Hat tricks. They're eye-catching and usually draw votes for player awards.
That was certainly the case this week in MLS, as two players scored hat tricks and therefore dueled over the title of SB Nation's Player of the Week.
In the end, Columbus Crew SC striker Ola Kamara took the award, edging out New York Red Bulls' Bradley Wright-Phillips for the honor. This is the second straight week BWP was the runner-up for the award.
We got our first instance of vote shenanigans this week, with Once a Metro looking to stuff the ballot for BWP, but falling short in the quest. Several voters have threatened to vote for referees or NWSL players in previous weeks, but so far, Austin Fido is the person to really try and take matters into his own hands. Unfortunately for him, I think the novelty of a Columbus hat trick (it hadn't happened since 2004) gave Kamara the edge.
Full results for Week 13, with first-place votes getting three points, second-place votes receiving two points and third-place votes earning a point each:
And here are the full ballots for Week 13:
|Austin Fido (Once a Metro)||Bradley Wright-Phillips||Bradley Wright-Phillips||Bradley Wright-Phillips|
|Kartik Krishnaiyer (Bitter and Blue)||Sacha Kljestan||Ola Kamara||Bradley Wright-Phillips|
|Eugene Rupinski (Brotherly Game)||Ola Kamara||Bradley Wright-Phillips||Brian Carroll|
|Drew Epperley (Big D Soccer)||Sacha Kljestan||Ola Kamara||Didier Drogba|
|Weston Jenson (RSL Soapbox)||Ola Kamara||Bradley Wright-Phillips||Alhaji Kamara|
|Alicia Tolar (Dynamo Theory)||Ola Kamara||Bradley Wright-Phillips||Kevin Molino|
|Dave Clark (Sounder at Heart)||Ola Kamara||Bradley Wright-Phillips||Ignacio Piatti|
|Rob Usry (Dirty South Soccer)||Ola Kamara||Bradley Wright-Phillips||Luis Robles|
|Jason Anderson (Black and Red United)||Ola Kamara||Bradley Wright-Phillips||Kevin Molino|
|Patrick Guldan (Massive Report)||Ola Kamara||Bradley Wright-Phillips||Justin Meram|
|Michael Citro (The Mane Land)||Ola Kamara||Bradley Wright-Phillips||Kevin Molino|
|Alicia Rodriguez (The Goat Parade)||Bradley Wright-Phillips||Ignacio Piatti||Ola Kamara|