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Camilo wins final Player of the Month award for 2013

Camilo

Camilo

Even after the Whitecaps have wrapped up their playoff-less season, Camilo continues to earn the accolades.

On Thursday, Camilo won his second Player of the Month honour of the MLS season. He got the most first-place votes out of the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

Camilo’s been player of the week four times, player of the month twice, and he’s won the Golden Boot as the top scorer in MLS. Had the Whitecaps made the playoffs, even the play-in game, we’d be talking about the Brazilian as the leading MVP candidate. Instead, that vote is wide open.

Camilo scored six times in October, including a hat trick in the final regular-season match of the season after the Whitecaps had already been eliminated from the playoffs.
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Camilo wins Player of the Week award for fourth time in 2013

Camilo

Camilo

Had the Vancouver Whitecaps made the playoffs, Camilo would be at the leading edge of the who-is-MVP discussion.

He’ll still get some consideration. After all, he’s been the Player of the Week enough times, hasn’t he? For the fourth time this year, Camilo got the weekly honour from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

The Brazilian forward scored three times in a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids Sunday. And while the game held no post-season meaning for the Whitecaps, it did allow Camilo to usurp Mike Magee for the Golden Boot as the league’s top scorer.

Camilo scored on a penalty, then got two more in the second half to take the scoring title.
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Gabriel Torres, the man who ended the Whitecaps’ playoff dream, named MLS Player of the Week

Gabriel Torres put the final stake through the heart of the Whitecaps' playoff hopes.

Gabriel Torres put the final stake through the heart of the Whitecaps’ playoff hopes.

The man who ended the Vancouver Whitecaps’ playoff hopes is the MLS Player of the Week.

Gabriel Torres, whose rocket of a shot was the margin of difference in Colorado’s 3-2 win over Vancouver on Saturday, got the most first-place votes from the members of the North American Soccer Reporters.

Torres scored right after Camilo had equalized for Vancouver on a penalty kick.

The win mathematically eliminated the Whitecaps from playoff contention.
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Manneh’s win marks the sixth time a Whitecap has been named POTW

Kekuta Manneh

Kekuta Manneh

If you only looked at the season-long list of MLS Players of the Week, you’d assume that the Vancouver Whitecaps were comfortably ahead of the pack in the Western Conference.

On Monday, the North American Soccer Reporters voted Whitecaps’ teenage forward Kekuta Manneh the Player of the Week. It’s the sixth time a Whitecap has got the honour this year — more than any other team in the league.

But the reality is that the Whitecaps go into their final two games of the season — both against the Colorado Rapids — three points adrift of the fifth and final playoff spot.

Manneh is an example of the Whitecaps season. When things go right, boy do they go right. Manneh became the first player in Whitecaps’ MLS history to score a hat trick. And he did so Wednesday in Seattle, during an oh-so-sweet 4-1 demolition of the rival Sounders.
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Camilo’s crazy strikes earn him his third Player of the Week selection of 2013

Camilo

Camilo

You know that you’ve had a special game when you score a spectacular free-kick goal from outside the area… and that’s NOT the goal everyone is talking about.

But that’s the case with Camilo, the Vancouver Whitecaps forward who has been named the MLS Player of the Week for the third time this season. He got the most first-place votes from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

Camilo scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season on Sunday, both of them equalizers, in a 2-2 draw with Portland at BC Place. Now, the draw didn’t help the Whitecaps very much; Vancouver is six points adrift of the Western Conference’s final playoff slot with just three games left on the schedule.

But, heck, Camilo’s goals were simply spectactular. The 30-yard free kick strike. Meh. Just a sign of what was to come.
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Crew’s Oduro named MLS Player of the Week

Dominic Oduro

Dominic Oduro

With an assist and a goal, Columbus Crew forward Dominic Oduro was named MLS Player of the Week.

Oduro got the most votes out of the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters. His performance Sunday helped the Crew keep its playoff hopes alive, as the men in yellow got a 4-2 decision over FC Dallas.

Oduro set up Jairo Arrieta’s opener and then, later in the first half, finished his chance with a shot that went just inside the post. Oduro’s goal was the Crew’s third marker of the game, and would eventually go on to be the game winner.
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Lenhart named MLS Player of the Week; The 11 gives its nod to Carlyle Mitchell

Steven Lenhart

Steven Lenhart

Steven Lenhart is the MLS Player of the Week.

In a weekend that was filled with braces (heck, Houston had two players on two-goal games, Camilo scored two as a substitute for Vancouver), Lenhart’s two-goal effort was the one that stood out in the minds of the North American Soccer Reporters. He got the most first-place votes out of the NASR members.

Lenhart’s two goals were the margin as the San Jose Earthquakes upset Real Salt Lake 2-1 Rio Tinto Stadium. The altitude didn’t keep Lenhart from being able to judge crosses, which sail further in the rarified air. He headed home two goals just four minutes apart to keep the Earthquakes’ playoff hopes alive. The Earthquakes are four points out of the playoffs, and have just four matches left on the schedule.
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Martins named MLS Player of the Week for helping propel Sounders into first

Obafemi Martins

Obafemi Martins

Seattle Sounders’ forward Obafemi Martins was named the MLS Player of the Week for his one-goal, one-assist effort in Friday’s 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

Martins got the most first-place votes from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

He scored the opener in the third minute and then got the second assist on Lamar Neagle’s insurance goal. The win allowed Seattle to seize top spot in the MLS Western Conference, and first-place overall in the league. If MLS regular-season play ended today, Seattle would now be guaranteed home field advantage all the way to the Dec. 7 MLS Cup, if the Sounders make it that far. (Good thing the Seahawks are on the road that weekend)
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Montreal’s Di Vaio named MLS Player of the Week

Marco Di Vaio: Two goals, drew a penalty

Marco Di Vaio: Two goals, drew a penalty

He scored twice and drew the penalty that changed the game. He re-took the MLS overall scoring lead.

And, for those reasons, Montreal Impact striker Marco Di Vaio was voted the league’s player of the week. The Italian forward earned the most first-place votes from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

Di Vaio was a key part of the Impact’s 4-2 win Sunday at New England. Yes, he scored two goals, but that probably wasn’t his biggest contribution. Before the game was five minutes old, he was brought down in the box by Revs’ keeper Matt Reis. The goalkeeper was sent off, New England was down to 10 men, Patrice Bernier converted the first of two penalties, and the Impact was off to the races.

Di Vaio spurred all of it by, ironically, fluffing his first attempt at a shot that kept the ball in the area, and kept him near the ball when Reis clipped him. Had Di Vaio got his first attempt off, chances are the penalty never happens.
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Keane named MLS Player of the Week; The 11 went with Plata

Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane

Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane figured in all of the goals scored by his team in this past weekend’s 3-0 win over the rival San Jose Earthquakes.

The Irish Designated Player sent teammate Landon Donovan in alone, then scored on a penalty kick and a volley to finish the rout of the Quakes. That two-goal, one-assist night earned him the MLS Player of the Week Award, after the votes from the members of the North American Soccer Reporters were counted.

The Galaxy is five points behind Real Salt Lake for the Western Conference lead, and overall lead on the MLS table, too. But the Galaxy has two games in hand, so it looks like those teams will go down to the wire to determine who will earn home field advantage throughout the playoffs, including the MLS Cup if either teams survives.
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