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Starry nights: MLS Team of the Week – Round 2

Mar 11, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

Kenny Miller, Tyson Wahl

ProSoccerTalk’s Best XI from Week 2 in Major League Soccer includes a man one blogger called The Wizard of Earnshaw. I mean, how great is that!

Goalkeeper:

  • New England’s Matt Reis

Why we like them: His big save – no, let’s go with “massive” – on Dilly Duka’s wonderful first-half shot was a real game-saver as New England got the year started with three fairly massive points on the road.

Back line:

  • Montreal Impact’s Hassoun Camara
  • D.C. United’s Dejan Jakovic
  • Philadelphia Union’s Amobi Okugo
  • Toronto FC’s Darren O’Dea

Why we like them: Camara started his team’s scoring in a big road win with a spectacular overhead kick, then helped get the job done on defense. (Let’s face it, we’re a sucker for the overhead kick. Especially when it’s an outside back doing the overhead kicking.)

As for O’Dea, he got the job done for Ryan Nelsen’s team, then handed off all the credit.

Jakovic stepped into the challenges with just the right amount of force as D.C. United prevailed in its home opener, against RSL.

(MORE: Okugo is ProSoccerTalk’s MLS Player of the Week)

Midfield:

  • Montreal’s Patrice Bernier
  • Vancouver Whitcaps’s Kenny Miller (pictured)
  • Chivas USA’s Giovani Casillas

Why we like them: Remember how effective Portland’s Diego Valeri was last week. Well, Montreal’s Bernier sure does. And he was having none of that Saturday in Oregon, working hard to keep the Timbers’ playmaker under wraps as his team took the big road win to go 2-0.

Casillas played just less than half an hour for the Goats, but his introduction helped change the game as Chivas USA rallied from a goal down to give its new manager his first MLS victory.

In Vancouver, the veteran Scotsman took the armband from injured captain Jay DeMerit, then made everyone feel good about it, running the attack and capitalizing on a boo-boo to supply a confident game-winner over visiting Columbus.

Forwards:

  • Toronto FC’s Robert Earnshaw
  • New England’s Jerry Bengtson
  • San Jose’s Adam Jahn

Why we like them: The piece called TFC’s two-goal man The Wizard of Earnshaw. I mean, how great is that! Bengtson’s hold-up play was important, but his goal was technically perfect, and what a huge goal it was for New England, which opened the season with a win on the road.

Like Casillas, San Jose’s Jahn was a second-half game-changer off the bench. He got free for the Earthquakes’ late equalizer. Then he punished New York again by earning the penalty kick, which Chris Wondolowski converted, although not before a little bit more drama still.

  1. drewvt6 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Miller sure missed a lot of easy (relatively speaking) shots to be on the TOW list. Part of the reason he got so determined to grab that mistake goal was the earlier sitters he couldn’t put away. He seems like his back to the same m.o. we saw in Portland.

    • Steve Davis - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      That’s fair, but I thought he helped make a lot of things happen, too. And in the end, he nailed the one that counted. (To your point, though, on another week, with a couple of two-goal scorers around the league, this list could look very different.)

    • jsmith80 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      I rate Miller’s one goal performance as the best of the week. Dude was a beast. He was all over the field defensively. He put in a crazy amount of pressure agaisnt Columbus’ midfield. Not to mention, he should of had more than the one goal, except he got robbed on a couple of fine saves. I’m not even a Miller fan, but he really impessed me.

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