Cummings is the first Rapids player to win the honor since Conor Casey was recognized for Week 21 of the 2009 season. This is Cummings’ second-ever Player of the Week award, having first won it for Week 14, 2009.
The Jamaican forward had a hand in all three of the Rapids second half goals in the 3-0 win over Chivas USA last Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. He attributes some of the success to changing his cleats at halftime of the match.
“I didn’t think we played well in the first half, especially me,” said Cummings after the game. “My touches were bad and off a little bit. So going into the second half, I thought why not change my shoes, change my attitude and be more aggressive - take some shots and try to score some goals.”
The 28-year has scored eight goals this season, matching his single-season career high, which he set in 2009.
The Rapids were somewhat fortunate that Cummings was available. He had to turn down a call up from the Jamaican National Team on the weekend, since he is currently in the final stages of receiving his U.S. residency (green card) and can’t leave the country. He will join the Jamaica team this week for a friendly versus Peru on Wednesday night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Cummings is then expected to meet the rest of his Rapids teammates in New York ahead of Saturday’s match against the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena at 2 pm MT, live on KWGN-Channel 2 and nationally on TeleFutura.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week by a panel of journalist from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio, and online media. More info can be found at www.soccerreporters.com.