Timbers' Ryan Johnson named MLS player of the week
By Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers forward Ryan Johnson was named Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 6 of the 2013 MLS season, it was announced today.
Johnson, 28, scored twice, recording the first two-goal performance of his MLS career, in the Timbers’ 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday at JELD-WEN Field. He becomes the third Timbers player to win the NASR’s MLS Player of the Week and the second in consecutive weeks; captain Will Johnson received the honor in Week 5 following his two-goal performance against the Colorado Rapids on March 30.
Johnson struck for the opening goal against Houston in the 55th minute. A build-up from the back led midfielder Diego Chara down the right wing and he delivered a pinpoint cross into the box for Johnson at the back post, where San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday at JELD-WEN Field at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) on NBC Sports Network, with radio broadcasts available on 750 The Game and in Spanish on La Pantera 940AM.