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RSL forward Plata named MLS Player of the Week

Real Salt Lake's Joao Plata has landed the MLS Player of the Week award for Week 9.

The Ecuadorian forward inspired RSL to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory at Chicago Fire with a late brace to help the Utah club extend their unbeaten run to nine matches.

RSL trailed when Mike Magee and Juan Luis Anangono had scored by the half-hour mark but Plata pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute from inside the area before Alvaro Saborio tied it up in the 90th minute.

RSL then went after a winner and it came in stoppage time when Plata converted a neat cross from Saborio at the back post to give his side a record of four wins and five draws from their opening nine fixtures.

Plata now has five goals this season - his highest season tally in four years in MLS - and joins teammate Nick Rimando on the MLS Player of the Week list after the goalkeeper was rewarded for his defensive efforts in Week 1 and Week 7.

2014 MLS Player of the Week

Week 9: Joao Plata (Real Salt Lake) Week 8: Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls) Week 7: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) Week 6: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) Week 5: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) Week 4: Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) Week 3: Bernardo Añor (Columbus Crew) Week 2: Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC) Week 1: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

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