|CONCACAF Player of the Week |
With a tough task ahead in both CONCACAF Champions League and MLS play, the San Jose Earthquakes needed leadership, and Victor Bernardez provided it. The Honduran center back helped the Quakes keep visiting Toluca's strong attack to just one goal in the midweek Champions League tie and then showed some skill going forward in a 3-3 draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
"Bernardez took center stage Saturday in San Jose's "never say die" turnstile of late-game heroics, as he scored in the 75th and 95th minute to give the Earthquakes a 3-3 draw with Real Salt Lake," wrote Goal USA's Thomas Floyd. Not only did he head one in from a corner kick, the center back's traditional method of scoring, but he hit a rocket with his right foot for the stoppage-time winner. He also was credited for the assist on Chris Wondolowski's opener.
The Quakes would love to be able to count on Bernardez again this week when they face Toluca in the return leg of the Champions League tie, but Bernardez is suspended because of yellow card accumulation. He'll return when San Jose travels to face MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City.
|Congratulations to Victor Bernardez, Goal's 14th CONCACAF Player of the Week winner! |
Marco Fabian - Cruz Azul
The midfielder continues to lobby for inclusion into Miguel Herrera's national team side with "two goals of sheer quality to turn to the game around against Tijuana ahead of the CONCACAF Champions League second leg against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday," wrote Tom Marshall.
Andy Najar - Anderlecht
Carlos Ruiz - Municipal
Yes, that Carlos Ruiz. The 35-year-old is still trucking. After returning to the field in late February in his home country, the former MLS stalwart made a big impact this weekend, scoring a hat trick in a 3-2 win against Heredia that keeps the storied club out of the relegation log jam.