MLS Player of the Week — Week 16: San Jose Earthquakes’ Matias Perez Garcia

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It’s taken a bit of time — roughly six months in his Major League Soccer career — but Matias Perez Garcia, a dynamic, 5-foot-5 attacking midfielder for the San Jose Earthquakes, is really settling into MLS nicely these days.

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In his last four appearances (two wins and two draws for the Earthquakes), Perez Garcia has tallied one goal and three assists. On Saturday, MPG led the ‘Quakes to a shocking 2-0 upset of the (extremely shorthanded) Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

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Perez Garcia set up the game’s opening goal (below video), scored by Sanna Nyassi in the 28th minute, and scored a wondergoal of his own in the 73rd minute, when the Argentine attacker weaved his way through the Sounders midfield and defense before cutting inside and floating a delicate shot inside the far post of Stefan Frei. Saturday’s showing was just enough for MPG to edge out David Villa and David Ousted for MLS Player of the Week honors in Week 16.

MLS Players of the Week

Week 1: Tyler Deric, Houston Dynamo

Week 2: Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

Week 3: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls

Week 4: Kaka, Orlando City SC

Week 5: Harrison Shipp, Chicago Fire

Week 6: Jaime Penedo, LA Galaxy

Week 7: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas

Week 8: Ethan Finlay, Columbus Crew SC

Week 9: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas

Week 10: Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas

Week 11: Chad Barrett, Seattle Sounders

Week 12: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew SC

Week 13: Krisztian Nemeth, Sporting Kansas City

Week 14: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 15: David Villa, New York City FC