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Sporting Kansas City’s Omar Bravo Voted MLS Player of the Week

NEW YORK (Monday, March 21, 2011) Sporting Kansas City forward Omar Bravo was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 1 of the 2011 MLS season.  Bravo tallied two goals in his MLS debut, leading Kansas City to a 3-2 win over Chivas USA. 
The Mexican national team standout scored his first goal in the third minute of first half stoppage time as he chipped a bouncing service from Kei Kamara over the head of goalkeeper Zach Thornton from the top of the 18-yard-box. The goal capped a 19-pass sequence by Sporting.
Bravo added his second goal in the 74th minute, again set up by Kamara, who headed the final pass.  Bravo raced into the penalty area and beat a charging Thornton with a deft touch off the outside of his right foot.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bravo is one of 14 players in MLS history to score multiple goals in his MLS debut – and one of three to do so on Saturday along with Vancouver’s Eric Hassli and D.C. United’s Charlie Davies.
Bravo, 31, joined Sporting Kansas City as a Designated Player before this season after scoring more than 100 goals in Mexico’s Primera Division, most of them with Chivas de Guadalajara, and another 15 goals for Mexico.
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
MLS Week 1 Rewind:
(Home team listed first)
Tuesday, March 15
Seattle Sounders FC 0, LA Galaxy 1
·         Juninho’s 58th-minute strike from long range is the difference as LA continues their reign over Seattle
Saturday, March 19
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4, Toronto FC 2
·         Eric Hassli scores twice, including the first goal in club history, to give Whitecaps FC their first win before 22,592
D.C. United 3, Columbus Crew 1
·         Charlie Davies makes an emotional return to soccer after a tragic auto accident, scoring twice in United’s win
New York Red Bulls 1, Seattle Sounders FC 0
·         Eighteen-year-old Juan Agudelo scores his first MLS goal to lead the Red Bulls
FC Dallas 1, Chicago Fire 1
·         The Fire’s Diego Chaves and FCD’s Milton Rodriguez traded goals two minutes apart in the first half
Houston Dynamo 0, Philadelphia Union 1
·         Danny Califf’s fifth-minute goal led Union to a second win in two trips to Houston
Colorado Rapids 3, Portland Timbers 1
·         Jeff Larentowicz, Omar Cummings and Jamie Smith staked the defending champs to a three-goal halftime lead
Chivas USA 2, Sporting Kansas City 3
·         Mexican international Omar Bravo scores twice in his MLS debut to lead Sporting to victory
San Jose Earthquakes 0, Real Salt Lake 1
·         Nick Rimando’s 10 saves made Kyle Beckerman’s goal stand up for RSL in their road victory in the rain
Sunday, March 20
LA Galaxy 1, New England Revolution 1
·         Juninho scores his second of the season for the equalizer after the Revs take an early lead from Shalrie Joseph