Spotlight: Bernardo Anor

Tracking the Venezuelan's career from third-round pick to key cog in Crew attack

Bernardo Anor

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TheCrew.com's Cody Sharrett looks at the key moments in the career of MLS Player of the Week Bernardo Anor so far.

January 13, 2011 -  The Crew selects Anor in the Third Round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft (48th overall)

With its final pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, the Crew picked up Anor out of the University of South Florida after selecting Rich Balchan, Justin Meram and Cole Grossman in the earlier rounds. Anor led the Bulls in scoring in three straight seasons in college. In 59 overall appearances, the Venezuelan tallied 21 goals and notched seven assists.

June 18, 2011 - Anor earns first start, voted to MLS Player of the Week honors  

In his first start for the Black & Gold, the rookie Anor helped his side to a 2-0 road win against the Houston Dynamo. The midfielder picked up his first career goal and assist to earn MLS Player of the Week honors. Anor would be the only Crew player to win the award during the 2011 season.

July 14, 2012 - Venezuelan moves to leftback, suffers torn ACL

Looking for answers on the left side of defense, then-Head Coach Robert Warzycha elected to  move Anor to the backline against Sporting Kansas City. Putting in an admirable performance, Anor suffered a torn ACL in the 63rd minute following a challenge with Kei Kamara. Despite the injury, Anor finished the match.

July 4-7, 2013 -  Anor returns to form

In his third and fourth starts returning from injury, Anor scores on set pieces against the LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers. The midfielder would go on to start all but one of the Black & Gold's remaining matches, finishing with a career-high four goals and earning the club's OhioHealth Comeback Player of the Year award.

March 22, 2014 - First brace, MLS Player of the Week again

In the Crew's 2014 home-opener, Anor heads a Federico Higuaín corner kick into the net and blasts a 35-yard rocket to lift the Black & Gold to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union. Anor was later voted MLS Player of the Week for the second time in his career.