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Di Vaio’s hat trick earns him MLS Player of the Week nod


Two hat tricks highlighted this past weekend’s MLS action. Marco Di Vaio scored three in the first half as the Montreal Impact defeated the Philadelphia Union 5-3 on Saturday. Robbie Keane got three as the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Seattle Sounders 4-0 on Sunday.

But, in the eyes of the North American Soccer Reporters, Di Vaio’s hat trick was more important to his team. The Italian striker won the player of the week vote.

And it should. Keane scored two of his three goals on penalties, and that’s a pretty large difference between the two players’ performances.

The goals allowed Di Vaio to catch Philadelphia forward Jack McInerney, who also scored this past weekend, atop the MLS scoring chart. The players have nine goals each.

How The 11 voted: Di Vaio. The success of the Impact has been a breath of fresh air for a Canadian soccer scene that’s been battered by men’s national-team struggles, and MLS and NASL teams that have underperformed. As the season progresses, the Impact look more like a team that could be in the MLS Cup, er, Coupe MLS, at the end of the playoffs.

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