Patrice Bernier wishes every week could be Montreal's home opener.
And with the way he played, why not? Bernier's three assists paced the Impact to a 4-1 triumph over the Seattle Sounders in the opener of Stade Saputo on Saturday and earned him Player of the Week honors for Weeks 13-15, as voted on by the North American Soccer Reporters (see who and how the media voted here).
WATCH: Bernier in action vs. Seattle
The 32-year-old Montreal-area native led the Impact to their highest single-game goal tally in their young MLS career, which included a brilliant feed to Felipe who buried the newly renovated stadium's inaugural goal.
The nod is Bernier's first in what was just his eighth career MLS game, after signing on with Montreal last December from Lyngby BK of the Danish first division.
Bernier received seven of the 18 votes cast, narrowly edging out runner-up Fabián Espíndola, whose brace led Real Salt Lake to a 3-0 win over Chivas USA. Chicago's Chris Rolfe and Patrick Nyarko, Vancouver's Darren Mattocks, and Bernier's teammate Felipe also received first-place votes.
2012 MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Weeks 13-15: Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact)
Week 12: Emilio Rentería (Columbus Crew)
Week 11: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)
Week 10: Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
Week 9: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 8: Steven Lenhart (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 7: Chris Pontius (D.C. United)
Week 6: Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA)
Week 5: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Week 4: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Week 3: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Week 2: David Estrada (Seattle Sounders)
Week 1: Kalif Alhassan (Portland Timbers)