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Landon’s weekend; Robbie’s week: Keane wins PST’s Week 12 honor

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If it was about one game, Vancouver’s Gershon Koffie would have taken the honor. Add in the broader significance of a performance, and Landon Donovan’s record-setting day becomes the choice. But if you factor in the entire seven-day period that culminated on Sunday, a third person becomes the clear choice for Player of the Week. Thankfully for Galaxy fans, that player is also on their team.

With two goals and two assists during the Galaxy’s six-point week, Robbie Keane was the best player in Major League Soccer, a performance that included creating the tap-in for Donovan’s record-setter on Sunday. Even before that, however, Keane had made his mark on the week, with his left-footed finish on Wednesday making FC Dallas pay for not closing him down in the first half. For the sixth time this year, Keane had scored a goal, and for the sixth time this year, LA avoided a loss.

On Sunday, that streak continue when, taking advantage of Sheanon Williams’ uncertainty, Keane scored in the 64th minute, running LA’s lead to 3-0. Nine minutes from full-time, after Donovan sparked an LA breakaway, Keane dished back to the league’s goal king for his second assist of the game, helped the Galaxy to a 4-1 win over visiting Philadelphia.

Over his week’s 180 minutes, Keane had 14 shots, putting five of them on target. He set up five other chances for teammates while contributing to four of his team’s six goals. Perhaps more importantly, his team went 2-0-0, with Keane again serving as the Galaxy’s driving force.

Where this another week, Koffie would have probably won this honor. And Donovan? It’s impossible to begrudge that choice. For us, though, Keane was the league’s best player over the last seven days; hence, our choice as Player of the Week.

PST AwardMLS Award
Week 1Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo
2g, 1a vs. New England
Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake
8 saves, PK save at LA
Week 2Víctor Bernárdez, San Jose Earthquakes
2g, 1a vs. Real Salt Lake
Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
2 goals at Seattle
Week 3Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas
1 goal vs. Chivas USA
Bernardo Añor, Columbus
2 goals vs. Philadelphia
Week 4Álvaro Saborío, Real Salt Lake
2 goals vs. Toronto FC
Graham Zusi, Sporting Kansas City
1 goal, 2 assists at Colorado
March Player of the MonthMichael Bradley, Toronto FC
3 games, 0 goals, 0 assists
Mauro Díaz, FC Dallas
4 games, 2 goals, 0 assists
Week 5Diego Chara, Portland Timbers
2 goals vs. Seattle
Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders
3 goals at Portland
Week 6Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders
2 goals at Dallas
Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders
2 goals at Dallas
Week 7Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake
4 saves vs. Portland
Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake
4 saves vs. Portland
Week 8Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
4 goals vs. Houston, at Columbus
Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
4 goals vs. Houston, at Columbus
April Player of the MonthClint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders
4 games, 7 goals, 2 assists
Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders
4 games, 7 goals, 2 assists
Week 9Chad Marshall, Seattle Sounders
1 goal vs. Philadelphia
João Plata, Real Salt Lake
2 goals at Chicago
Week 10Harry Shipp, Chicago Fire
3 goals, 1 assist vs. New York Red Bulls
Harry Shipp, Chicago Fire
3 goals, 1 assist vs. New York Red Bulls
Week 11David Horst, Houston Dynamo
0 goals, 0 assists vs. LA Galaxy
Federico Higuaín, Columbus Crew
2 goals at Portland Timbers
Week 12Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
2 goals, 2 assists vs. FC Dallas, Philadelphia
Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy
2 goals, 1 assist vs. Philadelphia

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