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Camilo’s crazy strikes earn him his third Player of the Week selection of 2013

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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.

The second goal? Wow. Camilo got up into the air, parallel to the ground, to volley home a cross from Lee-Young Pyo. It was goal-of-the-year stuff. And he continues a Whitecaps tradition of scoring crazy goals in Cascadia derbies. (Remember Eric Hassli’s strike vs. Seattle? Of course you do.)

How The 11 voted: Landon Donovan scored a couple of goals against Chivas USA, which put the Los Angeles Galaxy’s poster boy into a tie for the all-time MLS scoring lead. In most weeks, the feat would have been good enough. But The 11’s vote had to go to Camilo. Both of his goals had a crazy degree of difficulty, and he got his markers against a Portland team that’s well… good.

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