Every week, MLS announces their player of the week, as voted on by the North American Soccer Reporters. Who are they? Who knows! They're a lot of your favorite soccer media personalities and journalists, but some of the most knowledgable minds in the game are excluded for very petty reasons, while many of the voters don't really cover or watch soccer. They don't tell you who votes, or who their votes were cast for. It's all a mystery.
That's why we've decided to do our own player of the week here at SB Nation. The difference between us and the league's award is that it's completely transparent. Everyone who submits a ballot votes for first, second and third place. First-place votes get three points, second two points and third one point. Sometimes we'll get the same player as the league and sometimes it'll be different, but you'll know exactly how we arrived at our decision.
And that is ...
Week 2 winner -- Andrew Wenger
This week, we match the league, though it was close. Dom Dwyer got quite a few votes for his two-goal performance, but our voters were more impressed with Wenger's role in Houston Dynamo's 5-0 destruction of FC Dallas.
A call-out to my fellow voters: why don't you consider a non-attacking player? I was guilty of voting for three goal-scorers in Week 1, but gave a vote for Anibal Godoy this week. Shouts to my colleagues Alicia Rodriguez and John Rosch, who also cast votes for non-attackers. And to Thad Bell and Robert Jonas, who voted for non-attackers last week.
Below, the results.
Andrew Wenger: 34 points
Dom Dwyer: 27 points
Ignacio Piatti: 13 points
Others receiving votes: Sebastian Giovinco, Chris Pontius, Marco Pappa, Andre Blake, Laurent Ciman, David Villa, Anibal Godoy, Sunny Obayan, Quincy Amarikwa.
|Kevin McCauley||Dom Dwyer||Ignacio Piatti||Anibal Godoy|
|Dave Clark||Andrew Wenger||Sebastian Giovinco||Ignacio Piatti|
|Drew Epperley||Andrew Wenger||Dom Dwyer||Chris Pontius|
|Jeff Engelhardt||Andrew Wenger||Chris Pontius||Dom Dwyer|
|Rob Usry||Dom Dwyer||Andrew Wenger||Chris Pontius|
|Kartik Krisnaiyer||Andrew Wenger||Ignacio Piatti||Dom Dwyer|
|Jon Szekeres||Dom Dwyer||Marco Pappa||Sebastian Giovinco|
|Michael Citro||Dom Dwyer||Andrew Wenger||Chris Pontius|
|Alicia Rodriguez||Ignacio Piatti||Andre Blake||Andrew Wenger|
|Mitchell Tierney||David Villa||Sebastian Giovinco||Andrew Wenger|
|John Rosch||Dom Dwyer||Andre Blake||Laurent Ciman|
|Eugene Rupinski||Andrew Wenger||Chris Pontius||Sebastian Giovinco|
|Rafael Diaz||Andrew Wenger||Dom Dwyer||Chris Pontius|
|Steve Stoehr||Andrew Wenger||Chris Pontius||Sebastian Giovinco|
|Patrick Guldan||Ignacio Piatti||Andrew Wenger||Dom Dwyer|
|Jason Anderson||Sunny Onayan||Ignacio Piatti||Dom Dwyer|
|Alicia Tolar||Andrew Wenger||Sebastian Giovinco||Dom Dwyer|
|Robert Jonas||Dom Dwyer||Andrew Wenger||Quincy Amarikwa|
Bonus: Week 1 winner -- Ignacio Piatti
Admittedly, we made the decision to do this after Week 1 of the MLS season kicked off, so we didn't have time to whip up a player of the week post. However, you deserve to see the results. The league's player of the week was Mike Magee.
Ignacio Piatti: 49 points
Mike Magee: 38 points
Others receiving votes: Fabian Castillo, Sebastian Giovinco, Diego Fagundez, David Bingham, Diego Chara, Mauro Diaz, Maxi Urruti, Tommy McNamara, David Accam, Cyle Larin, Nuno Coelho, Kyle Beckerman, Diego Valeri.
|Kevin McCauley||Mike Magee||Ignacio Piatti||Fabian Castillo|
|Drew Epperley||Mauro Diaz||Mike Magee||Sebastian Giovinco|
|Jason Anderson||Ignacio Piatti||Mike Magee||Diego Fagundez|
|Robert Jonas||Mike Magee||David Bingham||Ignacio Piatti|
|John Rosch||Ignacio Piatti||Diego Fagundez||Mike Magee|
|William Conwell||Ignacio Piatti||Mike Magee||Mauro Diaz|
|Dave Clark||Ignacio Piatti||Diego Chara||Mike Magee|
|Sean Steffen||Diego Fagundez||Mike Magee||Ignacio Piatti|
|Jason Iapicco||Ignacio Piatti||Maxi Urruti||Mike Magee|
|Mark Kastner||Ignacio Piatti||Mike Magee||Diego Fagundez|
|Alicia Rodriguez||Mike Magee||Ignacio Piatti||Mauro Diaz|
|Rob Usry||Ignacio Piatti||Mike Magee||Mauro Diaz|
|Matt Montgomery||Ignacio Piatti||Diego Valeri||David Accam|
|Sofiane Benzaza||Ignacio Piatti||Mike Magee||Sebastian Giovinco|
|Thad Bell||Nuno Coelho||Mike Magee||Cyle Larin|
|Patrick Guldan||Ignacio Piatti||Mauro Diaz||Mike Magee|
|Eugene Rupinski||Mike Magee||Ignacio Piatti||Kyle Beckerman|
|Kartik Krishnayer||Ignacio Piatti||Mike Magee||Kyle Beckerman|
|Alec Rivera||Ignacio Piatti||Mike Magee||Diego Fagundez|
|Alicia Tolar||Ignacio Piatti||Mike Magee||Sebastian Giovinco|