Teams in first place tend to win awards and players leading a league in goals tend to get some as well.
Nemanja Nikolic was named MLS Player of the Week after scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist in the Chicago Fire's 4-0 win against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.
Nikolic scored twice in the first 20 minutes and assisted on Michael de Leeuw's goal in the 84th minute. Nikolic now has 16 goals and three assists this season. The nearest challenger in the goal-scoring race is Houston's Erick Torres, who has 12 goals.
This award comes a week after David Accam was named Player of the Week for scoring a hat trick and adding an assist against Orlando. Nikolic also won a Player of the Week honor in April and took home Player of the Month honors in May.
Fire defender Matt Polster was also on the Team of the Week after recording two assists.
At 11-3-4, the Fire have a league-best 37 points. The team plays at Portland Wednesday in the final game before going on break for the Gold Cup.