Houston's Carr edges Donovan for Player of the Week

Dynamo striker earns first Player of the Week award

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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

It's all going right for Calen Carr.

The Dynamo midfielder – who helped Houston rack up a nine-point week and jump into sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference – had himself an impressive two games en route to being named Player of the Week for Week 20, as voted on by the North American Soccer Reporters (see who and how the media voted here).

Carr's brace on Wednesday was the difference in the Dynamo's 2-1 win over Sporting KC, and his set-up play on Saturday helped notch an early goal – and eventual game-winner – against Montreal.

WATCH: Carr nets game-winner over Sporting KC

The nod is the first for both Carr and the Dynamo this season.

The voting was as close as it gets. Carr edged out Week 16 winner Landon Donovan of the LA Galaxy by a single vote. Also receiving first-place votes were Vancouver's Barry Robson and Young-Pyo Lee, LA's David Beckham, FC Dallas' Jackson, Columbus' Jairo Arrieta, New York's Kenny Cooper, and fellow Houston teammate Macoumba Kandji.

2012 MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Week 20: Calen Carr (Houston Dynamo)
Week 19: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 18: Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake)
Week 17: Danny Koevermans (Toronto FC)
Week 16: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Week 13-15: Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact)
Week 12: Emilio Rentería (Columbus Crew)
Week 11: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)
Week 10: Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
Week 9: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 8: Steven Lenhart (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 7: Chris Pontius (D.C. United)
Week 6: Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA)
Week 5: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Week 4: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Week 3: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Week 2: David Estrada (Seattle Sounders)
Week 1: Kalif Alhassan (Portland Timbers)