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Fanendo Adi tallies pair to land MLS Player of the Week award

Fanendo Adi, right, scored two goals for Portland in a 3-1 victory.
Fanendo Adi, right, scored two goals for Portland in a 3-1 victory.
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Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi found the net twice to notch the Major League Soccer Player of the Week award for Week 14 of the 2014 MLS season.

Adi’s two markers were recorded in the first-half during the Timbers’ 3-1 road win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

His first tally came in the 36th minute to tie the score at one. Portland midfielder and MLS assists leader Diego Valeri sent a corner kick into the six-yard box that Adi smoothly headed into the net, despite being well covered by Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler.

Nine minutes later, Adi scored the game-winning goal when he put Portland into a 2-1 lead.

Timbers midfielder Gaston Fernandez found Darlington Nagbe in the right side of the box and he ripped the ball toward the net. Salt Lake goalkeeper Jeff Attinella knocked away the powerful strike, but the rebound went straight to Adi, who easily scored the winner.

The Timbers have one match to go before the World Cup break, when they host FC Dallas tonight at 10 p.m. ET in a nationally televised match on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). http://www.soccerreporters.com/.

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