New York’s Joel Lindpere was selected MLS player of the week after scoring both goals in New York’s 2-2 draw with San Jose. (I cast my first vote for Lindpere, my second for C.J. Sapong of Sporting KC.)
Here’s the release from the league:
New York Red Bulls midfielder Joel Lindpere was voted MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 16. Lindpere scored both of his team’s goals, including a late equalizer, as New York earned a 2-2 draw in front of 41,028 at Stanford Stadium.
Lindpere scored his first goal seven minutes into the match when he capped a nice passing sequence by controlling his own blocked shot and slotting the ball past Earthquakes goalkeeper John Busch from close range.
After the Red Bulls fell behind 2-1 in the second half, Lindpere equalized in the 85th minute with a well-placed shot from just outside the penalty area. The Estonian playmaker’s initial effort was saved, but the Earthquakes failed to clear, and the ball found its way back to Lindpere, who did not miss on his second attempt.
His performance also was notable because he had publicly rallied his team after the previous game. “I am going to look at myself,” Lindpere said after a 1-1 draw with Chicago on June 26 left the Red Bulls with just one win in a 10-game stretch. “I hope my teammates look at themselves too so we play more as a team. We just need to do a better job.”
Lindpere is the second New York Red Bulls player to be named Player of the Week this season; Luke Rodgers earned the honor in Week 5. Lindpere was his club’s MVP last season with three goals and six assists in 29 games. So far this season he has four goals and three assists in 18 games.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information can be found at www.soccerreporters.com.