VANCOUVER, BC - Major League Soccer announced today that Vancouver Whitecaps FC striker Camilo Sanvezzo has been named the league's Player of the Week for Week 17. The Brazilian earned the weekly award, as voted on by North American Soccer Reporters (NASR), following an impressive two goal, one assist performance in a 3-1 win over Chivas USA last Wednesday.
This is the second consecutive week that a Whitecaps FC player has received the award, with strike partner Kenny Miller being honoured last week.
Trailing 1-0 at home in first half stoppage time, Camilo played a key role in turning the match around. First, the in-form South American played a quick ball to teammate Russell Teibert before deflecting his cross in the box to set up defender Jordan Harvey for the equalizing goal. Then, with seconds remaining in the half, Teibert sprung Camilo for a breakaway, which he promptly finished to give the ‘Caps a surprise 2-1 lead at the break.
The second half ended with more of the same, as Camilo got on the end of a ball in the box and slotted home his second of the match in the 81st minute to seal a 3-1 win for Vancouver.
Camilo now has eight goals in MLS this season, leaving him only two behind league leaders Mike Magee, Marco Di Vaio and Jack McInerney with 10 apiece. The Brazilian has now scored 11 goals in all competitions, including seven goals in his past six matches, with three of those goals coming in two Amway Canadian Championship matches.
This is the third time that a Whitecaps FC player has won the honour, and the second such award for Camilo. The 5-foot-7 striker was previously named Player of the Week following his two goal, one assist performance against Sporting Kansas City at Empire Field during Week 3 in Vancouver's inaugural season in 2011.
Whitecaps FC are back in action this coming Saturday, June 29, when they travel to face Eastern Conference side D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on Sportsnet Pacific. Fans can also listen to Saturday’s match live on TEAM 1410 radio and teamradio.ca.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership information can be found at soccerreporters.com.