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San Jose Earthquakes two-goal hero Gordon nabs MLS prize

Alan Gordon has been named the MLS Player of the Week for Week 18 of the 2013 season.

The 31-year old forward scored a double on the weekend as San Jose Earthquakes came from two goals down to beat California rivals LA Galaxy 3-2 at Stanford Stadium.

Gordon, who came off the bench in the 64th minute, strongly headed home Shea Salinas' floating cross from the left less than four minutes after entering the pitch.

That made it 2-1 after Marcelo Sarvas and Hector Jimenez's earlier goals for the Galaxy before Salinas tied it up at 2-2 in the second minute of injury-time.

That goal lifted the ten-man Quakes, who lost Victor Bernardez to a dubious second yellow card in the 77th minute, before Gordon sent the home side into raptures with a 93rd minute winner, this time heading home Sam Cronin's backpost ball.

The brilliant showing from Gordon, which allowed San Jose to move nine points clear of bottom place in the West, did not go unnoticed with North American Soccer Reporters voting him the Player of the Week.

2013 MLS Player of the Week

Week 18: Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes) Week 17: Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps) Week 16: Kenny Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps) Week 15: Olmes García (Real Salt Lake) Week 14: Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution) Week 13: Marco Di Vaio (Montreal Impact) Week 12: Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders) Week 11: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo) Week 10: Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) Week 9: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) Week 8: Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union) Week 7: Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo) Week 6: Ryan Johnson (Portland Timbers) Week 5: Will Johnson (Portland Timbers) Week 4: Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA) Week 3: Bill Hamid (D.C. United) Week 2: Robert Earnshaw (Toronto FC) Week 1: Mike Magee (LA Galaxy)

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