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Philadelphia Union Forward Sergio Santos Voted MLS Player of the Week

October 26, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Philadelphia Union News Release

CHESTER, Pa. - Philadelphia Union forward Sergio Santos was voted the Major League Soccer Player of the Week for the 20th week of the 2020 MLS season.

Santos scored a hat trick in 69 minutes played to help Philadelphia secure a dominant 5-0 win over Toronto FC at Subaru Park on Saturday. He becomes the fourth player in Union history to accomplish the feat, the last time coming in 2017 by C.J. Sapong. In his last six games, Santos has scored five goals for the club and his seven regular-season goals are tied for first on the team. He becomes the 13th player in Union history to record ten regular-season goals in a single season.

Philadelphia is undefeated in its last five MLS regular season matches and have won a franchise-high seven consecutive home matches, making them the only undefeated team at home in the 2020 season. After their defeat of Toronto, the Union sit on top of the league with 41 points (12-3-5 overall).

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute when Santos finished a tremendous Kai Wagner cross with a header into the back right of the net. Following two additional Union goals, Santos increased Philadelphia's lead to 4-0 in the 63rd minute, this time finishing a Wagner cross into the box with a left footed shot ( watch goal).

Santos capped a tremendous match with his first career MLS hat trick to give the Union a decisive 5-0 advantage in the 68th minute. Brenden Aaronson led the Union on a breakaway and found Santos open in front of goal, where the 26-year-old Brazilian finished with a deft left footed touch past the goalkeeper.

Philadelphia continues action this week on Wednesday, Oct. 28 when they face Chicago Fire at Subaru Park (7:30 p.m. ET, PHL17) and on Sunday, Nov. 1 when facing the Columbus Crew at MAPFRE Stadium (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

This is the first MLS Player of the Week award for Santos, who joins a group of 13 different players in Union history to earn the recognition. The full list of Union POTW award winners is as follows: Sebastien Le Toux (2010 [2x]), Justin Mapp (2011), Jack McInerney (2013), Chris Pontius (2016), Roland Alberg (2016), Ilsinho (2016, 2019), CJ Sapong (2017), Borek Dockal (2018), Jay Simpson (2018), David Accam (2019). Alejandro Bedoya (2019) and Kacper Przybylko (2020).

Santos is joined on Major League Soccer's Team of the Week by teammates Kai Wagner (Defender), Andre Blake (Goalkeeper) and head coach Jim Curtin (Coach). Jose Martinez and Kacper Przybylko also made the bench this week, for a total of six Union members.

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.

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