MLS Player of the Week — Week 30: Cyle Larin

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There have been seven hat tricks scored by four different players in Major League Soccer 2015. Robbie Keane, Sebastian Giovinco (twice each) and Didier Drogba are the characters you’d expect to find in that elite circle. One name likely to take you by surprise, unless you follow MLS very closely? Orlando City SC striker Cyle Larin.

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That’s right, the Canadian rookie has more hat tricks (2) this year than every player in the league not named above, combined (0). On Friday night, Larin picked up that second hat trick of the season, bagging three times in Orlando City’s 5-2 victory over the Eastern Conference’s top side, New York Red Bulls, at Red Bull Arena.

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With his first on the night (above video), Larin broke the MLS record for goals scored by a rookie (12). With his second (below video) and third (WATCH HERE), made him the first player in MLS history to score two hat tricks during his rookie season (he was just the eighth rookie all time to record a single hat trick). 14 league goals in 24 appearances… this 20-year-old is without a single doubt 2015 Rookie of the Year.

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

Week 27: Didier Drogba, Montreal Impact

Week 28: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew SC

Week 29: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC