MLS Player of the Week — Week 33: FC Dallas’ Mauro Diaz

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No side in Major League Soccer had a bigger Week 33 than FC Dallas, who knocked off the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0 on Wednesday, and Real Salt Lake, 1-0 on Saturday, to finish top of the Western Conference and secure home-field advantage during the upcoming 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs through, at least, the Western Conference finals.

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At the center of everything that went right for FCD last week — and is typically the case — was their midfield magician, Mauro Diaz. The Argentine playmaker notched a goal and two assists to account for all three of FCD’s goals on the week.

[ MORE: Week 33 Team of the Week — Who joins Mauro this week? ]

What the above video (ignore the fact that David Ousted should have made the save), and marvel at Diaz’s 1) intelligent pressing, 2) nutmeg on Pa Modou Kah, and 3) inside-out move on Jordan Harvey. That’s beautiful attacking soccer from one of MLS’s very best no. 10s. Watch the below video, and marvel at the close control, the quick reading of the game and that exquisite first-time ball across the box to Michael Barrios. His game-winning assist against RSL was nothing to scoff at, either.

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

Week 16: Matias Perez Garcia, San Jose Earthquakes

Week 17: Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers

Week 18: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 21: Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

Week 23: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 24: Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

Week 25: Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

Week 26: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls

Week 27: Didier Drogba, Montreal Impact

Week 28: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew SC

Week 29: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 30: Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

Week 31: Tim Melia, Sporting Kansas City