The Vancouver Whitecaps' Brazilian star was lethal with his finishing in a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday, scoring a hat trick and claiming the MLS Golden Boot.VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Vancouver Whitecaps won't play a part in this year's MLS postseason, but Camilo gave their fans plenty to cheer about in the team's season finale.
The Brazilian bagged a hat trick in a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. The game earned his team a victory, but perhaps more importantly for Camilo, it also earned the Golden Boot, awarded to the league's top scorer.
“It's very important for me, because no one knows how important it is for me, for my family,” Camilo said after the match. “When I start the season, no one believes. Just me and my family and I believe in God, and I worked hard for that.”
He opened his account from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute, stepping up to take a penalty generated by rookie speedster Kekuta Manneh. The 25-year-old striker showed conviction with his strike, beating Clint Irwin in the Colorado goal with a powerful shot to the goalkeeper's right.
Camilo struck again in the 74th minute, beating Drew Moor one-on-one before tucking the ball past Irwin from a tight angle. Then six minutes from time, the forward got on the end of a Russell Teibert through ball to score his 22nd goal of the season.
The striker would have claimed the Golden Boot without that final strike, as his second goal gave him 21, good for level terms with Mike Magee. As Camilo tallied more assists during the season, he would have received the honor anyway, but the final goal allowed him to win the trophy without that tiebreaker.
“It's well deserved,” captain Jay DeMerit said of Camilo's goals. “Throughout a long season, it takes a consistent goal scorer to win the Golden Boot. These things aren't by fluke, so again it shows the qualities that Camilo has and brings to our team.
“He was the most important player for us this year. He was the only All-Star we had. These are all credits to his development. He was [team] player of the year our first season and he's continued that.”