Until Saturday, no Houston Dynamo player has scored three goals in a match since Will Bruin did it back in 2011. Now the latest player to achieve this feat, Mauro Manotas, is our offensive player of the week.
Mauro had the best performance of his young career putting three goals past the Portland Timbers. The first goal was a penalty kick, in which the ball was placed on a spot 12 yards away from the goal and Mauro kicked it past Jake Gleeson.
Portland equalized, but Mauro was just getting started. Boniek Garcia made a penetrating run and managed to get a pass off towards Manotas who first timed it with his left foot into the bottom corner of the net.
The Colombian sealed the victory late in the second half when a clever run sent him one on one with Portland GK, Jake Gleeson. Gleeson charged out to cut down Manota’s angle, but Manotas cooly slid it past the New Zealander to give Houston all three points.
Mauro Manotas scored three goals. Some other players like Ola Kamara, Patrick Mullins, David Villa, and Jordan Morris only scored two goals. Three goals is more goals than two goals and that is why Mauro Manotas is our offensive player of the week.
In a weekend that was dominated by a glut of goals, a standout defender was hard to come by. However, in the weekend’s only scoreless match we saw a defensive player of the week performance from FC Dallas’ Walker Zimmerman. Zimmerman was a rock at the back all night for the USOC champions. Three tackles, four interceptions, four blocks, and four aerial duels won was the best stat line from any player in a very defensive match, and his long recovery run and perfectly timed slide tackle to deny Olmes Garcia with a one on one chance at goal probably saved the match for the visiting side.