NY's Ángel named MLS Player of the Week
NEW YORK—The New York Red Bulls earned their biggest road win in five years on Saturday, thanks in huge part to Juan Pablo Ángel's brace.
The pair of goals helped New York defeat the Kansas City Wizards, 3-0, and earned the Red Bulls' Designated Player the MLS Player of the Week honor for Week 13, as voted on by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) on Monday.
The former Aston Villa and River Plate marksman put the Red Bulls 2-0 up in the 82nd minute after holding off Wizards defender Aaron Hohlbein before firing a half-volley through the hands of Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
WATCH: Angel gets his first
Ángel then iced his performance with a superbly taken solo effort.
After collecting a long ball fired from deep inside the Red Bulls' own half, Ángel again threw off Hohlbein's challenge before taking the ball to the end line. Nielsen came off his line to try and corral the striker, but Angel weaved his way around the goalkeeper and then fired his effort into an open net.
WATCH: Angel makes it 3-0
The 34-year-old Colombian now has eight goals in 13 games this season to lead the Red Bulls in scoring. He has tallied just one fewer than the Los Angeles Galaxy's Edson Buddle, who leads the league.
This is Ángel's fourth career MLS Player of the Week honor and his first since Week 20 of 2008.
Ángel narrowly edged out the Philadelphia Union's Sebastien Le Toux for this week's honor. Le Toux scored a goal and added an assist in the Union's PPL Park opener, in which they defeat Seattle, 3-1.
Ángel will have a chance to add to his impressive tally on Sunday, July 4, when the Red Bulls travel to Colorado to face the Rapids.
2010 MLS Player of the Week Winners
Week 1: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)
Week 2: Kenny Mansally (New England Revolution)
Week 3: Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)
Week 4: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
Week 5: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)
Week 6: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
Week 7: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Week 8: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
Week 9: Emilio Renteria (Columbus Crew)
Week 10: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)
Week 11: Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Week 12: Chris Pontius (D.C. United)
Week 13: Juan Pablo Ángel (New York Red Bulls)