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ProSoccerTalk Player of the Week: Emilio Renteria

Chicago Fire v Columbus Crew

COLUMBUS, OH - MAY 26: Emilio Renteria #20 of the Columbus Crew is held back by Austin Berry #22 of the Chicago Fire as he controls the ball and Gonzalo Segares #13 of the Chicago Fire moves in to help defend on May 26, 2012 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Chicago 2-1. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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The Columbus Crew did some serious climbing in Week 12, leap-frogging three sides to find themselves Monday morning in fourth place in the East.

They couldn’t have done it without Venezuelan striker Emilio Renteria, who woke from a season-long statistical slumber to contribute significantly in a massive road win at Seattle and then in a home victory over Chicago – both achievements coming just four days apart.

His night against Seattle included an assist and one outstanding, long-range, opportunistic goal. (Watch the video below.)

Back at home, Renteria nailed the game-winner against Chicago. Those were his first appearances on the score sheet this year.