LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos voted MLS Player of the Week
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LA Galaxy Forward Giovani dos Santos voted MLS Player of the Week
NEW YORK (Tuesday, September 13, 2016) – LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 27th week of the 2016 MLS season.
The Mexican international had a spectacular week, recording four goals and three assists in two matches. Dos Santos got off to a hot start against Real Salt Lake, notching two goals and one assist in a wild 3-3 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday, followed by a two goal and two assist performance in a resounding 4-2 win over Orlando City SC at StubHub Center on Sunday. Dos Santos is now only one of two players league-wide to register double-digit goal and assist totals, with his 14 goals tied for fourth and his 11 assists tied for third. LA currently sits second in the Western Conference standings (47 points, 11-4-14), and is riding a five-game unbeaten streak.
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist began the week with a perfectly placed through ball for Emmanuel Boateng, who scored in the sixth minute to give LA an early 1-0 lead over RSL (Watch Assist). Dos Santos went on to notch his first goal of the match with a left-footed strike that deflected off goalkeeper Nick Rimando to give LA a 2-1 lead in the 57th minute (Watch Goal). An opportunistic dos Santos scored his second of the night seven minutes later, poking home a shot that ricocheted of the woodwork to give the Galaxy a 3-1 boost (Watch Goal).
Sunday was more of the same for dos Santos, who brought LA even after going down a goal with an easy tap in off a Boateng cross in the 35th minute (Watch Goal). Moments later, dos Santos assisted on Alan Gordon’s 38th minute tally pushing LA ahead 2-1 (Watch Assist). The 27-year-old completed his second brace in as many games with a penalty kick goal to give the Galaxy a 3-1 lead heading into the half (Watch Goal), and capped his performance with a second assist, setting up Robbie Keane in the 70th minute to make it 4-1 (Watch Assist).
The Galaxy next face Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park on Sunday, September 18 (2 p.m. ET, FOX/ESPN Deportes/FOX Sports GO).
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.