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MLS Player of Week: Kenny Cooper of Red Bulls honored

Red Bulls forward Kenny Cooper was named MLS Player of the Week.

Jeff Zelevansky

Following his two goal performance in the Red Bulls' final regular season game of the year, New York forward Kenny Cooper was named MLS Player of the Week.

Cooper scored two of New York's three goals in its 3-0 win against the Philadelphia Union. This was the first time Cooper earned player of the week honors although his teammate, Thierry Henry, won the award five times this season. Against Philadelphia, Cooper scored his first goal on a penalty kick in the 13th minute then added a second goal in the 66th minute.

He finished the regular season with 18 goals, second most in the MLS. The MLS Player of the Week award capped a very successful first season for Cooper in New York. The Red Bulls acquired Cooper in a trade from Portland during the offseason and he went on to lead the team in goals. He also finished second in the MLS in multi-goal games with five and game-winning goals with seven.

New York will begin the MLS Playoffs on Saturday against D.C. United.