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Chivas keeper named MLS player of the week

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on April 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm with No Comments »
April 16, 2012 12:03 pm

Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was named MLS player of the week today.

It was an odd week with no multiple-goal scorers or obvious picks. Kennedy didn’t get either of my votes but at least I was on the right track in giving my No. 1 vote to a keeper: Joe Willis of DC United. My second vote went to Chris Wondolowski of San Jose.

Here’s the release from MLSsoccer.com:

Someone finally knocked Thierry Henry off his three-week perch.

After Henry set a record by winning the weekly award for three weeks running, Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy captured MLS Player of the Week for Week 6 after shutting out Toronto FC, accomplishing what no one else was capable of for nearly a month.

Kennedy was voted the weekend’s best performer by the North American Soccer Reporters after registering four saves, including standout efforts against Luis Silva and Danny Koevermans, in Chivas’ 1-0 road win over Toronto FC. After enjoying a standout season with the Rojiblancos in 2011, Kennedy has picked up right where he left off in 2012, allowing just four goals in six games (0.66 GAA) and recording three wins.

In a week in which opinions were split, Kennedy recieved five of 17 first-place votes among the media members submitting ballots. Sporting Kansas City’s Aurelien Collin received three first-place votes, Landon Donovan and Zach Scott each earned two apiece and Blas Pérez, David Beckham, David Junior Lopes, Heath Pearch and Joe Willis all garnered a single vote.

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