B/R's Clutch Player Of The Week: April 5-11

David ArreolaSenior Analyst IApril 13, 2009

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  Federico Macheda of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal with team mate Wayne Rooney during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at The Stadium of Light on April 11, 2009 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Welcome friends to the fourth edition of B/R's Clutch Player of The Week.

Last week saw some deserving nominees, but in the end it was Yossi Benayoun's stoppage time goal that convinced voters to give him the award. Benayoun received 45.5% of the votes.

Last week saw a decline in voter participation, I'd like for that trend to turn back around and for more people to vote in the poll!

You can view a history of the award here.

Without further delay, I present to you the five nominees for this week's Clutch POTW award.


Federico Macheda, Manchester United

For the first time in Clutch POTW history, a player has two "clutch plays" that have earned themselves nomination.

Federico Macheda came on as a substitute late in Sundays's match with Aston Villa.

When Cristiano Ronaldo scored from outside the box to level the game at 2-2, it seemed that Ronaldo would earn the Clutch POTW nomination.

That was until Federico Macheda scored a beauty in stoppage time to snatch a 3-2 victory for United.

Later the same week, Macheda scored in the 75th minute to give Manchester United a 2-1 victory over Sunderland.

Federico Macheda, you are clutch.


Mariano Gonzalez, FC Porto

It was almost a week of miracles for Manchester United, after Carlos Tevez scored in the 85th minute of Tuesday's Champions League match.

Tevez had a nomination in the bag, until Mariano Gonzalez stole it right back.

With time already dwindling and all of Old Trafford sensing victory, Gonzalez frantically controlled a cross and flicked the equaliser into the back of the net in the 89th minute.

The goal gave FC Porto the advantage going into the second leg, a position they will look to capitalize on.

Mariano Gonzalez, you are clutch.


Davy Arnaud, Kansas City Wizards

The beautiful game keeps the nominations coming with Davy Arnaud.

As time was winding down, it looked as though the Seattle Sounders would keep their perfect MLS record.

Until Arnaud scored a rocket from 35 yards out in the 80th minute.

The Wizards held on to hand the Sounders their first MLS loss in franchise history...which started this season.

Davy Arnaud, you are clutch.


Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs

With baseball season just starting out, I expect to see a lot more MLB players filling the nominations.

The Cubs were down 5-4 when Soriano stepped up to the plate. With a runner already on base, a home run would end the game.

As he has done many times, Soriano smashed a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete the Cubs comeback.

Alfonso Soriano, you are clutch.


Nick Bonino, Boston University Hockey

This could very well be the only nomination of a college hockey player. But, if it is to be the only, then it is for sure the grandest of them all.

With 60 seconds remaining in the NCAA Men's Hockey National Championship Game, Boston University was down 3-1.

Bonino would have the 60 seconds of his life.

He got an assist for the first goal to make it 3-2. Then, with 17.4 seconds left, Bonino scored to force OT.

Boston University won the game in OT with a goal that painfully went in off one of Miami University's players.

Props to Colby Cohen with that winning goal, but Bonino brought the team back to put Cohen in position to score that goal.

Nick Bonino, you are clutch, and also a National Champion.