Who is the Week 12 Latino of the Week?

Argentines Espíndola and Mondaini revive their clubs; Honduran Chávez shines in Dallas

NEW YORK – After the
culmination of Week 12 in MLS and the beginning of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup,
one aspect in relation to both of these events is very clear: Honduras is going
to miss Marvin Chávez.

The Honduran of FC
Dallas cordially declined the call of his national team to the regional
competition and, clearly, his Texas club’s coaching staff should be very
grateful.  The form that Chávez has shown in the past few weeks- when he
was moved from midfield to forward- has been sensational.  Injuries have
burdened the Texan squad, which is why Chávez decided to stay in Dallas to help
his team maintain their good rhythm.

And boy did he do it.

The young Honduran
was the author of the lone goal in the matchup between FC Dallas and New
England Revolution last Saturday at Pizza Hut Park.  Chávez beat his
defender in a footrace along the right side and sped into the penalty box to
score the goal from a very difficult angle.  For this reason, the speedy
Honduran is MLSSoccer.com’s first candidate for Week 12 Latino of the Week.

WATCH: Chávez
gets the win for FC Dallas

Clearly Chávez isn’t
the only nominee, as the Week 12 in MLS action also saw the return of a player
that had been absent from the league under the worst circumstances: Marcos
Mondaini

The Argentine forward
from Chivas USA, who was suspended for an unfortunate foul that he committed
against his compatriot Javier Morales of Real Salt Lake, returned to the field
in a grand manner, scoring the only goal in the game against the Portland
Timbers, and giving his team some much-needed offensive creativity.

The forward scored
his goal off a cross from Paulo Nagamura and was clearly excited about getting
the mark.  Many, including Javier Morales, had expressed how difficult the
suspension had been for Mondaini.  As proof, the Argentine from Chivas USA
calls his compatriot at Real Salt Lake every three days, inquiring about his
recuperation.  Under the circumstances, Mondaini’s success is even more
impressive. 

WATCH: Mondaini
returns with a goal

Speaking of great
Argentine forwards and of Real Salt Lake, Fabián Espíndola also makes an
appearance in the Latino of the Week.  The ferocious RSL forward placed
last Saturday’s game out of reach for Vancouver Whitecaps FC by scoring the
second goal for Salt Lake.

During the absences
of Morales (Left ankle break/dislocation), Álvaro Saborío (Gold Cup) and Arturo
Álvarez (Gold Cup), Espíndola has had to take a leadership role on the RSL
offense, which he performed to perfection at Rio Tinto Stadium.

WATCH: Espíndola
scores RSL’s second

‘Espy’ and Real Salt
Lake haven’t had the best of luck since their defeat at the hands of Monterrey
in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League, but they came back to life in a
2-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.  It would be a mistake to say
that Real Salt Lake- a team which a few months ago was considered the best in
MLS- has run out of gas.  The season is long and if there’s anything in
favor of RSL, it’s the ability to maintain consistency once it’s found.

Relive what each
candidate achieved this week and vote for your favorite by clicking here.  Voting results
and Latino of the Week will be revealed this week in the podcast Tiro Libre (Spanish).