Omar Bravo of Sporting Kansas City has been voted the Major League Soccer (MLS) Player of the Week for Round 1 of the 2011 season.
Forwards and one goalkeeper dominated the voting on an action packed launch week for MLS 2011. Bravo was making his MLS debut and with an incredible sense or irony, the former Chivas de Guadalajara star began his US career at Chivas USA. The 31-year-old cast old ties aside immediately and scored twice to give the Kansas side three points in their first match with their new name. Bravo chipped past Zach Thornton just before half time and he added his second in the 74th minute.
Also receiving votes were Charlie Davies who made a bold statement on his USA return with two goals.The debutant player for the expansion side figured too as Eric Hassli powered Vancouver to the top of the table. Hassli came in second and Davies third.
Nick Rimando made double figures in saves in appalling conditions as he ensured Real Salt Lake started off with three points, and Omar Cummings also registered.
There were approving mentions though in discussion for defenders Rafa Marquez (New York) and Jay DeMerit (Vancouver), but on an opening weekend with plenty goals, it was the forwards who caught the eye.