Total MLS Player of The Week - Week 18

One of this season's most entertaining players has unquestionably been Philadelphia Union midfielder Ilsinho. While his attacking statistics haven't exactly set the league on fire, he's (probably) leading the Eastern Conference in megging fools and making defenders rethink their career choice. 

All of this entertainment hasn't added up to a lot of goals or assists for the Brazilian however.  So it was nice to finally see Ilsinho get his first two MLS goals in Saturday's match against DC United.

Ilsinho was a threat all afternoon with his dribbling and he earned a penalty in the 46th minute. Alberg was the designated penalty taker of the day, but he had already scored from the spot earlier and Ilsinho asked if he could take it in order to get that first goal for the Union behind him. The penalty was struck with both power and accuracy and found the bottom left corner past an outstretched Bill Hamid who was helpless to stop it.  

Ilsinho made a second deposit in his newly opened account shortly after the break when he cannoned a shot past Hamid after a lovely glancing header from CJ Sapong. Ilsinho would go on to leave the match early with a bit of tightness in his groin, but he did so to a rousing ovation from the Talen Energy faithful as is only right and appropriate for the Total MLS Player of the Week. 

This week our honorable mention goes to Frank Lampard. Frank's come back from his long term stay on the sidelines like a house on fire and has netted 4 times in his last 5 matches. He scored two this week, the first being a rather fortunate bounce of his knee against New England on Wednesday and the second on Sunday night as he laced the ball into the bottom left corner against Sporting Kansas City.