MISL announced its players of the week as follows:
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
Sanaldo, Baltimore Blast
Sanaldo saved 9 of 11 shots, contributed a mid-fourth quarter assist, and was again outstanding in making his second consecutive start and second start of the season for Baltimore. The third-year MISL professional, who played his first two seasons in Kansas City, yielded just one goal in each half as Baltimore crushed Atlantic Coast-rival Philadelphia, 8-2, before 5,412 fans at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore.
Known for his acrobatic saves and pure athleticism, the 28-year-old native of Feiras de Santana, Brazil, now has a 79.5 save percentage save percentage that would lead the MISL had he played the 210 minutes necessary to qualify for the League leaderboard, and a 4.00 goals against average that would rank second. An MISL All-Rookie Team selection following the 2003-04 season, when he went 6-2 after signing in January, Sanaldo has an MISL career record of 19-13 in 31 starts and 35 games played. Prior to joining the MISL, Sanaldo played outdoor soccer in Brazil for São Paulo Futebol Club, Lages Esporte Clube, Sport Club Bahia, Associação Portuguesa de Desportos, Sport Club Santo Andre and C.E. Umuarama.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Randy Soderman, St. Louis Steamers
Randy Soderman has been hot, and the St. Louis Steamers even hotter. As his team won its sixth consecutive game on Thursday (Dec. 30), Soderman extended his goal scoring streak to four games with a decisive score coming off the assist of Mariano Bollella at 11:25 of the third quarter, breaking a 3-3 tie, and giving St. Louis (7-2) a lead that would stand in an 8-4 home win over the Chicago Storm before 6,603 fans at Savvis Center. Soderman, who also had one of six St. Louis blocks in the game improved his season totals to nine games, five goals, and seven blocks. The five goals lead all St. Louis defenders, and the seven blocks rank second to D.J. Newsom's 11.
The 31-year-old defender is a vital part of a defense that has also been anchored by starting goalkeeper Brett Phillips, and defenders Newsom, Mali Walton, Genoni Martinez, and Mike Kirchoff, and ranks second to undefeated Milwaukee (8-0) in goals yielded per game (4.6). Soderman played 38 games with the Steamers last year totaling seven goals, 11 assists and 27 blocks. The Phoenix, Az., native has previously played professional indoor soccer with the Arizona Sandsharks (CISL), Chicago Power (NPSL), Sacramento Knights (CISL) and Arizona Thunder (WISL).
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Gus Kartes, Chicago Storm
Gus Kartes, who in 1996 first made a name for himself at the young age of 15 when he became the youngest player to ever sign a (five-year) contract with a first division team in Greece, made his first major steps towards establishing himself as a goal scorer in the Major Indoor Soccer League nearly one decade later on Jan. 1, 2006. On Sunday Kartes became the first player of the 2005-06 season to score four goals in one game, when he poured in four goals in addition to one assist in Chicago's 9-7 win over California, snapping the Storm's recent four game losing streak with the win at the UIC Pavilion.
Kartes, who also became only the third player with a five-point game this season (Adauto Neto and Denison Cabral are the others) started off the game with an early assist to newcomer Anthony Maher, who scored at 1:26 of the first quarter to open scoring. In the second and third quarters, Kartes rolled off three consecutive goals, with the third goal coming just 25 seconds into the third quarter, off the assist from Lazo Alavanja. Kartes added a fourth goal and fifth point when he scored at 3:48 of the fourth quarter. He has eight goals and one assist in nine games this season.
In 2004-05, while registered under the name Gus Karterouliotis, he totaled five points (three goals, two assists) for Chicago in nine games. In addition to playing for Greek soccer giants Greek soccer giants Olympiakos, Kartes has played for Major League Soccer's Tampa Bay Mutiny and Colorado Rapids. Kartes is the third Storm player to win a weekly honor, Goalkeeper Danny Waltman and Forward Mark Ughy have each won player of the week awards for their respective positions.