NEW YORK (TICKER) -- Kansas City Wizards forward Eddie Johnson on Monday was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week.
It was the second straight week and the third time this season that Johnson has earned the honor.
Johnson became the first player in MLS history to score three goals in consecutive games by recording a hat trick in Kansas City's 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. A week earlier he tallied three times in a 4-3 victory over New England.
Johnson leads the league with nine goals and is also first in game-winning goals with five. He scored only two goals in 19 games last season.
The only player in the league to win the award multiple times this season, Johnson has joined the U.S. national team as it prepares for its CONCACAF Gold Cup opener Thursday against Guatemala.
"This award says a lot about our team and how we've been playing," Johnson said. "It's definitely a collaborative effort every time we come out on the field and I'm looking forward to coming back to Kansas City after the Gold Cup."
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