Schilawski Schools Toronto

Sebastien Le Toux has some competition for player of the week honors in New England Revolution rookie Zack Schilawski.

Saturday night, the ninth overall pick out of Wake Forest joined former U.S. internationals Brian Maisonneuve and Pat Noonan as the only MLS rookies to score a hat-trick, burying three goals in the Revs’ 4-1 rout of troubled Toronto FC.

Schilawski’s goals came in an 11-minute span and canceled out Dwayne DeRosario’s opener for the visitors.

Here are the highlights (excuse the audio, which is several seconds behind). 

Cinical finish on the second goal, but we may have to get the Dubious Goals Panel to rule on that third one, which looked like it may have gone in off of TFC defender Nana Attakora. Still, a fine performance by the Revs youngster, who became the first rookie in league history to bag three goals in his home debut.

Toronto is off to a brutal start under new coach Preki, with two losses, six goals against and one for. Two of the goals in this one were direct results of TFC turnovers in the defensive third. Preki was never a defensive specialist in his day, but we’re sure the players—Nick Garcia and Joseph Nane—got an earful from him about their gaffes.

On the other bench, New England’s Steve Nicol picked up his 100th coaching victory, making him just the third MLS coach to reach the 100-win milestone, along with Seattle’s Sigi Schmid (126) and U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley (124).

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