Blanco earns Player of the Week honor

Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtémoc Blanco was voted the MLS Player of the Week for Week 9 for his 1 goal, 3 assist effort in a 5-1 win over the New York Red Bulls at Giants Stadium on Sunday. This is the first Player of the Week award for Blanco.

Blanco helped Chicago get on the board early by sending a ball over the top to Chad Barrett for the game's first goal in the 8th minute, and assisted on a Chris Rolfe header to go up 2-0 in the 48th minute. Blanco then converted a 55th minute penalty kick and assisted on Barrett's second goal in the 60th minute to lead the team.

Blanco is the first Fire player picked as the MLS Player of the Week since 2005, when Justin Mapp (Week 23) and Nate Jaqua (Week 10) both took home the honor.

Chicago Fire MLS Players of the Week

2008
Cuauhtémoc Blanco - Week 9

2005
Justin Mapp - Week 23
Nate Jaqua - Week 10

2004
Henry Ring - Week 5
Andy Herron - Week 26 & 27

2003
Chris Armas - Week 29
Damani Ralph - Week 16
Orlando Perez - Week 4

2002
Peter Nowak - Week 6
Ante Razov - Weeks 9 & 19
Josh Wolff - Week 17

2001
DaMarcus Beasley - Week 21

2000
Ante Razov - Weeks 7, 8 & 20

1999
Ante Razov - Week 2
Chris Armas - Week 7
Lubos Kubik - Week 21

1998
Frank Klopas - Week 4
Jerzy Podbrozny - Week 14
Zach Thornton - Week 15
Roman Kosecki - Week 16
Lubos Kubik - Week 17
Josh Wolff - Week 27