MLS Team of the Week: Dempsey, Yedlin Star During Rivalry Week

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2014

MLS Team of the Week: Dempsey, Yedlin Star During Rivalry Week

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    During the first rivalry week of the Major League Soccer season, the stars shined bright, while one unexpected star denied the defending MLS Cup champions of a home success. 

    Outside of the marquee rivalry showdowns, a few players from Colorado starred north of the border and Toronto dominated in a match it was supposed to lose. 

    Continue reading to see which players put on the greatest performances in Week 5 to earn a spot on the MLS Team of the Week. 

GK: Jeff Attinella

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    With Nick Rimando out because of a knee injury he suffered on Wednesday, Jeff Attinella stepped into the starting role for Real Salt Lake. 

    With Attinella between the pipes, RSL did not miss a beat as he made eight saves in the team's 0-0 draw with Sporting Kansas City. 

    In a match where the Claret and Cobalt attempted just four shots on the other end, Attinella was there to make some spectacular stops on the likes of Benny Feilhaber and Dom Dwyer. 

     

RB: DeAndre Yedlin

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    In the electric 4-4 draw between Seattle and Portland, DeAndre Yedlin earned the penalty kick that Clint Dempsey tied the game on.

    Based on the fist pump Yedlin celebrated with after he was clipped by Ben Zemanski, he knew exactly what he was doing. 

    Outside of drawing the important penalty, Yedlin won four aerial duels and had two key passes for the visiting Sounders at Providence Park. 

CB: Shane O'Neill

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    Colorado didn't find a breakthrough on the offensive end until Matias Laba was sent off in the 77th minute, but it did hold strong on defense to ensure the two-goal comeback was possible. 

    Shane O'Neill was a part of the back four that held Vancouver to just one goal before the floodgates were opened at BC Place on the opposite side of the pitch. 

    O'Neill made 10 effective clearances and four key interceptions, while winning three aerial duels. 

CB: Nat Borchers

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    Nat Borchers was one of the two center-backs in front of Attinella that kept the Sporting attack from scoring in the MLS Cup rematch. 

    Borchers made 10 effective clearances and had one goal-line clearance in the scoreless draw at Sporting Park. 

    Borchers also made four key interceptions and won five aerial duels in the draw. 

LB: Justin Morrow

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    In the first Trillium Cup match of the year against Columbus, Toronto received stellar play from both full-backs. 

    Justin Morrow was one of those two players, and his biggest contribution came in the 85th minute when he found Issey Nakajima-Farran with a cross from the left side of the box for the Reds' second goal. 

    On the defensive end, Morrow made four key interceptions and had six effective clearances. 

RM: Je-Vaughn Watson

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    Je-Vaughn Watson should have had a hat-trick against Houston on Saturday, but he settled for two goals against his former club. 

    Watson benefited from two assists by Mauro Diaz in the 61st and 70th minutes, and in between the two goals, he forced an own goal by Giles Barnes off a corner kick in the 68th minute. 

    The Jamaican international now has three goals in 2014 for a FC Dallas side that is scorching hot at the moment. 

CM: Jose Mari

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    Jose Mari's first two goals of the season were delivered in stupendous fashion on Saturday night. 

    Mari scored a pair of golazos two minutes apart to hand Colorado a 2-1 road win at BC Place over Vancouver. 

    The Spaniard's first goal in the 79th minute should be one of the final nominees for Goal of the Year at the end of the season. 

CM: Diego Chara

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    Before the Dempsey show took over the first Cascadia Cup match of the season, Diego Chara stole the headlines with a brace for Portland. 

    Chara scored in the ninth and 55th minutes to help the Timbers earn an advantage in what looked to be a massive home win over their biggest rival.

    Despite the efforts of the Colombian in the midfield, Portland could only muster a 4-4 draw in the most exciting match of the weekend. 

LM: Andres Romero

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    Andres Romero was a dominant force for Montreal in its 2-2 draw with New York on Saturday. 

    The Argentinian opened the scoring in the fifth minute and also contributed four key passes for the Impact. 

    Romero also put in two of Montreal's 12 shots on target at home against the Red Bulls. 

FW: Clint Dempsey

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    Dempsey returned from his two-game suspension in a major way by scoring a hat-trick against Portland. 

    The United States international struck the back of the net for the first time in the 24th minute before leading a comeback in the final five minutes. 

    Dempsey scored in the 85th minute and then earned Seattle a point with an 87th-minute penalty. 

FW: Robbie Keane

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    In the final rivalry match of the weekend, Robbie Keane scored a goal and assisted on another score as LA won the first SuperClasico of the season over Chivas USA.

    Keane opened the scoring in the 37th minute before he started a clever team goal that was scored by Baggio Husidic in the 56th minute. 

    The goal was the second of the season for the Irishman, who scored 16 goals in 2013. 

Bench

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    GK: Zac MacMath (Philadelphia)

    CB: Jeff Parke (D.C.)

    CB: Bradley Orr (Toronto) 

    CM: Michael Bradley (Toronto) 

    CM: Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas)

    FW: Obafemi Martins (Seattle) 

    FW: Landon Donovan (LA) 

     

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