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When newly-drafted forward Zack Schilawski thanked the wrong team for drafting him at the 2010 MLS Draft, New England Revolution fans figured to forgive him pretty easily. After Saturday, it's safe to say Schilawski has more than made up for it.
The Wake Forest producted notched a hat-trick on Saturday, helping the Revs post a 4-1 victory over Toronto FC. The performance earned Schilawski SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors for MLS Week Three.
Schilawski had some competition for the honor from a familiar face. Former Wake Forest teammate Ike Opara turned in a strong match for the San Jose Earthquakes against the Chicago Fire, scoring the game-winning goal to give the Quakes a vital road victory.
New York's Tim Ream, SBI's top MLS rookie in Week 1 and Week 2, turned in another solid performance, but couldn't keep the Red Bulls from suffering their first loss of the season.
Here is a look at how some of the league's top rookies did last weekend:
MLS TOP ROOKIE PERFORMANCES
Blair Gavin started and played 90 minutes in Chivas USA's 2-0 win vs. New York
Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes for New York.
Tony Tchani played 13 minutes for New York
Conor Chinn played seven minutes for New York
Jack McInerney played 12 minutes in Philadelphia's 3-2 win vs. D.C. United
Ike Opara started, played 90 minutes and scored the game-winning goal in San Jose's 2-1 win vs. Chicago
Steve Beitashour started and played 90 minutes for San Jose.
Zack Schilawski started, played 90 minutes and scored three goals in New England's 4-1 win vs. Toronto FC.
Seth Sinovic started and played 90 minutes for New England
Michael Stephens played 21minutes in Los Angeles' 2-0 win vs. Houston.
Teal Bunbury played 14 minutes in Kansas City's 1-0 win vs. Colorado.
Zack Loyd started and played 90 minutes in FC Dallas' 2-2 tie vs. Columbus.
What did you think of this weekend's performance by MLS rookies? Which rookie impressed you the most?
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