Jeff Cunningham was voted Week Seven MLS Player of the Week for his efforts in Real Salt Lake's first victory of the season, a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, May 13.
Cunningham notched two goals in Real Salt Lake's win, which was also their first ever road victory.
Cunningham was a second half substitute, coming on in the 69th minute. His first goal came only three minutes later when Chris Klein beat the Galaxy's offside trap and found Carey Talley on the right wing. Talley crossed the ball, just out of Kevin Hartman's reach and Cunningham knocked the ball into an empty net.
In the 87th minute, Cunningham raced alone down the field to chase down a long pass played by Jason Kreis. After rounding Hartman a few yards outside the penalty area, Cunningham shot the ball into the open net.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak, and 18-game winless streak and gives Real Salt Lake a boost going into a home game versus the second place Kansas City Wizards on Saturday, May 20.
The Major League Soccer Player of the Week is selected every week throughout the MLS regular season by a panel of journalists from the Professional Soccer Reporters Association (PSRA).
2006 Player of the Week Winners
Week 1: Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)
Week 2: Jaime Moreno (D.C. United)
Week 3: Cornell Glen (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Week 4: Alecko Eskandarian (D.C. United)
Week 5: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Week 6: Dwayne De Rosario (Houston Dynamo)
Week 7: Jeff Cunningham (Real Salt Lake)