CONCACAF Player of the Week: Javier Orozco

The Santos forward scored twice in three minutes to lead the team to a 2-0 victory over Toluca and earn Goal’s CONCACAF Player of the Week honors
CONCACAF Player of the Week
Javier Orozco
AGE 26

Santos 2-0 Toluca

Santos came into the new year with a lot of expectations. The club was heading into a campaign that would see it play in Liga MX and Copa Libertadores, and after a strong Apertura that saw it finish with the second most points, there was plenty of reason for enthusiasm. Then the season started with a draw. Next came a loss. Then two more draws with the league leaders coming into town for a visit. Luckily for the Guerreros, Javier Orozco was on his game, scoring twice in three minutes to lead the team to a 2-0 victory and earn Goal’s CONCACAF Player of the Week honors.

His first, which he put in with his left foot off of a missed penalty, was a tougher finish than most that come in that manner, with the ball caroming off the post and taking a strange angle. Orozco still put it into the back of the net, hitting it past an in-position goalkeeper on two bounces. 

The second was masterful, with Carlos Quintero playing in a ball over the top. Orozco tried to control with his right foot, had it bounce and used his next touch to lift the ball above the keeper’s head. He stayed with it and nodded it past the line, but El Chuletita paid the price, as he was sent face-first into the post and immediately received medical attention and was taken from the field.

Reports today indicate he’ll be out at least a month, but nobody will be able to take from him the glory that led to Goal’s CONCACAF Player of the Week award, a prize which he takes with the shortest time on pitch of any in the award’s history. The prize may be young, but Orozco’s mark could stand for months to come.

Congratulations to Javier Orozco, Goal's 8th CONCACAF Player of the Week winner!

The Shortlist

Alan Pulido - Mexico/Tigres

The young Tigres forward continued the progress he's been making by scoring a hat trick against Korea in a 4-0 win. Pulido didn't score in the regional derby match against Monterrey but if he can catch fire domestically he could compete for a World Cup slot.

Chris Wondolowski - USA

He couldn't match Pulido's mark earlier in the week, but Wondo entered the national team conversation again after scoring two excellent poacher's goals against Korea in a 2-0 friendly. With his foot healthy, the Earthquakes will be hoping for the form he showed in 2012 to re-emerge.

Juan Agudelo - Utrecht

"Agudelo earned his first start for the Eredivisie club on Sunday and wasted no time making an impact, as his flicked header assisted an equalizer by Steve DeRidder in a 1-1 draw against league leader Ajax. Agudelo played the full 90 minutes in a draw that snapped FC Utrecht's four-match losing streak." - Goal USA's Ives Galarcep

Danny Williams - Reading

"Williams opened his scoring account for Reading on Saturday, netting a 76th-minute insurance goal in his team's 3-0 victory against Milwall. He has started 24 of Reading's 29 matches. His steady playing time, and the positive reviews of his form, suggest he could be in for a look from Jurgen Klinsmann when the U.S. national team plays Ukraine on March 5." - Goal USA's Ives Galarcep