MLS Team of the Week: Zusi, Goncalves and Nguyen Star in Week 4

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2014

MLS Team of the Week: Zusi, Goncalves and Nguyen Star in Week 4

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    In a wild and crazy weekend of play in Major League Soccer, stars from past seasons and new acquisitions that have made a name for themselves featured. 

    Because the play in the midfield was so strong this week, we opted to set up the Week 4 Team of the Week in a 4-5-1 formation to make room for an extra central midfielder.

    Continue reading to see which 11 players were good enough to be named to the latest MLS Team of the Week. 

GK: Steve Clark

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    Steve Clark had a stellar night in goal as Columbus shocked Seattle with a 2-1 win at CenturyLink Field. 

    The offseason acquisition's five saves helped keep the Crew in the game, and his teammates were able to take advantage of that by scoring late in the match through Justin Meram. 

    In his first three games, Clark has made nine saves and conceded just two goals. 

RB: Tony Beltran

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    With United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann in attendance, Tony Beltran had a solid game at right-back for Real Salt Lake that earned him a spot on the roster for Wednesday's match against Mexico, as per MLSsoccer.com.

    The addition of Beltran to the roster was made possible because of an injury suffered by Brad Evans, and it didn't hurt that Klinsmann was at Rio Tinto Stadium watching the likes of Kyle Beckerman and Michael Bradley. 

    In the 3-0 win over Toronto, Beltran led the Claret and Cobalt with seven effective clearances. 

CB: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado

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    Jhon Kennedy Hurtado was effective on both ends of the pitch in Chicago's 2-2 draw with D.C. United.

    The biggest headline about Hurtado's play on Saturday came in the 27th minute when he scored his first league goal since May 16, 2009. 

    On the defensive end of the field, Hurtado made five key interceptions and nine effective clearances. 

CB: Jose Goncalves

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    For the second consecutive week, Jose Goncalves proved just how valuable he is to the New England Revolution.

    The efforts of Goncalves, who had an astonishing 17 effective clearances, helped the Revolution remain in the game for 90 minutes before they earned a late winner. 

    The towering defender also won four aerial duels against a San Jose team that is known for its height. 

LB: Waylon Francis

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    The most active defender for the Crew in the surprise victory in Seattle was Waylon Francis. 

    Francis recorded 89 touches and sent in two key passes from his left-back position. 

    The Costa Rica international and his fellow defenders weathered a storm from Seattle that saw 12 shots fly in, six of which were on target. 

RM: Harrison Shipp

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    At the start of the season, Chicago was looking for a playmaker to provide goals for the group of forwards led by Mike Magee.

    Harrison Shipp has become that player over the last two weeks with an assist in each game against New York and D.C.

    The 22-year-old Notre Dame product's biggest contribution in the Fire's draw at RFK Stadium came on the team's first goal as his corner found Hurtado. 

CM: Lee Nguyen

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    The driving force of the New England midfield on Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium was Lee Nguyen.

    Nguyen completed 92 percent of his 53 passes, and he was rewarded for his play in the 90th minute, as he scored the game-winning goal for the Revolution. 

    Nguyen also fired in another shot on target, and he had one key pass in the 2-1 victory. 

CM: Pedro Morales

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    The infusion of Pedro Morales into the Vancouver attack has benefited the team, and he continued to show that in the 2-1 home win over Houston. 

    Morales did not score, but he was very dangerous with two key passes and two shots on target at BC Place. 

    In his 87 minutes on the pitch, Morales also had the most touches of any Vancouver player with 74

CM: Vincent Nogueira

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    Vincent Nogueira was the best player on the rain-soaked pitch at PPL Park on Saturday for Philadelphia. 

    The former Sochaux captain scored his first MLS goal in the 35th minute, and he combined with forward Jack McInerney throughout the first half to test Montreal's defensive will. 

    The Frenchman was the most active player on the field for the Union with 78 touches and three shots. 

LM: Graham Zusi

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    The game with the most goals scored this weekend saw Graham Zusi star in attack for Sporting Kansas City. 

    Zusi scored the first of three Sporting goals in the 50th minute, and he assisted on the late winner netted by Dom Dwyer. 

    The performance was exactly what fans of the United States men's national team wanted to see out of Zusi ahead of Wednesday's match against Mexico. 

FW: Alvaro Saborio

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    With Joao Plata out for three weeks, the pressure was on Alvaro Saborio to lead the Real Salt Lake attack against Toronto. 

    Saborio did exactly what was asked of him as he struck the back of the net on two occasions in the 3-0 win. 

    The Costa Rica international scored on a penalty in the 11th minute before netting in the 55th minute to finish off the visiting Reds. 

Bench

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    GK: Troy Perkins (Montreal)

    CB: Hassoun Camara (Montreal)

    CM: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle)

    CM: Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas)

    LM: Vicente Sanchez (Colorado)

    FW: Erick Torres (Chivas USA) 

    FW: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose) 

     

    Joe Tansey covers MLS for Bleacher Report, you can follow him on Twitter, @JTansey90.

    All statistics obtained from MLSSoccer.com and WhoScored.com.