Portland Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse was voted the Major League Soccer Player of the Week for the 16th week.
Ebobisse led the Timbers to a 6-3 win over the LA Galaxy Wednesday at Dignity Health Sports Park, scoring two goals for the second time in his MLS career. Ebobisse has seven goals and two assists on the season and is tied for seventh in the race to the Golden Boot presented. Portland (9-3-3, 27 points) is in the Western Conference.
With Portland leading 1-0, Ebobisse added some insurance in the 23rd minute after lining up adjacent to Diego Valeri for a set piece. As Valeri approached the ball, Ebobisse came in from the other side with a powerful left-footed strike that cruised over the wall and into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead (watch goal). The finish marked Ebobisse’s first direct free kick goal in MLS and the 21st in his professional career.
The 23-year-old followed it up with combination play in the box in the 80th minute when he finished off a one-two, triangle passing sequence from close range for the sixth goal, which tied a club single-game scoring record (watch goal).
Portland has won its last four games to tie the second-longest winning streak in club history and remained undefeated in its last five.
The MLS player of the week is selected each week of the regular season through media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.