WVH Weekly Awards: Emilio’s Return

WVH Weekly Awards: Emilio’s Return

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 9, 2008
  • Adam Cristman, Brian Ching, Dwayne De Rosario, Juan Pablo Angel, Luciano Emilio, Weekly Awards

Luciano Emilio (via USA Today/AP)As mentioned earlier in the day, week 11 in Major League Soccer was a weird and wacky week that probably surprised most of us all. From a washed out game to some crazy final moments, this week had plenty of drama to offer MLS fans everywhere.

As for the weekly award of player of the week and goal of the week. The choices were fairly clear in this week. As always, lets begin with the player of the week award, for this past week.

Your choices were DC’s Luciano Emilio, Houston’s Brian Ching and Dwayne De Rosario, San Jose’s Ronnie O’Brien, and possibly to some extent New York’s Juan Pablo Angel.

For me it was really down to two players. Ching and Emilio. Ching netted two strikes in Houston’s 3-1 over Toronto yesterday evening. As good as his two goal performance was, some will say it was at home against a not-so-good road side Toronto. I get that, and others will pass Ching up because the game was Sunday evening during the US – Argentina friendly. Yeah, who scheduled that one?! Hmm..

Anyways, for me it was Emilio. His late goal was easily enough to lift his name to the top of the list this week best performance. His play has really picked up in recent weeks and I am willing to bet that most will see this and give him the nod as well this week. Not only did his help out in getting DC back into the game in Chicago but his late goal proved to be the difference maker.

So week 11 goes to Luciano Emilio of DC United. It may be safe to say that he is finally back to the Emilio we saw last year.

The goal of the week is a little different this week. Not a lot of great goals. Lots of headers and thing of that nature. A couple strikes caught my eye, including one of those headers. I thought Jeff Cunningham’s nice run and strike was sweet to watch, in fact it was his 99th career MLS goal. Not bad.

But the one strike that caught my eye the most was the early goal scored by New England’s Adam Cristman. A diving header always looks good and Cristman’s was simply beautiful.