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Crew forward — not Montero — wins MLS honor

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Aug. 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm with No Comments »
August 27, 2012 12:39 pm

It’s usually pretty simple: Get a hat trick, win a prize — meaning MLS player of the week honors.

Except it didn’t work out that way today for Sounders forward Fredy Montero, who recorded a hat trick at Chivas USA on Saturday, and then finished behind Columbus forward Federico Higuain in player of the week voting today. (I went all Sounders: Montero — three goals — No. 1, Mauro Rosales — three assists — No. 2).

Here’s the release from the league:

Columbus Crew forward Federico Higuaín was voted Major LeagueSoccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 25 of the 2012 MLS season.

Higuaín scored three goals while setting up another last week, leading the Crew to 2-1 win over Toronto FC on Wednesday and a 4-3 win over New England on Saturday.

This award is the first of Higuaín’s MLS career, having been signed as a Designated Player from Colón of the Argentinean Primera División one month ago on July 27. He is the third Columbus player to be voted MLS Player of the Week this season, joining Emilio Renteria (Week 12) and Jairo Arrieta (Week 21).

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership information can be found at

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