Sanna Nyassi is the MLS Player of the Week for Week 19.
The Gambian international scored a hat trick in the 4-1 win over New York Red Bulls last Wednesday which was already enough to put him out front.
Then Chivas USA’s Justin Braun also put three in the net to suddenly leave the hat trick heroes battling it out.
Nyassi though won a key penalty in his second game of the week, a 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution. In that game, he was opposed by his twin brother Sainey for the very first time in Major League Soccer.
Steve Clare of Prost Amerika commented:
“I’ve been watching Sanna Nyassi since he arrived as a very raw youngster at the Sounders USL side. Apart form a one glorious night in the US Open Cup Final, he never really displayed his true potential in Seattle. Watching him rattle in the goals against New York, he seemed to be a new and rejuvenated player. In the same week, he also played against his twin brother Sainey.
In the week where Gary Smith lost Conor Casey for the season, Sanna stepped into some enormous big shoes and then scored a hat trick while wearing them.”
Kei Kamara of Sporting Kansas City came in third behind Braun.
Other players who featured were Kamara’s team mate Omar Bravo, Columbus Crew’s Eddie Gaven, and Marvin Chavez of FC Dallas.
Nyassi’s award is Colorado’s first PotW of the 2011 season.
Only the Chicago Fire, DC United, Portland Timbers, and New England Revolution are to provide a winner this season.
How they Voted:
|Voter||POTW Choice||Second Choice|
|Elliott Almond||Justin Braun (CHV)||Omar Bravo (SKC)|
|Jamie Trecker||Justin Braun (CHV)||Kei Kamara (SKC)|
|Michael C. Lewis||Justin Braun (CHV)||Kei Kamara (SKC)|
|Orrin Schwartz||Kei Kamara (SKC)||Eddie Gaven (CLB)|
|Beau Dure||Sanna Nyassi (COL)||Justin Braun (CHV)|
|Frank Giase||Sanna Nyassi (COL)||Justin Braun (CHV)|
|Steven Sandor||Sanna Nyassi (COL)||Justin Braun (CHV)|
|Jonathan Tannenwald||Sanna Nyassi (COL)||Justin Braun (CHV)|
|Scott French||Sanna Nyassi (COL)||Justin Braun (CHV)|
|JP Dellacamera||Sanna Nyassi (COL)||Justin Braun (CHV)|
|Marc Connolly||Sanna Nyassi (COL)||Justin Braun (CHV)|
|Bobby McMahon||Sanna Nyassi (COL)||Justin Braun (CHV)|
|Phil Schoen||Sanna Nyassi (COL)||Justin Braun (CHV)|
|Don Ruiz||Sanna Nyassi (COL)||Kei Kamara (SKC)|
|Shaun Schafer||Sanna Nyassi (COL)||Omar Bravo (SKC)|
|Steve Clare||Sanna Nyassi (COL)||Justin Braun (CHV)|
|Kyle McCarthy||Sanna Nyassi (COL)||Justin Braun (CHV)|
|Jonah Freedman||Sanna Nyassi (COL)||Marvin Chavez (DAL)|
Previous 2011 POTW Winners:
Week 18 Winner: Mauro Rosales (Sounders FC)
Week 17 Winner: Fredy Montero (Sounders FC)
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)