MLS Player of the Week — Montreal Impact’s Didier Drogba

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Saturday night’s game against the lowly Chicago Fire wasn’t an absolute must-win for the Montreal Impact, but it was undoubtedly a must-not-lose game in their quest to hold onto the sixth and final playoff spot in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. The Impact, buoyed by Didier Drogba‘s first (three) MLS goal(s), took all three points in a 4-3 victory.

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Drogba’s hat-trick performance was more than enough to land the Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend this week’s MLS Player of the Week honors. A franchise in constant turmoil (Frank Klopas was fired last week, the club’s third manager to be shown the door in less than four full MLS seasons), Drogba’s arrival has not only made L’Impact a better team on the field, but he’s also re-energized a beaten-down fanbase with very little to get excited about.

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The way Drogba shrugs off Eric Gehrig’s full-body challenge to score his first goal on the night (above video) serves as proof he’s still got that goalscoring appetite. The way Stade Saputo erupts and loses its collective mind following his third and game-winning goal (below video) serves as proof of what the right signing at the right time can do for a club.

MLS Players of the Week

Week 1: Tyler Deric, Houston Dynamo

Week 2: Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

Week 3: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls

Week 4: Kaka, Orlando City SC

Week 5: Harrison Shipp, Chicago Fire

Week 6: Jaime Penedo, LA Galaxy

Week 7: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas

Week 8: Ethan Finlay, Columbus Crew SC

Week 9: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas

Week 10: Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas

Week 11: Chad Barrett, Seattle Sounders

Week 12: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew SC

Week 13: Krisztian Nemeth, Sporting Kansas City

Week 14: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 15: David Villa, New York City FC

Week 16: Matias Perez Garcia, San Jose Earthquakes

Week 17: Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers

Week 18: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 21: Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

Week 23: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 24: Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

Week 25: Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

Week 26: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls