Timbers' Johnson named MLS Player of the Week

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson was named the Major League Soccer Player of the Week on Monday for Week 5 of the 2013 season.

Johnson, who was acquired on December 3, 2012 in a trade with Real Salt Lake, bagged a second-half brace last Saturday, helping his side salvage a 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Trailing, 2-0, in the 55th minute, Johnson netted his first of the contest when he made a well-timed run into the middle of the area and connected on a cross from forward Ryan Johnson. The midfielder directed a header inside the left post to trim Colorado's lead to a goal.

The Portland captain then helped his team complete the comeback in the 71st minute when defender David Horst earned a penalty kick after suffering a foul in the box. The Canadian international successfully placed the penalty kick into the top left corner, tying the match and becoming the fifth Timbers player since 2011 to record two goals in a game.

The MLS Player of the Week award is selected each week by the North American Soccer Reporters. The group consists of members of online, print, television, and radio media.

2013 MLS Player of the Week winners:

Week 1: Mike Magee (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Week 2: Robert Earnshaw (Toronto FC)

Week 3: Bill Hamid (D.C. United)

Week 4: Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA)

Week 5: Will Johnson (Portland)

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