It really wouldn’t be a week in MLS action without a couple of upsets, some fantastic soccer and a hint of controversy. Week 6 had it all and then some. But there’s a common misconception when it comes to Player of the Week conversations. When one thinks of their choice of player of the week, their mind immediately thinks of who scored the most. We’re all guilty of it. That’s why this week was different, and for good reason.
Our selection for Week 6 Player of the Week is Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper, Tim Melia.
Sporting KC went into Red Bull Arena and continued to heap more sorrow onto the RBNY faithful. The Red Bulls are the definition of a struggling club through the first 6 weeks, but there’s no denying their capability. Although SKC won the match 2-0, without the quality of Tim Melia, things could’ve been very different. His 6 incredible saves and penalty stop, absolutely robbing Bradley Wright-Phillips from the spot, not only kept a clean sheet, his second of the season, but vaulted SKC back to the top of the table. Tim Melia has now backstopped his club to a league best 4 wins and the lowest goals against in MLS.
Our honorable mention this week goes to DC United’s dynamic duo. I’m talking, of course, about Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio. The former RSL tag-team each bagged a brace of their own as DC United got their first win of the season, routing the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0.