We here at Total MLS love our soccer. We enjoy writing about players who played an instrumental role in their teams week in terms of scoring goals and contributing to teammates adding to their totals. But for as much as that determines the outcome of a game, that's not the whole story. Soccer isn’t just about goals and assists. There’s much more to a game than just what can be found in a match’s box score table. This is why we’ve decided to change up our weekly Player of The Week piece.
For the most part, defensive midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers, unless under extreme circumstances, have in the past been excluded from receiving an honour for their incredible work. That just isn’t fair. We’ve decided to split things up a bit so the player who contributes in terms of scoring will be given an equal amount of credit as the player that contributes in more defensive ways.
We present to you our Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.
Our first ever Offensive Player of the Week is DC United forward Patrick Mullins.
DC welcomed Chicago to RFK Stadium and poured cold water on a 10-man Fire that as of late has been surging and showing signs of life.
With the match at a 1-1 deadlock, a streaking Patrick Nyarko found Patrick Mullins at the top of the box, and his left footed strike gave DC the lead in the 40th minute. And it’s safe to say United never looked back. DC went up 3-1 just before half as Mullins buried his second of the match in first half injury time, beating Sean Johnson from close range on a lovely no-look through ball from Luciano Acosta. Mullins would make it a hat trick hero kind of night in the 74th minute making it 5-2, and putting any hopes of a Chicago comeback completely out of reach.
Taking the honour of our first ever Defensive Player of the Week is Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara.
The Timbers were out looking for revenge after their defeat in Seattle just a week ago, and it was revenge that they got. Portland was up 4-0 by half-time and in typical Chara form, he was everywhere. In addition to his assist on Lucas Melano’s goal and 44/45 completed passes, Diego added 2 interceptions, 2 clearances, 9 recoveries, and drew a yellow card in a winning effort. It’s safe to say that without his contributions, a hungry Seattle Sounders might’ve been able to claw their way back into the game.