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Manneh makes history with hat trick
by Paul Kennedy, October 10th, 2013 12:42AM
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[MLS REWIND: Week 32] Kekuta Manneh, an 18-year-old rookie, became the youngest player to score a hat trick in MLS history as he scored three goals in the first 53 minutes to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a stunning 4-1 win at Seattle. The Vancouver win along with San Jose's 1-0 victory over Colorado and Sporting Kansas City's 0-0 tie with Houston meant that none of the four teams with a chance to clinch playoff berths Wednesday night got the job done.

Manneh is more than two years younger than Stern John was when he scored two hat tricks for Columbus at the age of 21 in 1998. But the young Gambian, who moved to the United States as part of a Rush Soccer exchange program at the age of 15 and was signed out of high school in Texas, punished the Sounders' defense that has allowed nine goals in its last two games.

"It's what we were hoping for," said Vancouver coachMartin Rennie of Manneh, who came into the game with two goals. "We kind of joked before that you're never exactly sure what you're going to get with an 18-year-old, but he's unbelievably talented and he's someone we're really proud of and we're really glad to have him on our team. He's just showed what he can do tonight and, obviously with young players, you're not always going to get that consistent level of performance. But you know, we did actually talk about it before that if he showed up, he could make a huge impact on the game and he did."

The Sounders have been carrying games in hand for months from which they hoped to take points and move into the Western Conference lead, but the loss still left them a point behind Real Salt Lake with their final game in hand scheduled for Sunday at Portland.

Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said any criticism of his team was warranted.

"It's unacceptable from us as a coaching staff," he said. "It's unacceptable for us as a team, and it's just unacceptable the last two performances."

Schmid said no one's job was safe.

"I think we have to look at everything," he said. "I think we have to look at goalkeeper, I think we have to look at defenders, we have to look at midfield, and we have to look at attackers because the performance of the team hasn't been good enough. There's nobody that's a given right now."

Despite the rout, Seattle would have clinched a berth in the playoffs, along with idle RSL, if San Jose had not beaten Colorado, but the Quakes stayed alive with a 1-0 win on Chris Wondolowski's second-half goal.

The Vancouver and San Jose wins left seven points between the top seven teams in the Western Conference.

Colorado, which remained in fifth place with the loss, needs to at least split with Vancouver when they meet in their last two games to hold off the Caps, while the Quakes are now within one point of Colorado and Los Angeles, which they will face Oct. 20 on the road.

In the Eastern Conference, Sporting Kansas City could have overtaken New York for first place and clinched a playoff berth with a win at Houston in its game in hand. But it managed only four shots in the scoreless draw.

MLS WEEK 33, Results:
Wednesday, October 9
Houston 0 Sporting KC 0.
Att.: 16,433.

Wednesday, October 9
Seattle 1 Vancouver 4.
VAN: Kekuta Manneh (Daigo Kobayashi) 12
VAN: Kekuta Manneh (Camilo, Lee Young-Pyo) 42
VAN: Kekuta Manneh (Daigo Kobayashi) 53
SEA: Mauro Rosales 69
VAN: Nigel Reo-Coker 82
Att.: 38,833.

Manneh Goal #1:


Manneh Goal #2:


Manneh Goal #3:


Wednesday, October 9
San Jose 1 Colorado 0.
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Shea Salinas) 69
Att.: 10,525.

MLS WEEK 33, Schedule:
Saturday, October 12
2:30 pm ET
Montreal vs. New England
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Philadelphia
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Chicago

Sunday, October 13
9 pm ET
Portland vs. Seattle ESPN
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T +/-

53 (32) *New York 15-9-8 50/39
52 (32) Sporting KC 15-10-7 44/29
48 (32) Houston 13-10-9 39/37
46 (30) Montreal13-10-7 48/45
45 (31) Philadelphia 12-10-9 39/39
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43 (31) Chicago 12-12-7 41/45
42 (31) New England 11-11-9 44/36
41 (32) Columbus 12-15-5 40/42
26 (32) Toronto FC 5-16-11 29/46
15 (31) D.C. United 3-22-6 20/55
*Clinched playoff berth.

Western Conference:
PTS (GP)TEAM W-L-T +/-
52 (32) Real Salt Lake 15-10-7 55/40
51 (31) Seattle15-10-6 41/38
50 (31) Portland 12-5-14 48/33
48 (31) LA Galaxy 14-11-6 51/37
48 (32) Colorado13-10-9 42/33
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47 (32) San Jose 13-11-8 33/41
45 (32) Vancouver 12-11-9 48/42
41 (31) FC Dallas10-10-11 43/47
26 (32) Chivas USA 6-18-8 29/60
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
19 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
18 Camilo (Vancouver)
18 Mike Magee (LA Galaxy/Chicago)
15 Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)
12 Diego Fagundez (New England)
12 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
11 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
11 Federico Higuain (Columbus)
11 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
10+1 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
10 Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
10 Tim Cahill (New York)
10 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
10 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)

MLS WEEK 34, Schedule:
Wednesday, October 16
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Montreal

Friday, October 18
8 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. D.C. United NBCSN

Saturday, October 19
2 pm ET
Montreal vs. Philadelphia
3 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Seattle NBCSN
6 pm ET
Colorado vs. Vancouver
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Columbus
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Toronto FC
10:30 pm ET
Portland vs. Real Salt Lake

Sunday, October 20
4 pm ET
Houston vs. New York UniMas
9 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. San Jose ESPN

MLS WEEK 35, Schedule:
Wednesday, October 23
9 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Chivas USA

Saturday, October 26
3 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Sporting KC NBCSN
4 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Montreal Univision Dep.
5:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. FC Dallas NBCSN
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Portland

Sunday, October 27
1:30 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Houston NBC
4 pm ET
Columbus vs. New England
5 pm ET
New York vs. Chicago UniMas
8 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Colorado
9 pm ET
Seattle vs. LA Galaxy ESPN


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