It was announced yesterday via MLSsoccer.com that Chivas USA's striker Justin Braun was named the league's player of the week after his double at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Saturday.
Upon hearing that news, you probably had the same reaction that I had: "I guess all it takes is a little luck and a few misplayed balls directly to your feet to snag that honor."
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Wait, no. That's just me being unkind. Your likely reaction was: "Doesn't it seem like a lot of players pick up this award after playing games against the Wizards? They have to lead the league in that category."
Well, if you were thinking that, you're a 1/3 right. Amongst the futility categories that KC leads the league in, surrendering a player of the week performance is in fact one of them. It's happened three times -- Emilio Renteria (Columbus, May 23), Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls, June 26) and Justin Braun (Chivas USA, July 10). Two other teams, San Jose and Seattle, share this ignominy.
Of course, that's really only the beginning of the disturbing things related to MLS' player of the week.
Kansas City is one of 6 teams (Chicago, Colorado, San Jose, Houston and Seattle are the others) who have yet to have a player honored this year. For context, Real Salt Lake and the Los Angeles Galaxy are tied with the most players awarded (three for both) and Alvaro Saborio (RSL), Edson Buddle (LAG) and Dwayne De Rosario (TFC) are the only two-time winners.
The Wizards haven't had a player take home this honor since Josh Wolff scored two goals in a 3-2 win over FC Dallas on Sept. 19, 2009. That would be double the amount of goals he's scored this year.
Over/under on how many more times this happens this year? Who will be the first Wizard (if any) to take home Major League's Soccer player of the week?