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Starry nights: MLS Team of the Week – Round 17

Jul 2, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

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  • Chicago’s Sean Johnson

Rationale, motive and intent: Sporting Kansas City wasn’t very accurate with 27 shots aimed toward Chicago goal last Friday, but five needed saving – and the pressure overall pushed the young goalkeeper.

Back line:

  • Columbus’ Josh Williams
  • Colorado’s Drew Moor
  • Toronto FC’s Ashtone Morgan

Rationale, motive and intent: Toronto FC really has something in Morgan, a 21-year-old graduate of the TFC academy program who already has two Canadian caps. Moor led the way as Colorado limited visiting Portland to just seven shots (and only two on target).


  • San Jose’s Marvin Chavez
  • Columbus’ Eddie Gaven (pictured)
  • Toronto FC’s Torsten Frings
  • Houston’s Brad Davis
  • DC United’s Chris Pontius

Rationale, motive and intent: Guys like Chavez and Gaven aren’t showing up on the score sheet as much as others, but they are reliably involved, always on the buzz and making things happen. Pontius is a constant threat, too, one who does show up frequently on the stat sheet.


  • Seattle’s Eddie Johnson
  • Toronto FC’s Danny Koevermans

Rationale, motive and intent: Don’t you wonder what Koevermans, making this team for the second consecutive week, might have already accomplished in 2012 without all that early season injury? Heck, for that matter, is there a chance that Aron Winter may have even kept his job a little longer?

  1. tylerbetts - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    I am convinced that Eddie Gaven is one of those players just a notch below “special”. We, the Crew faithful, see him regularly and know what he brings to the game. But, to someone who doesn’t get to see him often, you think the Crew fans are just being homers and hyping him up to the nth degree, only to watch him and go “yeah, damn, he really is solid”.

    If there was an all-overlooked team, I’m pretty sure he’d be on it. Hell, he might be the captain. Plenty of other players in the league playing a similar role with more flash and more headlines, but I’ll take Eddie Gaven every day of the week.

    And, not just because we sing “Piano Man” for him.

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