Weekend Wrapup...A Trio of Hat Tricks! (DeRo, Messi, Ronaldo)
Dwayne DeRosario scored three goals in nine minutes for D.C. United Saturday night in a 4-1 win over Real Salt Lake. It was the fastest hat trick in MLS history and put him smack in the middle of the league MVP conversation. He scored in the 22nd, 27th, and 31st minutes and all were beauties. The first was a header, second was a 25-yard rocket, and the third was a 35-yard bending free kick to put DC up 4-0. The 33-year-old Canadian has 13 goals and 11 assists, best in MLS. Some feel, despite DeRo's numbers, that the MVP should go to Landon Donovan, Brek Shea or Kyle Beckerman. But DeRo certainly deserves a look.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo also delivered hat tricks over the weekend...Messi for Barcelona in a 5-0 win over Atletico Madrid and Ronaldo for Real Madrid in a 6-2 win over Rayo Vallecano.
Manchester United's perfect season is perfect no more after a 1-1 tie with Stoke. ManU was without Wayne Rooney, who leads the EPL with nine goals. Rooney injured his hamstring in training last Friday and could be out for a few weeks. He is expected to miss Tuesday's Champions League match against Basel. Man U and Manchester City are tied with a 5-0-1 record.
Good weekend for the Bradley family. Dad, Bob, the former U.S. coach, was hired as Egypt's national coach, and son, Michael, set up two goals for Chievo in Serie A in Italy. Dad's first match with Egypt is in November against Brazil.
US teammates Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu scored for Glasgow Rangers in a 4-0 win over Dunfermline.
Finally, closer to home, the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers lost to Tampa Bay Mutiny, but had already clinched a home playoff game. They face Edmonton Saturday night at Lockhart Stadium.