And on Tuesday, the Iraqi international was honored for the feat by earning Alcatel MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 11, as voted on by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).
Meram’s hat trick was the first of his career — and the 11th in Crew SC history — and was capped with a dramatic game-winner in the 91st minute. Meram is just the third player in MLS history to complete a hat trick with a game-winning goal in stoppage time.
Meram opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he recovered his own deflected pass and fired a right-footed shot into the net, before putting Crew SC up 2-0 in the 28th minute when he showed a deft touch in the box to avoid charging Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush and set up an easy right-footed flick.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.