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Neagle earns MLS Player of the Week after hat trick

Seattle Sounders FC forward Lamar Neagle was 2 defeat of the Columbus Crew.

Neagle becomes just the second player to score a hat trick for Seattle, which moved to within three points of the Los Angeles Galaxy at the top of the Western Conference.

The opening goal came just four minutes into the match for Neagle and he doubled his total in the 21st by volleying home a cross from James Riley.

Neagle completed his hat trick 20 minutes from time with a well-taken shot that struck the bottom of the crossbar and made its way over the goal line.

The MLS Player of the Week award is selected each week by the North American Soccer Reporters. The group consists of members of online, print, television, radio media. More information can be found at soccerreporters.com.

2011 MLS Player of the Week winners:

Week 1: Omar Bravo (Sporting Kansas City)

Week 2: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)

Week 3: Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

Week 4: David Ferreira (FC Dallas)

Week 5: Luke Rodgers (Red Bull New York)

Week 6: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Week 7: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo)

Week 8: Joao Plata (Toronto FC)

Week 9: Justin Braun (Chivas USA)

Week 10: Jeff Parke (Seattle Sounders FC)

Week 11: Justin Mapp (Philadelphia Union)

Week 12: Jean Alexandre (Real Salt Lake)

Week 13: Steven Lenhart (San Jose Earthquakes)

Week 14: Bernardo Anor (Columbus Crew)

Week 15: Mike Magee (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Week 16: Joel Lindpere (Red Bull New York)

Week 17: Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC)

Week 18: Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders FC)

Week 19: Sanna Nyassi (Colorado Rapids)

Week 20: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)

Week 21: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)

Week 22: Chris Pontius (D.C. United)

Week 23: Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Week 24: Lamar Neagle (Seattle Sounders FC)