In addition to the adulation of your fans and teammates, as well as the opportunity to look really cool on national television, scoring a devastating brace against your most hated rivals will almost always net you a Total MLS Player of the Week award. This week there can be no question who is the most deserving. Diego Valeri returned to Portland's lineup on Sunday after missing a few weeks due to injury and immediately got back to goal scoring form.
Valeri opened the scoring right before halftime, receiving the ball, splitting Seattle's defenders, and then rifling a shot into the bottom right corner of the net past a sprawling Stefan Frei.
Valeri added his second goal of the night in the 50th minute outmuscling Joevin Jones to get control of the ball before firing the ball over Stefan Frei and just inside the far post to double Portland's lead. In a week where Jack Harrison didn't do what he did in Montreal, this would unquestionably be the Goal of the Week, but we'll have to see which the fans wind up choosing.
This week's honorable mention goes to David Bingham and the entire San Jose Earthquakes defense. Going two men down for 40 minutes is never a winning recipe, but somehow the Earthquakes managed to not only take the lead with 9 men on the field but hold on as well. David Bingham was in fine form as his excellent reading of the game snuffed out cross after cross that Toronto desperately dumped in to the box. It was a huge result for San Jose, and a match that fans of either team are unlikely to forget.