FoxSoccer.com Pegs Kenny Cooper as Player of the Week, Ryan Meara Rookie of the Week

14 May 1:17 pm

FoxSoccer.com Pegs Kenny Cooper as Player of the Week, Ryan Meara Rookie of the Week

By Frank Della Femina

FoxSoccer.com awarded double honors to the Red Bulls this week following Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo and Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Union.

Kenny Cooper, who scored his ninth goal of the season with the game-winner against the Union, was dubbed FoxSoccer.com's Player of the Week. Ives Galarcep writes:

The Red Bulls striker has picked up the slack in the absence of injured star Thierry Henry, scoring the game-winning goal in both of New York’s wins this week. The game-winner vs. Houston was a bit of a gift from the Dynamo defense, and Philly goalkeeper Zac MacMath could have done better on Cooper’s winner vs. the Union, but Cooper still gets the credit for capitalizing on defensive mistakes and scoring the goals that pushed New York into first place in the East.

Additionally, goalkeeper Ryan Meara received praise for his continued domination in goal for the Red Bulls. Althoug the Fordham product recently saw his three-game shutout streak come to an end he has, nevertheless, backstopped the club to four-straight wins. Galarcep writes:

A very strong argument can be made for Meara deserving Player of the Week, not just Rookie of the Week, honors for his outstanding play in wins vs. Houston and Philadelphia. Both times, he stepped up big with key late saves to preserve victories.

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