MISL announced its players of the week as follows:
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
Danny Waltman, Chicago Storm
Danny Waltman saved 12 of 15 shots as the Chicago Storm earned their first road win of the season, and triumphed in the first game of their home-and-home weekend series sweep versus the Philadelphia KiXX with Saturday's 4-3 win before 4,615 at Philadelphia's Wachovia Spectrum. Waltman wins his third MISL Goalkeeper of the Week award, and second in January (Jan. 30, Jan. 16, Nov. 21). On Saturday the 2004-05 MISL All-Rookie Team selection was helped by a strong defensive effort that allowed the Storm to thwart Philadelphia's power play.
The Kixx had a two-man advantage for 28 seconds and a one-man advantage for more than three minutes and were held scoreless, in fact Waltman and the Storm held the KiXX scoreless throughout the second half. Chicago's 8-6, come-from-behind victory over the KiXX at the UIC Pavilion on Sunday, with goalkeeper Jeff Richey (2-0) earning the win further improved the Storm's record to 7-9. Chicago now resides in fourth-place in the MISL standings. Waltman has started 14 of 16 games for the Storm, has a record of 5-9, and ranks fourth in the MISL in both goals against average (5.15) and save percentage (66.4). In his first MISL season in 2004-05, the University of Washington graduate and Gig Harbor, Wash., native, started 36 of 39 games, led MISL goalkeepers in minutes played (2145), finished 18-18, had a goals against average of 5.23, and a 68.7 save percentage.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chad Dombrowski, Milwaukee Wave
Chad Dombrowski continues to develop into yet another anchor along the backline of the Wave defense. Even with MISL All-Star teammates Greg Howes and Todd Dusosky providing much of the scoring, All-Star defenders Troy Dusosky and Matt Schmidt leading a steady defense, and goalkeepers Brian Rowland and All-Star Nick Vorberg each netting a win for the Wave, Dombrowksi earned his second MISL Defender of the Week award of the season (Nov. 28), for his efforts in the Wave's weekend wins at California on Friday and at home versus high-powered Baltimore on Sunday.
Dombrowski's goal and assist led Wave defenders on the weekend and he continues to rank third in the MISL in blocks (17), trailing only Schmidt (26) and California's Bill Sedgewick (20). Dombrowkski scored a key second quarter goal against the Cougars, helping the Wave to slowly pull away from their Friday hosts at the Stockton Arena. On Sunday, Dombrowksi's had an assist, giving him four goals and two assists this season, in the Wave's 11-5 defeat of Baltimore at U.S. Cellular Arena. That win solidified the Wave's spot in first-place in the MISL standings and allowed Milwaukee Wave head coach Keith Tozer to celebrate his 600th career coaching win (regular and postseason combined) to the delight of the home crowd of the defending MISL Champion Wave.
The native of West Allis, Wisc., who attended the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, was originally drafted by the Wave (eighth overall) in the 2003 MISL Amateur Draft, and was also selected in the MLS draft. On February 10, 2005, Dombrowski agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Wave. He scored his first professional indoor goal in Wave's clinching win of the 2005 MISL Championship Series Finals on May 21, 2005.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Carlos "Chile" Farias, St. Louis Steamers
Carlos "Chile" Farias' play has been heating up over the past month. This past week the longtime indoor soccer sparkplug fully ignited, scoring 11 points in three games for the second-place Steamers, winners of 10 of their last 12. Farias averaged 3.67 points per game, including two five-point showings, in St. Louis' 12-3 win over Baltimore at Savvis Center on Tuesday, its 12-7 road loss to Baltimore before 8,606 fans at 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday, and its 5-1 defeat of the California Cougars, back at home on Sunday night. In sum, the 29-year-old native of Santiago, Chile, had one of the more prolific scoring weeks in the MISL's recent history.
Farias, who totaled five points (two goals, three assists) Tuesday, five points (five assists) Saturday, and one point (one goal) Sunday joined teammate Jamar Beasley as the latest of the Steamers to leap into the race for the MISL Spalding Scoring Championship. Farias leads the MISL with 20 assists, also has six goals, one game-winner, and has only taken 32 shots. In January alone, Farias has four goals and 13 assists. A former MISL All-Star and All-MISL selection, Farias joined the Steamers on March 18, 2005 in a trade with Baltimore. In 11 games for St. Louis, he totaled seven goals and 10 assists. Prior to the trade, Farias played in 25 games for Baltimore (22 goals and 19 assists). In 2003-04, Farias led the MISL in assists (43) and his team in points as Baltimore won its second MISL Championship in as many years. Farias began his professional indoor soccer career with San Diego in 1996.