The surging Houston Dynamo found another weapon this week with Calen Carr not only seeing his first start in just over a month, but registering his first points of the season with two goals and an assist in a pair of wins to earn the MLS Player of the Week honor.
Carr, who saw a five-game run as an unused sub due to a hamstring injury came to an end last week, got the start against Sporting Kansas City Wednesday and rewarded coach Dominic Kinnear with a pair of goals. He opened the scoring in the 25th minute when he slotted a ball from Will Bruin past the keeper, scoring his first regular season goal since September of last year.
Kansas City equalized from the spot three minutes before the break, but Carr, who was the recipient of a red-carded challenge by Peterson Joseph in the 47 minute, struck again with 11 minutes remaining in the contest. Carr started the play off at the top of the box, sending the ball out wide to Brad Davis before making a run in the box and redirecting Davis’ low cross into the goal with his thigh.
On Saturday, Carr got things started by setting up the opening goal seven minutes in with a nice play, beating a defender and delivering the ball to Bruin, who found Mac Kandji for the finish.
Carr is the first Dynamo player to be recognized since Bruin received the honor in Week 7 last season. He beat out Landon Donovan (LA) in a close 5-4 vote which also saw Barry Robson (Vancouver) receive three votes with two votes each going to Kenny Cooper (NY) and David Beckham (LA). Four other players also got a vote.
The Major League Soccer Player of the Week is selected each week of the MLS regular season by a panel of journalists from The North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More details and membership information can be found at www.soccerreporters.com.
Match Highlights – Wednesday vs Kansas City
How They Voted:
|Voter||First Choice||Second Choice|
|Bobby McMahon||Barry Robson (VAN)||Macoumba Kandji (HOU)|
|Lisa Eisenmenger||Barry Robson (VAN)||Jackson (DAL)|
|Don Ruiz||Barry Robson (VAN)||Landon Donovan (LA)|
|Jonathan Tannenwald||Calen Carr (HOU)||Kenny Cooper (NY)|
|Gerald Barnhart||Calen Carr (HOU)||Jackson (DAL)|
|Orrin Schwartz||Calen Carr (HOU)||Landon Donovan (LA)|
|Dan Girard||Calen Carr (HOU)||David Beckham (LA)|
|Frank Giase||Calen Carr (HOU)||David Beckham (LA)|
|Jonah Freedman||David Beckham (LA)||Brad Davis (HOU)|
|Philippe Germaine||David Beckham (LA)||Bill Gaudette (NY)|
|Buzz Carrick||Jackson (DAL)||Brad Davis (HOU)|
|Scott French||Jairo Arrieta (CLB)||Alvaro Saborio (RSL)|
|Shaun Schafer||Kenny Cooper (NY)||Macoumba Kandji (HOU)|
|Michael Lewis||Kenny Cooper (NY)||Macoumba Kandji (HOU)|
|Marc Connolly||Landon Donovan (LA)||Jackson (DAL)|
|Paul Attfield||Landon Donovan (LA)||Barry Robson (VAN)|
|JP Dellacamera||Landon Donovan (LA)||Jackson (DAL)|
|Jose Romero||Landon Donovan (LA)||Alvaro Saborio (RSL)|
|Steven Sandor||Macoumba Kandji (HOU)||Calen Carr (HOU)|
|Steve Clare||YP Lee (VAN)||Andrew Jacobson (DAL)|