Pappa claims MLS Player of the Week with hat trick

Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa was named the Major League Soccer Player of the Week for Week 29 of the MLS season on Monday.

Pappa netted a hat trick in Chicago's 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake in midweek before also contributing to a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo over the weekend.

Those results have left Chicago three points adrift in the race for a playoff spot, while giving the Guatemalan eight goals on the season, which ranks second on the team.

Chicago has gone 5-1-1 in its last seven games to climb up the table in the Eastern Conference, while Pappa becomes the first Fire player this season to be named Player of the Week.

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

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)

Week 26: Charlie Davies (D.C. United)

Week 27: Danny Koevermans (Toronto FC)

Week 28: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)

Week 29: Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire)