead Sporting to victory

— Home Depot Center attendance: 18,122

Highlights here.

San Jose Earthquakes 0, Real Salt Lake 1

— Nick Rimando’s 10 saves made Kyle Beckerman’s goal stand up for RSL in their road victory in the rain

— Buck Shaw Stadium attendance: 10,525

Highlights here.

Sunday, March 20

LA Galaxy 1, New England Revolution 1

— Juninho scores his second of the season for the equalizer after the Revs take an early lead from Shalrie Joseph

— Home Depot Center attendance: 27,000

Highlights here.

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