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Montreal’s Di Vaio named MLS Player of the Week

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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.

How The 11 voted: Di Vaio now has 17 goals on the season, good enough for the MLS lead. He’s helped Montreal to a share of first place in the Eastern Conference with New York and Sporting Kansas City, but the Impact has two games in hand.

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