FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea has been named MLS Player of the week for his two goal performance. It's the first Player of the Week award since Jeff Cunningham took home the nod in week 26 of last season. Shea scored twice in a two minute span against San Jose.
The MLS Player of the Week award is voted on by member of the North American Soccer Reporters, of which yours truly is a voting member.
Here's the MLS press release.
FC Dallas Midfielder Brek Shea Named MLS Player of the Week
Shea notches both goals in FC Dallas’ 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes
NEW YORK (Monday, June 7, 2010) - FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 11 of the 2010 MLS season. Shea scored two goals for FC Dallas in the span of two minutes during their 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, June 5 at Pizza Hut Park.
In the 58th minute, Dallas midfielder David Ferreira slipped a ball from the end line, through the defense to Shea at the top of the six-yard box. With one touch, Shea redirected the ball past Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon for his first goal of the match.
Just two minutes later Shea would strike again. In the 60th minute, Dallas defender Heath Pearce played a long ball up the field for Shea who found himself in a foot race with Earthquakes defender Chris Leitch. The Earthquakes defender attempted to knock the ball clear of danger but was unable to as the ball continued to bounce toward goal. Shea stretched to get a touch on the ball and while Cannon made the initial block, before the ball hit the ground, Shea flicked a right-footed shot into the net for his second goal of the night.
This is Shea’s first career Player of the Week award.
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)