D.C. United forward Charlie Davies came back with a bang.
On a goal drought spanning well over two months, Davies registered a hat trick against Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night that not only accounted for a 3-0 win against the Goats but also earned Davies his first career Player of the Week award as voted by the North American Soccer Reporters.
Davies' first two goals came in a four-minute span early in the first half to give D.C. United a comfortable lead and he wrapped up his hat trick midway through the second half as United cruised to victory. All three strikes, which included two counterattack goals, were served up by teammate Chris Pontius, who later left the game after suffering a tibia fracture.
Saturday's three tallies lifted Davies to 11 goals on the season, good for third place in the league's Golden Boot race and only one off the pace set by New York's Thierry Henry and LA's Landon Donovan.
It's the fourth Player of the Week award for a D.C. United player — all coming in the last seven weeks — after Dwayne De Rosario (Week 20 and 21) and Pontius (Week 22).
CHECK OUT HOW MEDIA VOTED HERE.
Watch Highlights: Chivas USA 0, D.C. United 3
2011 PLAYER OF THE WEEK WINNERS
Week 25 & 26: Charlie Davies (D.C. United)
Week 24: Lamar Neagle (Seattle Sounders)
Week 23: Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Week 22: Chris Pontius (D.C. United)
Week 21: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)
Week 20: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)
Week 19: Sanna Nyassi (Colorado Rapids)
Week 18: Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders)
Week 17: Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders)
Week 16: Joel Lindpere (New York Red Bulls)
Week 15: Mike Magee (LA Galaxy)
Week 14: Bernardo Anor (Columbus Crew)
Week 13: Steven Lenhart (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 12: Jean Alexandre (Real Salt Lake)
Week 11: Justin Mapp (Philadelphia Union)
Week 10: Jeff Parke (Seattle Sounders)
Week 9: Justin Braun (Chivas USA)
Week 8: Joao Plata (Toronto FC)
Week 7: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo)
Week 6: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Week 5: Luke Rodgers (New York Red Bulls)
Week 4: David Ferreira (FC Dallas)
Week 3: Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Week 2: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)
Week 1: Omar Bravo (Sporting Kansas City)