Total MLS Player of the Week - Week 5

It was another controversial week in MLS soccer action that saw 18 of 20 teams face off. Red cards and low scoring matches were par for the course, but one match separated itself from the pack in a big way. 

Orlando City SC welcomed the reigning Cup Champs to the Citrus bowl and handed them a humbling defeat on the back of our unanimous pick for Player of the Week, the Brazilian legend himself, Ricardo Kaka.

Kaka made his 2016 season debut coming off a nagging thigh injury that had been keeping him out of action. His 1 goal and 2 assist performance helped make up for lost time and helped vault OSCS to the top of the Eastern Conference. Seb Hines got things started early for the home side, redirecting a perfectly weighted free kick sent in by Kaka past a diving Adam Kwarasey. Twenty minutes later, Kaka then combined with Brek Shea on a nifty little give and go, putting a pass into space and on a platter for Shea to send a rocket into the top corner. Kaka then added a goal of his own in the 48th minute to make it 3-0. In a feel good moment, the Brazilian, who was clearly in a giving mood on Saturday night, handed over his default PK responsibilities to Kevin Molino who made it 4-0 for the Lions to cap off an all-around great team performance for the Lions.

Our honourable mention this week goes to Seattle Sounders midfielder Osvaldo “Ozzie” Alonso, whose fantastic passing, marking, and defensive play helped the Sounders secure their first victory of the season.