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McInerney voted the MLS top player for May

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With three goals over the course of the month of May — two of them game winners — Philadelphia Union striker Jack McInerney did enough to win the Player of the Month Award.

McInerney got the most first-place ballots from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters. It marked the second-straight month that McInerney has won the Player of the Month honour.

He scored the winners in two separate wins over the sad-sack Chicago Fire, and also bagged a goal in a 5-3 loss to the Montreal Impact. The three goals give him nine on the season, tied with Impact striker Marco Di Vaio.

How The 11 voted: Di Vaio. Montreal’s MLS co-leading scorer actually had a more impressive month than McInerney did. McInerney went into the month with the outright goal-scoring lead, Di Vaio drew level. And when they met head-to-head, Di Vaio had a hat trick in that 5-3 win. Yes, the Union’s top striker also had a goal in that game; but when the league two hottest strikers met face-to-face, Di Vaio was the clear winner.

The Impact are higher in the standings than the Union. Di Vaio meant more to his team than any other player in May (though you could make a strong argument for Portland’s Rodney Wallace, who helped his team to an undefeated month). And, to The 11, that got the Italian veteran our vote.

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