When teams have two games in a week, it offers a chance at making a big push up the standings, and sometimes an opportunity for squad rotation during a long season.
In the case of D.C. United, last week's two-game week resulted in two wins to help solidify their MLS playoff prospects, and Lamar Neagle turned in a good personal week, grabbing a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over Columbus Crew SC midweek before scoring both goals in an impressive 2-1 road win over Toronto FC. As a result of his exploits, he was the runaway winner of SB Nation's MLS Player of the Week award for Week 30.
Neagle may not be a consistent scoring option in MLS, which is largely why his hometown Seattle Sounders traded him to D.C. last offseason. But he's got nine goals and six assists in regular season play this season, and good teams can always use players to help carry the scoring load, something Neagle has been good at doing throughout his career.
Full results for Week 30, with first-place votes getting three points, second-place votes receiving two points, and third-place votes earning a point each:
* Note: Black and Red United is in seventh heaven these days, as in addition to D.C. United's great run, Francisca Ordega gets a vote from site rep Jason Anderson for pushing the Washington Spirit into the NWSL final.
And here are the full ballots for Week 30:
|Drew Epperley (Big D Soccer)||Dax McCarty||Walker Zimmerman||Lamar Neagle|
|Sofiane Benzaza (Mount Royal Soccer)||Evan Bush||David Villa||Dax McCarty|
|Dave Clark (Sounder at Heart)||Lamar Neagle||Chad Marshall||Evan Bush|
|Sam Dunn (Hudson River Blue)||Dax McCarty||Lamar Neagle||Evan Bush|
|Jason Longshore (Dirty South Soccer)||Lamar Neagle||Osvaldo Alonso||Dominic Oduro|
|Alicia Tolar (Dynamo Theory)||David Villa||Lamar Neagle||Sacha Kljestan|
|Austin Fido (Once a Metro)||Dax McCarty||Lamar Neagle||David Villa|
|Jason Anderson (Black & Red United)||Lamar Neagle||Osvaldo Alonso||Francisca Ordega!!!|
|Michael Citro (The Mane Land)||Lamar Neagle||Evan Bush||Juan Agudelo|
|Alicia Rodriguez (Angels on Parade)||Dominic Oduro||Chad Marshall||Walker Zimmerman|