Hat tricks were rare through the initial 12 rounds of Major League Soccer play. In Week 13, the joint was lousy with them. Mike Magee was the only MLS man who could manage one – and he got traded! That’ll teach him.
But Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio and the LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane did the three-goal thing over the weekend. And in doing so, he accomplished a very rare feat of nailing a hat trick (over just 44 minutes, no less) and still managing not to be the game’s big talking point.
That’s because of Robbie Rogers and his landmark appearance.
But that’s not why he isn’t our Player of the Week. In all honesty, that match was so lopsided, the Galaxy probably could have won with Bruce Arena himself in the striker spot. The Sounders had a very bad day.
Perhaps that’s just not the case with Montreal, who seemed to need a big performance from someone like Di Vaio in Saturday’s 5-3 win over Philadelphia. John Hackworth’s Union is a scrappy bunch, and the brotherly side was threatening to equalize right up to Montreal’s 94th minute insurance goal.
Di Vaio’s hat trick was complete by the 33rd minute, by the way. He’s not level with Jack McInerney as MLS leading scorer, each with nine goals.