Ryan Johnson earns MLS player of the week honors

Ryan Johnson was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week after scoring two goals to down the Dynamo. Photo: Ryan Johnson (Portland Timbers)

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2013 — Before a sellout crowd of 20,674 at Portland’s JELD-WEN Field Ryan Johnson notched two goals to down the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. For his efforts, Johnson was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week.

It was the Timbers’ 37th consecutive sellout since they joined MLS in 2011, and Johnson’s goals helped the Timbers to their first win of the 2013 season.

After a scoreless first half and with two starters out due to injuries, Portland’s offense came to life when Ryan Johnson converted Diego Chara’s cross in the 55th minute. The Jamaican international then struck again in the 72nd minute.

After five games, Johnson leads the Timbers with three goals and an assist this season.

The Timbers play host Johnson’s old team the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday at JELD-WEN Field at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.

John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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