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Harry Shipp sinks Red Bulls to earn MLS Player of the Week award

Harry Shipp
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Chicago Fire midfielder Harry Shipp piled up four points on Saturday to capture the Major League Soccer Player of the Week award yesterday for Week 10 of the 2014 MLS season.

The first-year player netted his first MLS career hat trick and picked up an assist to pace the Fire to their first victory of the season, a wild a 5-4 tilt with the New York Red Bulls.

Shipp opened the scoring in the fourth minute when he whistled a right-footed shot from outside the box past Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles.

With the game tied 2-2 in the 53rd minute, Fire midfielder Patrick Nyarko won the ball at the top of the box, then found Shipp who took a couple of touches before placing the ball inside the far post for the go-ahead goal.

Just five minutes later, Shipp completed his hat trick when he out-battled Red Bulls defender Kosuke Kimura, dribbled into the box and eased in his hat-trick tally.

During the 64th minute, the rookie assisted on Nyarko’s spectacular game-clinching goal to give the Fire their first win of the season.

Chicago returns home Sunday to face Sporting Kansas City at 3 p.m.

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).


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