Chivas USA’s Dan Kennedy Voted MLS Player of the Week
NEW YORK (Monday, April 16, 2012) Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 6 of the 2012 MLS season. Kennedy recorded four saves and a clean sheet in Chivas USA’s 1-0 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday. It is the first time in Kennedy’s career he has won the honor.
Kennedy’s fourth and most crucial save came in the 89th minute as he stopped a charging Danny Koevermans from point-blank range to preserve the shutout win for Chivas USA.
The four-save performance brings Kennedy’s total to 23 on the year, tying him with FC Dallas’ Kevin Hartman for the league lead. Saturday’s shutout was also his second of the season (3/24 at Real Salt Lake).
Kennedy is the first Chivas USA player to win the award since Justin Braun in May 2011, and the first goalkeeper to win in the club’s history. The 29-year old was also honored as the Chivas USA Player of the Year last winter for his breakout 2011 season.
Defender Aurélien Collin of Sporting Kansas City received the second most votes this week. Seattle defender Zach Scott and LA Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan tied for third.
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 and membership information can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.