Mar 25, 2013, 3:15 PM EST
- Colorado’s Clint Irwin
Why we like him: There were some great saves from Andy Gruenebaum, and Troy Perkins was solid on the Montreal carpet, but oh my gosh, did you see what Clint Irwin did in L.A. on Saturday? One way traffic the whole time, and the only thing the Galaxy could get past Matt Pickens’ understudy was a spot kick from Mike Magee. Take a bow, youngin’.
- Sporting KC’s Aurelien Collin
- San Jose’s Nana Attakora
- Columbus’s Josh Williams
Why we like them: Without his partner in attacking-oppressing crime (Matt Besler), Collin led the KC defense to a clean sheet in New England. Nana Attakora vindicated Frank Yallop’s faith as San Jose kept Seattle off the scoresheet, while Josh Williams’s opening goal at D.C. pushes him ahead of a few other wide men who could have claimed the spot (Jed Brovsky and teammate Tyson Wahl).
- Montréal’s Patrice Bernier
- FC Dallas’s Jackson (pictured)
- Chivas USA’s Edgar Mejia
- Houston’s Ricardo Clark
Why we like them: Did you see Bernier’s assist on Montréal’s goal? If there was an assist of the week, he’d get it. That man’s your Player of the Month, easy. He may have even been the Player of the Week.
Jackson had a goal and an assist as Dallas stayed atop the West. Josh Saunders is going to have flashbacks of the Brazilian bulldog hounding him for that second goal.
Edgar Meija matched Jackson’s production thanks to a second half rocket that propelled the Goats, while Ricardo Clark’s coverage of the middle and surges toward Vancouver’s right channel eventually paid off with an assist on Houston’s first goal.
- San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski
- Chivas USA’s Juan Agudelo
- Montréal’s Marco Di Vaio
Why we like them: You know those jerks that quote themselves and pretend it’s profound? Well, you’re reading one. Here’s me elsewhere on Wondo:
Good enough to be the Most Valuable Player yet of no use for his national team, “Wondo” is almost the perfect MLS star. He’s not going to be pulled away by qualifiers and at this point, he’s not going to jump to Europe. All he’s going to do is score big goals.
As for the others, correct me if I’m forgetting a performance, but was Sunday Juan Agudelo’s best game in MLS? That was an amazing finish.
As for Di Vaio, I’m still not sure he’s going to put up the goal totals many expect, but week in, week out, the guy’s putting on a clinic in how a forward can contribute without getting on the scoresheet. On Saturday, he just so happened to get the match-winner.
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