MLS Team of the Week: Rimando, Bruin and Edu Star in Week 1
The first week of the Major League Soccer season saw plenty of players step up and surprise us with their talents.
Some of the players in the best 11 from Week 1 came out of nowhere to star for their respective clubs, while a few players turned in games that were extensions of their 2013 form.
We opted for a 3-4-1-2 formation this week because of the stellar center-back play across the league all weekend.
While there were a few standout showings from full-backs, none of them compared to the strong defensive play of the three center-backs in our lineup.
Continue reading to find out who was named to the inaugural B/R MLS team of the week.
GK: Nick Rimando
If you expected to see any other name in this spot, shame on you.
Nick Rimando once again came up big for Real Salt Lake when he was needed most on Saturday.
Rimando saved a Robbie Keane penalty to ensure RSL's 1-0 road win and record his 109th career shutout.
The United States international is just three shutouts shy of Kevin Hartman's league record which will most likely be broken this season.
CB: Aaron Maund
Aaron Maund was one of the two center-backs in front of Rimando that turned in a stellar display against the Galaxy.
The 23-year-old made 14 effective clearances, one interception and had a blocked shot.
Maund also completed 96 percent of his 23 passes from the back.
CB: Michael Parkhurst
In his Columbus Crew debut, Michael Parkhurst, who is a right-back by trade, adjusted well to his new position and shut down Eddie Johnson.
Parkhurst was the main reason why D.C. United got off just one shot on goal during the 90 minutes of play at RFK Stadium.
If he continues to play like this, Parkhurst will be in the conversation for the United States World Cup roster.
CB: David Horst
David Horst was everywhere in Houston's 4-0 domination of New England on Saturday.
The new acquisition starred in the air and was in the mix on almost every set piece in the first half.
Horst had 10 effective clearances, three interceptions and two blocked shots in his first game in Dynamo orange.
RM: Justin Mapp
Justin Mapp turned in another quality performance on the right wing that flew under the radar on Saturday.
Mapp was all over the place in Montreal's 3-2 loss to FC Dallas, as he recorded an assist and delivered four key passes.
The 29-year-old will have to play at the same level all season for the Impact to have a say in the playoff race.
CM: Maurice Edu
In his return to MLS, Maurice Edu proved that, like Parkhurst, he wants to earn the attention of Jurgen Klinsmann.
Edu drew a tough assignment against the creative Portland midfield, but he more than held his own, as Philadelphia raised some eyebrows at Providence Park.
Edu also came close to scoring a goal, but he ended up with an assist after Jack McInerney nodded in the 27-year-old's headed attempt off a corner.
CM: Osvaldo Alonso
Osvaldo Alonso brought his trademark physical style to the pitch against Sporting, and it helped him earn some rave reviews after the match.
Along with his rugged nature on the pitch, Alonso tried to connect the Sounders midfield with the attack as 13 of his 17 attempted long balls were accurate.
Alonso also made two key passes to tie him with DeAndre Yedlin for the team lead.
LM: Sebastian Fernandez
Sebastian Fernandez was a beast on the left wing for Vancouver as he powered home one of four Whitecaps goals in the team's win over New York.
The 24-year-old scored in the 49th minute to extend his team's lead to two goals. That lead would eventually turn into a 4-1 over the Red Bulls at BC Place.
Fernandez delivered a stellar performance that included two shots on target, an 83-percent pass accuracy and one key pass.
CAM: Boniek Garcia
Boniek Garcia was at the pulse of the Houston attack all night, as they thrashed New England at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Honduran was rewarded for his efforts in the 23rd minute when he laced a shot past Revolution keeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
Garcia had a pass accuracy of 85 percent, which was the best among Houston starters, and three key passes in the 4-0 torching of New England.
FW: Will Bruin
Will Bruin made a statement in his first game of 2014.
The Dynamo forward, who had a disappointing 2013, came out on fire with two goals and an assist in the first 23 minutes.
Bruin, who missed plenty of opportunities in front of goal last season, did not miss a beat as he showed plenty of confidence and physicality up front against New England's pair of center-backs, Jose Goncalves and A.J. Soares.
FW: Kenny Miller
There was no need to worry about the void left by the departed Camilo on Saturday in Vancouver, as Kenny Miller notched two goals in the Whitecaps' opener.
Miller scored from the spot in the 34th minute before he completed the double in the 77th minute, as Vancouver cruised to its fourth straight victory in a season opener.
Miller is tied with Bruin and Federico Higuain for the early lead in the Golden Boot race with two goals each.
GK: Donovan Ricketts (Portland)
CB: Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia)
CB: Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake)
RB: DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle)
CAM: Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas)
CAM: Cristian Maidana (Philadelphia)
FW: Jairo Arrieta (Columbus)
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