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ProSoccerTalk Player of the Week: Fredy Montero

Seattle Sounders v Chivas USA

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 25: Fredy Montero #17 of Seattle Sounders FC celebrates his second half goal during the MLS match against Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center on August 25, 2012 in Carson, California. The Seattle Sounders won 6-2. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Getty Images)

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When Federico Higuain channeled his inner Beckham and nailed a second free kick goal of the evening, pulling his weight in a 4-3 Columbus Crew win, I was already writing up Player of the Week sentences to store away for today.

Who could possibly top that?

Well, Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero went and one-upped the Crew contender.

Montero scored three quality goals as Seattle took apart Chivas USA down in Southern California. The Colombian striker also supplied an assist and crossed another ball that Chivas USA turned into an own goal.

(MORE: Richard Farley’s analysis of Saturday’s butt-whuppin’ at the Home Depot Center)

Three things to keep in mind as we hand the week’s ProSoccerTalk Player of the Week award to the Sounders’ striker:

  • Few around MLS can do a scoring streak the way Fredy Montero does them. The 25-year-old striker has scored in four consecutive contests foe Seattle. So, watch out, MLS.
  • Montero has 45 career MLS goals, but Saturday’s trio was his first hat trick. Count me as surprised.
  • Streaky as he tends to be, Montero has been pretty consistent around CenturyLink by year’s end. His goal scoring totals starting in 2009: 12 goals, 10 goals and 12 goals. With 11 strikes so far in 2012, he’s on pace to do even more this year.