Alan Gordon picked a pretty good time to score his first two goals of the season.
The veteran forward opened his 2013 scoring account with a pair of timely headers in a substitute appearance that helped give the San Jose Earthquakes a spectacular 3-2 comeback win over the LA Galaxy in front of more than 50,000 fans at Stanford Stadium on Saturday.
The heroic 26-minute performance also earned Gordon the MLS Player of the Week award for Week 18 as voted on by the North American Soccer Reporters, making him the first Quakes player to claim the honors this year. (See how the NASR voted here.)
Gordon ignited San Jose's latest imporable rally with a header four minutes after entering the match and then scored the decisive goal three minutes into stoppage time and a minute after Shea Salinas had equalized, nodding home a Sam Cronin cross to send Quakes supporters into a frenzy and give the the club all three points.
2013 MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Week 18: Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 17: Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Week 16: Kenny Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Week 15: Olmes García (Real Salt Lake)
Week 14: Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution)
Week 13: Marco Di Vaio (Montreal Impact)
Week 12: Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)
Week 11: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo)
Week 10: Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Week 9: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls)
Week 8: Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union)
Week 7: Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)
Week 6: Ryan Johnson (Portland Timbers)
Week 5: Will Johnson (Portland Timbers)
Week 4: Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA)
Week 3: Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
Week 2: Robert Earnshaw (Toronto FC)
Week 1: Mike Magee (LA Galaxy)