|CONCACAF Player of the Week|
Leon roared into the Apertura like, well, its namesake lion. It came into this tournament's Liguilla like a lamb, but the side has found its bite. Luis Montes has been the one prodding the lion back to life, and with a goal in the first leg of the team's semifinal with Toluca and an assist in the away leg he put in the best performance in the region and earned Goal's CONCACAF Player of the Week award.
Now the club, the eighth and final seed, enters the two-legged final against Pachuca as the favorite. Montes has powered through the playoffs, whether setting up teammates or going for goal himself. He got free and steered a powerful header past Alfredo Talavera to give his side the advantage in the first leg and sealed the deal by setting up a resurgent Carlos Pena. The assist in particular showed the confidence Montes is playing with and also the vision he possesses. He spotted Pena on the far side and lofted a pass that "Gullit" volleyed in to seal the tie.
Montes and Leon both continue to get better weekly, and though it would've seemed improbale mere weeks ago, the Mexican international may be lifting a trophy for the second consecutive tournament before joining up with the World Cup squad.
|Congratulations to Luis Montes, Goal's 22nd CONCACAF Player of the Week winner!|
Andy Najar - Anderlecht
The Honduran midfielder notched a goal and an assist as he continues to play in a manner that you can't help but think the 21-year-old will play a crucial role for los Catrachos at the World Cup. He hasn't shied away from the big stage with Anderlecht and could excel this summer.
Harry Shipp"Barring injury, the MLS Rookie of the Year award is pretty much settled already, and it's only mid-May. Shipp has been fantastic all season for Chicago. The midfielder scored his first three MLS goals, adding an assist for good measure, in a wild 5-4 win over the Red Bulls," wrote Goal USA's Seth Vertelney. Allen Ramsey wrote: "With Chicago's season off to a rocky start the club needed a lift, and the 22-year-old local boy did his part to help get the team a win it desperately needed."
Terrence Boyd - Rapid Vienna
"Terrence Boyd will head into the U.S. national team's pre-World Cup camp clicking on all cylinders. The 23-year-old striker scored in the 71st minute of Rapid Vienna's 5-2 win over Josko Ried on Sunday, his sixth goal in the past four games. With the tally in second-place Rapid's season finale, Boyd reached the 20-goal mark in all competitions — 15 in the Austrian Bundesliga and five in the Europa League." - Goal USA's Thomas Floyd
Hanzell Arauz - Saprissa
So hot right now. Saprissa was in danger of missing out on a Costa Rican championship after a tournament in which it was clearly the best team. Jonathan McDonald's early sending off made it seem like Saprissa should win easily, but it wasn't until Arauz broke through that fans could breathe easily. Next up? He's landed on Costa Rica's provisional World Cup roster.