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San Jose’s Alan Gordon named MLS Player of the Week

Jul 1, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

Alan Gordon headshot

Whichever way this one went, someone was going to feel hard done.

Alan Gordon certainly had a compelling case as Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week for Round 18. He did his part and then some in the Earthquakes’ splashy comeback win Saturday, rallying for three unanswered goals before a near-capacity Stanford Stadium in a memorable 3-2 win.

Gordon’s goal in the 68th minute and his stoppage time game-winner were good enough to earn the U.S. international this week’s MLS honors, the first by a ‘Quakes’ man in 2012.

But could anyone have pounded fists on unsuspecting desks if Sporting Kansas City’s Kei Kamara had been named? He was also a two-goal scorer. And just like Gordon’s strikes, they were needed and necessary, both.

Kamara’s first goal was pure class, two wonderful touches that were probably more difficult than he made them look, running at top speed as he was. (In our MLS Week in Review, we called it the week’s best goal.)

Kamara’s second strike, the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over visiting Columbus, was a little more difficult than it looked, too. The strike itself was fairly basic stuff, but the timing mattered. Watch below as Kamara begins to hit a hurried shot – then wisely recognizes that he’s got time to line up the target and ensure solid contact, which is exactly what he get while pulling Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum slightly out of position.

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  1. dreadpirate82 - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Kei played great, but Man of the Match for SKC was Soony Saad in my eyes. He re-energized a sputtering offense on a day when Zusi seemed slightly off with his touch. It seemed like he created more chances Saturday night than Sporting had through May and June combined. I assume we’ll see more Soony and Dom Dwyer with three matches this week.

    I’d give Gordon the nod, if only because of the dramatics involved. Really wish I could have seen that one. San Jose & Galaxy don’t like to disappoint the viewing public, do they?

    • Steve Davis - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      NO, they don’t! I just wish they wouldn’t start so doggone late. I mean, think anybody on the East coast stayed up to see the end of that one? Darn shame, really.

      • mrstev - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        Steve, get your butt out of Dallas next year and come to the California Classico.
        Stanford Stadium was off the hizzy! There are no two teams in the MLS that hate each other this much and it always makes compelling soccer. Red cards…always. Injury time heroics…always. Scuffles and scraps…always.
        Good times guaranteed.

  2. mkbryant3 - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Yeah, you are right on. Those two strikes, he made them look easy. The first touch on the first goal was just sublime. Could that first touch have been any more perfect? Softly cradled. And the patience on the second goal to wait for the ball to run a tad bit more. Impressive. Twas a great weekend for stylish goals in MLS.

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