I wasn’t able to get to a weekend roundup post since I was working all day Saturday and traveling all day Sunday. But I did catch enough to see that ex-Sounder, and current Philadelphia Union forward, Sebastien Le Toux was the story of the league with a hat trick against D.C. United in a 3-2 win.
The first goal was vintage Seba, hustling to the near post to head in a cross. His second was something I hadn’t seen from him in a while, a perfectly taken shot from 20 yards to the far post. The third I was baffled by, he takes free kicks?
Anyways, it was a performance good enough to earn Le Toux the MLS player of the week award — and, yes, I voted for him. The local press also raved about him. Here’s a short video from the Philadelphia locker room where Le Toux recalls Seattle for his last hat trick.
Who knows? Maybe he was inspired by Vice President Joe Biden being in the building. Doubtful.
Let’s get to some links:
- Here’s a column by a fellow coworker exploring the identity of MLS. Is it a physical league? Or one that nurtures creative players? Do we know yet?
- MLS attendance continues to be pretty nice. League averages have surpassed those of the NBA and NHL, according to this site.
- Some MLS personnel news: here’s an update on the two injured RSL players, here’s a story on N.E. hat-trick hero rookie Zack Shilawski, Toronto FC signed a new defender (good idea) and, finally, it was a bad week for goalkeepers says ESPN.
- More league news: D.C. United announced a May friendly with A.C. Milan, the commish thinks N.Y. could be ready for a second team and are players in the nation’s capitol overhyped?
- Here’s a good roundup of how Americans abroad did this weekend and here’s a roundup of video highlights from MLS week three.
- What do you think of Herculez Gomez and the USMNT for the World Cup?
- Old friend Jose updated his blog after catching up with some local soccer in his area. Freddie Ljungberg had a new post on his site too.
- Here’s a transcript of an interview with Don Garber, and SI.com’s Grant Wahl talks to the MLS commissioner on his own.
- Lastly, did you see Emmanuel Adebayor retired internationally from Togo? Bizarre.
Some wild and crazy videos for you. Soccer is a wild and crazy game.
1. Here some mean fans harass a cameraman during some Europa League action.
2. Here’s a flying elbow by Juventus’ Maruo Camoranesi. It went unpunished, surprisingly.
3. Lastly, an airborne, two-footed tackle that fortunately did not go unpunished.