Most weeks, picking the MLS Player of the Week is easy.
Not this week.
Seattle's Blaise Nkufo, Toronto FC's Dwayne DeRosario and Los Angeles' Landon Donovan all enjoyed stellar multi-goal performances to help lead their teams to victories, and they each would easily win player of the week most other weeks.
Here's a quick rundown of what all three men did:
BLAISE NKUFO– Scored a hat-trick to help Seattle score a vital 4-0 road win against the Columbus Crew.
DWAYNE DEROSARIO– Scored a pair of free kick goals, including a game-winner in the final seconds, to lead Toronto to a crucial 2-1 win against Houston Dynamo.
LANDON DONOVAN– Scored a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes to help LA Galaxy beat D.C. United, 2-1.
These three weren't even the only players to deliver award-worthy performances. FC Dallas rookie Eric Alexander and Kansas City striker Kei Kamara also contributed to key results, each posting a goal and assist this week.
Who do you think should win this week's MLS Player of the Week? Cast your vote here:
Who gets my vote? Eric Alexander looked great on Thursday, but Saturday gave us three amazing performances. Donovan's was good, but torching an awful D.C. defense doesn't carry you as far as Nkufo netting three in Columbus. That said, DeRosario scored two free kicks, including a last-second goal to keep TFC's playoff hopes alive. That's why he gets my vote over Nkufo by a nose.
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