For the second time in three weeks – and the fifth time in 2012 – Thierry Henry has been voted MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters. (See how the media voted here.)
Henry was simply majestic in a 4-1 rout of Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, assisting on New York's first three goals and then adding an exclamation point with his own classy chip in the win.
The French Designated Player served a corner kick to Markus Holgersson for New York’s first goal, then set up Kenny Cooper twice with gorgeous feeds. Then, in stoppage time, Cooper returned the favor to his strike mate with a through ball to a streaking Henry that the four-time World Cup veteran chipped over Freddy Hall from 25 yards out.
Henry’s 14 goals and 12 assists so far this season give him a hand in nearly half of all the Red Bulls’ total scoring. He’s currently tied for fourth in the Golden Boot race with Robbie Keane and even with Brad Davis and Dwayne De Rosario for fourth among the league’s assist leaders.
With this week's nod, Henry becomes only the third player in MLS history to be voted Player of the Week five times in one season. He joins Cobi Jones, who had a five-peat in 2008, and Jason Kreis, who holds the record with six PotW nods in 1999.
Coming in a close second in this week's voting was Álvaro Saborío, whose hat trick lifted Real Salt Lake to a 4-0 rout at Chivas USA.
2012 MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Week 30: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
Week 29: Thierry Henry (New York)
Week 28: Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
Week 27: Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)
Week 26: Federico Higuaín (Columbus Crew)
Week 25: Federico Higuaín (Columbus Crew)
Week 24: David Ferriera (FC Dallas)
Week 23: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Week 22: Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)
Week 21: Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew)
Week 20: Calen Carr (Houston Dynamo)
Week 19: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 18: Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake)
Week 17: Danny Koevermans (Toronto FC)
Week 16: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Week 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)