The hat trick rule reigns again in the MLS Player of the Week voting, as the SB Nation panel selected Houston Dynamo forward Mauro Manotas as their Player of the Week for Week 29.
For the second consecutive week, the vote was effectively a two-man race, this time between Manotas, who scored a hat trick for the Dynamo in a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers, and Jordan Morris, whose second-half brace propelled the Seattle Sounders to a 4-2 road win over the LA Galaxy.
In the end, three goals is more than two, and Manotas, a recent bright spot in another difficult season for Houston, takes the Player of the Week prize.
Full results for Week 29, 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 29:
|Austin Fido (Once a Metro)||Mauro Manotas||Jordan Morris||Khiry Shelton|
|Jake Catanese (The Bent Musket)||Mauro Manotas||Patrick Mullins||Brad Knighton|
|Jason Longshore (Dirty South Soccer)||Mauro Manotas||Taylor Kemp||Jordan Morris|
|Michael Citro (The Mane Land)||Jordan Morris||Taylor Kemp||Mauro Manotas|
|Drew Epperley (Big D Soccer)||Mauro Manotas||Jordan Morris||Khiry Shelton|
|Dave Clark (Sounder at Heart)||Jordan Morris||Mauro Manotas||Patrick Mullins|
|Alicia Tolar (Dynamo Theory)||Mauro Manotas||Jordan Morris||David Villa|
|Jason Anderson (Black & Red United)||Taylor Kemp||Khiry Shelton||Jordan Morris|
|Alicia Rodriguez (Angels on Parade)||Jordan Morris||David Villa||Mauro Manotas|