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ProSoccerTalk Player of the Week: Jairo Arrieta

Jul 30, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

Arrieta headshot

Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson was about 60 seconds from putting an early end to ProSoccerTalk’s weekly, roiling debate over MLS Player of the Week.

The man was a reinforced stop-shop against San Jose; Chicago held a 1-0 lead against the best team in MLS late into the Buck Shaw Stadium night.  If there had been just 7 minutes of extra time, he would have nailed it. (It’s a tough standard, I know. But we’re tough around here at ProSoccerTalk; we eat sticks for breakfast.)

(MORE: Highlights of Sean Johnson’s big night in goal for Chicago)

Steven Lenhart did what San Jose does – scored late to rescue a point (or all three points in other cases). Johnson had 10 saves, but just couldn’t reach No. 11.

So, congratulations, Jairo Arrieta (pictured)! Columbus’ man of the moment scored twice in Kansas City, leading his team to a big upset over one of the Eastern Conference’s top teams.

Arrieta, a recent signing at Crew Stadium, hit goals in the 17th and 34th minutes. His first was a real striker’s strike, a slash into the 18 followed by two quick and aggressive touches that arranged a quality, confident finish.

The second? An absolute beauty, a half volley game-winner from about 30 yards. (Watch it below.)

By the way, this came a day after Columbus announced the singing of Argentine forward Federico Higuaín as a Designated Player. So, a front line of Higuain and Arrieta? Doesn’t that look promising as the Crew maneuvers for playoff positioning?

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  1. dreadpirate82 - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Nice goals, both. Especially the second one. I don’t see the first one happening if Aurelien Collin hadn’t broken his face in the All Star Game. The second was off horrendous giveaway, but Lawdy that was a helluva shot. Very nice game from Arrieta.

    I hope he stuck around to give the SKC players some geography lessons on how to locate the back of the net. They did everything but score in the second half. At times it felt like Columbus was willing them to score, but they refused.

    • Steve Davis - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      Agree. TUR-ible giveaway. But watch how assertively he takes turns the ball with his chest and then, as you say, fires so ferociously. I love that kind of aggressiveness in a striker.

      • dreadpirate82 - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        He really had a great game.

        I’m amazed that Gruenebaum didn’t get the nod for keeper of the week, but it appears Johnson was even better. Nice work by Andy in his return home. We kept commenting throughout the match that he was always perfectly positioned. When he needed to come off his line, his decision-making was spot-on. What a jerk.

  2. stackhousesoccer - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Great goals. Hard to argue. But Sean Johnson was the Man. And kinda surprised no mention of Felipe too. Three assists!

  3. tylerbetts - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Good as Sean Johnson was, Arrieta deserves extra credit, simply for scoring goals while wearing the Crew kit. That’s a feat in and of itself!

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