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June 17, 2002

NEW YORK (TICKER) --

MetroStars forward Mamadou Diallo, who scored four goals in a game for the second time in his career, was named as the Major League Soccer Player of the Week.

Diallo had four goals in the MetroStars' 5-0 rout of the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday. He also victimized the Galaxy with his first four-goal game as a member of the Tampa Bay Mutiny in a 4-4 tie on May 9, 2001.

A native of Senegal, Diallo scored his first goal of the match in the 27th minute from the edge of the penalty area. The play began at midfield where teammate Brad Davis fed midfielder Andy Williams with a through ball. Williams sent a long ball to the edge of the box, where Diallo blasted a low, half-volley to the left of goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.

His second goal came in the 36th minute from almost the same exact same spot on the field. Williams sent another long ball Diallo's way, setting up a footrace between his teammate and Galaxy defender Alexi Lalas. As Lalas attempted to turn the ball outside, Diallo immediately dispossessed Lalas and sent home another low shot past Hartman.

Completing the fourth hat trick of his career, Diallo scored again in the 58th minute on a crossing pass from Williams. The play started on the right side of the field on a pass from midfielder Craig Ziadie to Williams, who sprinted into the penalty area. Williams then fed a pass across the six-yard box where Diallo one-timed a shot past Hartman.

Diallo rounded out the scoring in stoppage time when he was fouled in the penalty area and took the resulting penalty kick for his fourth goal of the game.

Diallo beat out teammate Williams, Dallas Burn forward Jason Kreis and striker Jeff Cunningham of Columbus for the award.

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Well it was really an incredible performance by Diallo.

I got to see the entire match, and I wonder why he is not at least a reserve on the Senegal NT:confused:
 

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MetroStars G Howard named MLS Player of the Week

June 24, 2002

NEW YORK (TICKER) -- Goalkeeper Tim Howard was named Major League Soccer Player of the Week on Monday, marking the second straight week that a member of the MetroStars captured the honor.

Howard posted his second straight shutout and the 10th of his career as the MetroStars blanked the Chicago Fire, 1-0, on Saturday. He made nine saves, including a pair of key stops late in the game.

In the 80th minute, Howard made a diving save on a shot by Ante Razov and in the closing minutes he tipped a point-blank shot by Carlos Bocanegra over the crossbar.

Last week forward Mamadou Diallo, who scored four goals in a game for the second time in his career, earned the award.

Other players considered this week were: Kansas City forward Igor Simutenkov, Los Angeles forward Sasha Victorine and San Jose forward DeWayne DeRosario.

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D.C. United N Rimando named MLS Player of the Week

July 1, 2002

NEW YORK (TICKER) --

Goalkeeper Nick Rimando of D.C. United (Ex Fusion !!! Baby !!!) :smileani: was named Major League Soccer Player of the Week on Monday after recording his second straight shutout of the year.

Rimando made five saves and kept a clean sheet for the third time this season in a 1-0 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday at RFK Stadium.

Rimando was tested early in the match by Carlos Ruiz and faced further attempts in the second half including a save in stoppage time to preserve the shutout.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper has 10 career shutouts, seven of which came with his former club the Miami Fusion. United (6-6-1) moved into second place in the Eastern Conference with 19 points.

Other players considered this week were: MetroStars forward Clint Mathis, Colorado Rapids striker Chris Carrieri, Dallas Burn marksman Jason Kreis, MetroStars goalkeeper and last week's winner Tim Howard and teammate Bobby Convey.

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Fire F Josh Wolff named MLS Player of Week

July 15, 2002

NEW YORK (TICKER) --

Forward Josh Wolff, who scored twice and set up the "Golden Goal" in the Chicago Fire's 3-2 road triumph over the MetroStars, was named Major League Soccer Player of the Week on Monday.

Wolff, who played a key role in the U.S. national team's round-of-16 victory over Mexico at last month's World Cup, earned Player of the Week honors for the first time since 1998, his rookie season.

He also became the third member of the Fire to receive the accolade this season, joining midfielder Peter Nowak and forward Ante Razov.

In Saturday's battle of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, Wolff centered the ball into the path of an onrushing DaMarcus Beasley six minutes into overtime. The midfielder's one-timer found the back of the net and gave the Fire their fourth win in six all-time games at Giants Stadium.

