No Eric Hassli, no problem.
With the French Designated Player sitting out due to a red-card suspension, the Vancouver Whitecaps turned to Brazilian striker Camilo, and the 22-year-old turned in a stunning two-goal performance that saw him voted MLS Player of the Week for Week 3 by the North American Soccer Reporters.
Although players who score two goals routinely earn weekly honors in MLS, Camilo’s brace will probably garner mythical status in Whitecaps history. Both strikes came in stoppage time to cap the Whitecaps’ remarkable comeback from three goals down to earn an unlikely 3-3 draw at home to Sporting Kansas City.
What’s more, both goals were elegant and skillful. The first, in the 92nd minute, finished off a sweeping team move down the right side, bringing the sold-out crowd at Empire Field to their feet. The equalizer came just a minute later, when Camilo emerged amid a crowd in the Sporting area to flick in a header after a desperate cross from Nizar Khalfan.
This is the first-ever MLS Player of the Week nod for a player from the expansion Whitecaps.
HIGHLIGHTS: Vancouver 3, Sporting 3
Week 1: Omar Bravo, Sporting Kansas City
Week 2: Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake