Blas Perez could have just left it to his wonder-goal to do the talking, but he added to it and became the easy winner of the MLS Player of the Week vote as a result.
Perez was selected as Week 27's top performer by the North American Soccer Reporters on Monday for his impressive brace in FC Dallas' 2-1 win vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday. The veteran striker ran away with the honor by collecting nine first-place votes, well ahead of runner-ups Dom Dwyer and Lee Nguyen, who earned two votes each.
The Panamanian joined rookie Tesho Akindele as Dallas players to earn the accolade this season. Perez first scored in the Western Conference bout at Toyota Stadium with a stunning and perhaps unintentional strike from a tight angle on the right, before punishing the Whitecaps in the 78th minute with a winner that gave him his first multi-goal game of the 2014 season.
Perez became the eighth consectuive Western Conference player to win the award.
2014 MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Week 27: Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
- Week 26: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
- Week 25: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
- Week 24: Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)
- Week 23: Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas)
- Week 22: Chris Schuler (Real Salt Lake)
- Week 21: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)
- Week 20: Yannick Djalo (San Jose Earthquakes)
- Week 19: Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City)
- Week 18: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
- Week 17: Erick Torres (Chivas USA)
- Week 16: Jack McInerney (Montreal Impact)
- Week 15: Luis Silva (D.C. United)
- Week 14: Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers)
- Week 13: Deshorn Brown (Colorado Rapids)
- Week 12: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
- Week 11: Federico Higuaín (Columbus Crew)
- Week 10: Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire)
- Week 9: Joao Plata (Real Salt Lake)
- Week 8: Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)
- Week 7: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
- Week 6: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders)
- Week 5: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders)
- Week 4: Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
- Week 3: Bernardo Añor (Columbus Crew)
- Week 2: Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC)
- Week 1: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)