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Seattle's Estrada opens account with hat trick
by Mike Woitalla, March 19th, 2012 12:06AM

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[MLS GOLEADORES] The Seattle Sounders' David Estrada, playing his seventh MLS game since drafted out of UCLA in 2010, scored his first MLS goal and followed up with two more in a 3-1 win over Toronto to take an early lead in scorers' race. Three other players have struck at least twice two weeks into the MLS season. For the latest on the Golden Boot race ...

* Estrada, a 24-year-old Northern California product who played four years of college ball, played less than 200 minutes in his first two MLS seasons. Seattle coach Sigi Schmid, who had tried him in different positions, gave him a start on the frontline on Saturday and was rewarded with a hat trick. Estrada was the 11th overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.

“Well, everybody thought he was maybe a bad draft choice, but I felt like if we kept him around long enough maybe eventually I’d get something out of him so I wouldn’t look so bad [laughter]," said Schmid. "No, David, obviously we moved him around an awful lot and it made it a little bit harder on him, but at the end of last season I think you saw all of the sudden things started to click with him a little bit more. Then once we realized that O’Brian White wouldn’t be out there for us right now, that we were short up front, we said, ‘Look, we’re going to stick you back up front. We think that’s your best spot.'"

* Los Angeles' Irish striker Robbie Keane scored twice in the Galaxy's 3-1 win over D.C. United. It was the first multi-goal game for the 31-year-old DP who joined the Galaxy late last season and in 2011 scored twice in four regular-season games and once in four postseason games.

* Real Salt Lake's Fabian Espindola and Kansas City's C.J. Sapong (2011 Rookie of the Year) have scored in each of their team's first two games.

* The first 17 games of the MLS season featured 40 goals for a 2.35 goals per game average. The 2011 season ended with a 2.58 average, the third worst in MLS history after 2010's 2.46 and 2009's 2.54.

* MLS Leading Scorers

Player
Team (country)
Goals
Assists
 David Estrada
 Seattle (USA)
 3
 0
 Robbie Keane
 Los Angeles (Ireland)
 2
 0
 Fabian Espindola  Salt Lake (Argentina)
 2
 0
 C.J. Sapong
 Kansas City (USA)  2
 0


1 comment
  1. Jose De la cruz
    commented on: March 19, 2012 at 4:56 p.m.
    Good to see Salinas, California boy doing good in the MLS...keep up the good work David...


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