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Starry nights: MLS Team of the Week – Round 24

Aug 20, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

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Goalkeeper:

  • Chivas USA’s Dan Kennedy

Rationale, motive and intent: There’s that name again. He makes a lot of appearances in this space. This time, four quality saves helped his team steal a point in a 1-1 draw at Colorado.

Back line:

  • Philadelphia’s Carlos Valdes
  • Seattle’s Leo Gonzalez
  • Sporting Kansas City’s Aurelien Collin

Rationale, motive and intent: Every ounce of Valdes’ veteran calm and savvy was needed as the Union held off D.C. United in a 1-1 draw Sunday. Gonzalez had one of his best nights of 2012 for the Sounders in a comfortable 2-0 win over rival Vancouver. Collin was a smidge fortunate to survive referee wrath for one early challenge, but he was in charge along the back line otherwise.

Midfield:

  • New York Red Bulls’ Dax McCarty
  • Portland’s Sal Zizzo
  • Columbus’ Eddie Gaven (pictured)
  • FC Dallas’ David Ferreira
  • Montreal’s Lamar Neagle

Rationale, motive and intent: Neagle, the former Seattle Sounders man, had a goal and an assist as the Impact moved into fifth place in the East with a massive win over Western Conference leading San Jose. Sizzo was terrific over two matches as the beleaguered Timbers managed a draw at Toronto and very nearly pulled off a second consecutive draw four nights later in New York. He had a goal against Toronto and then assisted on both Timbers’ goals on Sunday.

Gaven had a goal and an assist and put in his usual solid body of overall work as Columbus took a point out of a trip to Houston – and that is no easy point, for sure.

Forward:

  • Seattle’s Eddie Johnson
  • Chicago Fire’s Chris Rolfe

Rationale, motive and intent: Johnson is playing with all the confidence that he never could muster during those years in England, and then some. Rolfe was productive in spurts in his first go-round with the Fire – but he has become a real force in his second stay at Toyota Park. He has four goals in his last four games for Frank Klopas’ team.

  1. mkbryant3 - Aug 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    I always was a big fan of Rolfe, due to his smooth style of play but also, of course, due to his likeness to Mark Arm, the lead singer of legendary grunge band Mudhoney.

    Touch Me I’m Sick!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawn_brackbill/2088106712/

  2. dws110 - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Great to see Leo Gonzales getting some recognition.

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