Shalrie Joseph is Goal.com's MLS player of the week for matchday 28.Games are running out for teams to seal a playoff spot, and all the big names are showing up to prove they belong in the post season. One man who refuses to be left out is Shalrie Joseph, whose two goal haul against Seattle Sounders FC gave the New England Revolution a narrow win.
“What would the MLS post-season be without the New England Revolution? Shalrie Joseph is doing his darndest to make sure we don't have to find out,” said chief editor Andrea Canales.
Since joining Major League Soccer, Joseph has helped lead the Revs to the MLS cup final three times, but has yet to win the trophy.
“Need somebody to play big in a must win match? Call Joseph,” said associate editor Allen Ramsey. “The Revs were down a goal when captain Steve Ralston got hurt and had to leave the game. Joseph helped the Revs regroup with his steady presence in the middle of the park. Just after the break he leveled the match from the spot. The match was still level when Revolution striker Edgaras Jankauskas had to leave with an injury. So what do you do? Move Shalrie up front where he scored the match winner in the 87th minute, keeping playoff hopes well and truly alive in New England.”
Or, as Goal.com Magazine chief editor Greg Lalas so succinctly put it, “Guy's a monster.”
The only other player to receive votes was FC Dallas' Jeff Cunningham. The speedy forward notched against Real Salt Lake to take him top of the Golden Boot charts (tied with the Colorado Rapids' Conor Casey on 16 goals but with more assists).
“Jeff Cunningham is on fire. Like center of the earth on fire,” said contributor Seth Vertelney. “With two goals Saturday, Cunningham has six goals in his last four games and 12 goals in his last nine games. After starting the season with no goals in his first seven matches, he has tallied his league-leading 15 goals in just 16 matches.”
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