The Fire were trailing, 1-0, when Wolff struck twice during a three-minute span. He pinpointed a 30-yard free kick into the top corner of the net and knotted the contest eight minutes into the second half.

In the 55th minute, the 25-year-old Wolff beat a pair of defenders to the ball and slotted the ball past goalkeeper Tim Howard from six yards out.

Wolff beat out Columbus forward Brian McBride and Kansas City midfielder Chris Klein for the honor.

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I saw the clip of Wolff's free-kick goal on MLSnet.com. A wonderful shot. First-rate!

His second goal was pretty good too. He attacked the net at the perfect time to knock a cross from Beasley into the net.
 

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I saw the clip of Wolff's free-kick goal on MLSnet.com. A wonderful shot. First-rate!

His second goal was pretty good too. He attacked the net at the perfect time to knock a cross from Beasley into the net.
Thats because so many of the strikers (American made that is) in the MLS are FIRST RATE !!! :smileani:
 

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Monday, July 22

Mamadou Diallo has been named as the MLS player of the week. The MetroStars forward scored twice in a 4-3 victory against the New England Revolution on Saturday at Giants Stadium

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Crew F Jeff Cunningham named MLS Player of Week

August 5, 2002

NEW YORK (TICKER) -- Columbus Crew forward Jeff Cunningham, who had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory over the MetroStars on July 31, on Monday was named Major League Soccer Player of the Week.

Prior to the MLS All-Star weekend, Cunningham scored a goal and set up the winning goal in a 3-2 victory over the MetroStars on July 31.

It was the second weekly award of his career, the first coming in Week Eight of 1999.

Cunningham is ranked eighth in the league with 10 goals and four assists. With seven matches to play, he is two goals shy of matching his season-high of 12 from 1999.

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Wizards G Meola named MLS Player of Week

August 12, 2002

NEW YORK (TICKER) -- Kansas City Wizards goalkeeper Tony Meola, who became the first to save two penalty kicks in one game, on Monday was named Major League Soccer Player of the Week.

Meola, who was the No. 3 goalie on the United States National Team which reached the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals in Korea/Japan, stopped the 47th-minute penalty from forward Jaime Moreno. The 2000 league MVP also denied midfielder Marco Etcheverry with two minutes left as the Wizards clung to a scoreless tie at D.C. United.

The shutout marked Meola's third of the season and increased his MLS career record to 44 clean sheets.

The 33-year-old Meola, who last won the award after Week 15 of the 2000 campaign, also lowered his goals-against average this season to a league-leading 0.93.

Meola beat out fellow U.S. World Cup veteran and Los Angeles forward Cobi Jones for the weekly honor.

I guess it REALLY doesnt count...but didnt the MLS Officials see him eat 6 GOALS last week in Morelia ????? :confused:
 

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Burn M Antonio Martinez named MLS Player of Week

August 19, 2002

NEW YORK (Ticker) - Dallas Burn midfielder Antonio Martinez on Monday was named MLS Player of the Week after scoring his first two goals of the season in a 3-1 victory over the MetroStars.

Martinez, in his third season, notched a career-high five points on two goals and an assist on Saturday at Giants Stadium. The 25-year-old Mexican leads Dallas with nine assists.

Martinez scored the spectacular clinching goal on a solo effort that could be among the finalists for Goal of the Year honors. He picked up a cross on the left side of the box, dribbled past a pair of defenders and slotted the ball by goalkeeper Tim Howard.

The win moved the Burn within two points of league-leading San Jose heading into Wednesday's showdown with the Earthquakes.

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Ramiro Corrales named MLS Player of Week

August 26, 2002

NEW YORK (Ticker) - Defender Ramiro Corrales, who had a career-high four points San Jose Earthquakes' midweek win, on Monday was named MLS Player of the Week.

Corrales netted a goal and two assists in San Jose's 3-1 victory over the Dallas Burn on Wednesday. The defending MLS Cup champion became the first team to secure a postseason berth.

The 25-year-old increased his season totals to three goals and nine assists for 15 points. Playing in his second spell with the club, Corrales also was on the San Jose roster in 1996-97, when the team was nicknamed the Clash.

Corrales captured his first career Player of the Week award and is the second player from the Earthquakes to receive the honor this year. Ariel Graziani picked up the award in Week 5.

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