Fredy Montero is the MLS player of the Week for Week 17.
He scored twice in the Cascadia derby match in Portland, both times restoring parity after Portland had taken the lead.
His first was directly from a free kick which curled and dipped just inside the corner, and his second was the result of a Mauro Rosales knock down.
His side went on to win the game 2-3.
Joel Lindpere (New York), Nick LaBrocca (Chivas) and David Beckham (LA) all received two first choice votes.
Will Hesmer, the Columbus Crew goalkeeper, and Rapids striker Conor Casey received other first choice nominations, and DC United’s Dwayne De Rosario was many voter’s second choice.
Steve Clare, editor of Prost Amerika was at the match, and observed
“Twice the Portland fans were at fever pitch and ready to carry their team to a historic victory. Montero kept his head when bedlam was all around twice. The two goals demonstrated that he can add a cool head and temperament to his unquestionable talent. Montero makes a difference to matches and makes a difference to league tables.”
Matt Kieltyka of the Vancouver Metro added:
“Montero’s brace showed signs of the player fully coming back to life. 8 shots, 5 on target, show what a threat he was in hostile territory.”
Montero becomes the second Sounder to win the award, following Jeff Parke who won in Week 10.
Sounders FC are only the second club to win the Award twice this season.
How they Voted:
|Voter||POTW Choice||Second Choice|
|Nick Connor||Conor Casey (Colorado)||Fredy Montero (SEA)|
|Scott French||David Beckham (LA)||Fredy Montero (SEA)|
|Tom Timmermann||David Beckham (LA)||Joel Lindpere (NY)|
|Steve Clare||Fredy Montero (SEA)||Nick LaBrocca (CHV)|
|Michael C. Lewis||Fredy Montero (SEA)||Jan Gunnar Solli (NY)|
|Jonah Freedman||Fredy Montero (SEA)||Joel Lindpere (NY)|
|Frank Giase||Fredy Montero (SEA)||Conor Casey (Colorado)|
|JP Dellacamera||Fredy Montero (SEA)||Nick LaBrocca (CHV)|
|Marc Connolly||Fredy Montero (SEA)||Nick LaBrocca (CHV)|
|Bobby McMahon||Fredy Montero (SEA)||David Beckham (LA)|
|Michael Lewis||Fredy Montero (SEA)||Dwayne DeRosario (DC)|
|Don Ruiz||Fredy Montero (SEA)||David Beckham (LA)|
|Orrin Schwartz||Fredy Montero (SEA)||Dwayne DeRosario (DC)|
|Matt Kieltyka||Fredy Montero (SEA)||Chris Wingert (RSL)|
|Shaun Schafer||Joel Lindpere (NY)||Dwayne DeRosario (DC)|
|Jamie Trecker||Joel Lindpere (NY)||Fredy Montero (SEA)|
|Buzz Carrick||Nick LaBrocca (CHV)||Dwayne DeRosario (DC)|
|Phil Schoen||Nick LaBrocca (CHV)||Dwayne DeRosario (DC)|
|Steven Sandor||Will Hesmer (CLB)||Fredy Montero (SEA)|
Previous 2011 POTW Winners:
Week 16 Winner: Joel Lindpere (NYRB)
Week 15 Winner: Mike Magee (LA Galaxy)
Week 14 Winner: Bernardo Anor (Columbus Crew)
Week 13 Winner: Steven Lenhart (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 12 Winner: Jean Alexandre (Real Salt Lake)
Week 11 Winner: Justin Mapp (Philadelphia Union)
Week 10 Winner: Jeff Parke (Sounders FC)
Week 9 Winner: Justin Braun (Chivas USA)
Week 8 Winner: Joao Plata (Toronto FC)
Week 7 Winner: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo)
Week 6 Winner: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Week 5 Winner: Luke Rodgers (New York Red Bulls)
Week 4 Winner: David Ferreira (FC Dallas)
Week 3 Winner: Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Week 2 Winner: Javier Morales (RSL)
Week 1 Winner: Omar Bravo (SKC)