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In his first start of the 2013 season, Chicago Fire Midfielder Daniel Paladini emerged on National TV with his best MLS performance to date earning Man of the Match in a 3-1 win versus the visiting New York Red Bulls.  Paladini came out of nowhere to power home a header shortly before half time to equalize at home against the New York Red Bulls.  Paladini's goal was deemed courageous, daring and "playing bigger than his size" when he aggresively attacked a Hunter Jumper cross and made contact before Red Bulls GK Luis Robles could grab the ball.  Check out his Goal: You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

Paladini went on to provide back to back assists, including the Maicon Santos' game winner You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

As well as the third goal to put the game away:

The accolades came pouring in for Daniel Paladini who was named to MLSsoccer.com's Week 6 Team of the Week and a finalist for Player of the Week, along with ranking in the MLS Castrol Index's Top 20.  Unfortunately, Paladini's second assist was not determined until after the nomination and voting was complete.   Reputable writers Ives Galarcep (Soccer by Ives) and Steve Goff (Washington Post - Soccer Insider) named Paldini their Player of the Week.  Paladini later featured in the Chicago Fire's All-in Podcast.  Have a listen HERE

Perhaps the most memorable and unqiue award came at the recognition of Electronic Arts who named Paladini to  FIFA '13 Ultimate Team of the Week.  The team consisted of other world class players such as Cesc Fabregas, Xabi Alonso, Thomas Rosicky and Alexis Sanchez.


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