Apr 15, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT
ProSoccerTalk’s Best XI from Week 7 in Major League Soccer includes two men from Houston’s bustling midfield and one Colorado rookie who keeps leaving a big impression:
- Toronto FC’s Joe Bendik
Why we like him: Nine saves for Toronto FC from the former Portland Timbers man in his team’s 1-1 draw. Not bad at all considering he’s the backup to Stefan Frei around BMO Field.
- Portland Timbers’ Mikael Silvestre (pictured)
- New England’s José Gonçalves
- FC Dallas’ George John
Why we like them: Second week in a row on this list for Silvestre, who has clearly found his MLS feet after a couple of notorious, early wobbles.
Goncalves was big all night in guiding the Revs to a well-earned point on the road, and his late intervention on Steve Zakuani from point blank range before intermission was absolutely critical.
John gave up a potentially costly PK, but we’ll provide some benefit of the doubt here because Jose Villarreal was clearly looking for the contact and could have easily avoided the FCD defender. Besides, John scored the winning goal and laughted off a beer can to the noggin’. That’s a good night!
- Houston’s Dynamo’s Andrew Driver
- Portland Timers’ Will Johnson
- Real Salt Lake’s Ned Grabavoy
- Houston Dynamo’s Brad Davis
Why we like them: The two Houston Dynamo men, Driver on the right and Davis on the left, were dominant in the Dynamo’s record-setting 2-1 win over Chicago.
Grabavoy’s bustling industry was impressive as it was important as RSL went on the road to get a point in Vancouver.
And what a free kick from Johnson; we love our goals around here that are technical as well as important and Johnson’s was certainly both, the game-winner as Caleb Porter’s team won its second consecutive match.
- New York Red Bulls Thierry Henry
- Colorado Rapids’ Deshorn Brown
- Columbus Crew’s Dominic Oduro
Why we like them: Yes, D.C. United’s Bill Hamid should have done better on Henry’s clever curler to open the scoring Saturday at RFK – but it was still a clever curler. Henry continues to be a real difference-maker when healthy; this was his first start in almost a month.
Brown was one of the few Rapids who made Chivas USA defenders work in Colorado’s big three points on the road. Besides, telling a rookie to go take the penalty kicks (this one turned out to be an early game-winner) shows a tremendous amount of faith in the guy.
Oduro’s stinger in a 1-1 draw with Montreal (one delayed 24 hours by weather) was among the weekend’s top goals.
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- Premier League Sunday preview: Man City vs. Chelsea; Everton, Spurs, Man United in action 0
- Premier League roundup: Arsenal, Southampton win, Liverpool upset 0
- West Ham United 3-1 Liverpool: Early goals send Irons to big upset 2
- Newcastle United 2-2 Hull City: Cisse’s brace saves embattled Magpies (video) 0
- Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal: Red-hot Ozil, Welbeck fire Gunners to victory (video) 0