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MLS Team of the Week: Dempsey Shines Bright for 2nd Straight Week

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2014

MLS Team of the Week: Dempsey Shines Bright for 2nd Straight Week

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    The sixth week of play in Major League Soccer belonged to the defense with seven of the nine matches seeing two or less goals. 

    The other two matches in Philadelphia and Dallas saw a combined nine goals, but only two players from those games made it into our team of the week. 

    The team set up in a traditional 4-4-2 has a strong core at the back and plenty of established attackers up front. 

    Continue reading to see which 11 players found themselves in the Week 6 edition of the MLS Team of the Week. 

GK: Jaime Penedo

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    In his first start since Week 1, Jamie Penedo came up big on numerous occasions for the Galaxy. 

    The Panamanian stopped all four shots sent in his direction by Vancouver to earn his first clean sheet of the season. 

    The shutout was the fifth overall in the league for Penedo, who joined the Galaxy last August. 

RB: Andrew Farrell

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    Andrew Farrell has turned in a few impressive showings during the early season, and he continued his good form in New England's 2-0 win over Houston. 

    Farrell's role in the back four grew late in the first half when Jose Goncalves was taken off with what was called a right quad injury after the match. 

    The 22-year-old made 10 effective clearances, two key tackles and two key interceptions in the home victory. 

CB: Omar Gonzalez

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    All of the Omar Gonzalez doubters that popped up after the United States' draw with Mexico were silenced a bit on Saturday night. 

    Gonzalez made 21 effective clearances and won all of his aerial duels in the Galaxy's 1-0 home win over Vancouver. 

    The center-back also made two key interceptions and blocked one shot as he continued to put the Mexico match behind him. 

CB: Bobby Boswell

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    For the second consecutive week, D.C. United held their opponent scoreless at home. 

    One of the main reasons for the second straight clean sheet was Bobby Boswell, who has formed a formidable center-back partnership with Jeff Parke. 

    Boswell also contributed an assist on the lone goal of the match when his header found Davy Arnaud at the far post in the fourth minute. 

LB: Kevin Alston

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    The unlikely first goalscorer for New England on Saturday was left-back Kevin Alston. 

    Alston smashed home his shot in the 68th minute for his first MLS-career goal. 

    He also made 58 touches and completed 79 percent of his passes out of a back line that is continuing to get better by the week. 

RM: Luke Mulholland

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    Luke Mulholland lined up on the right side of the diamond formation that Real Salt Lake manager Jeff Cassar put out on the pitch at PPL Park on Saturday.

    Mulholland grabbed the early headlines of the 2-2 away draw with Philadelphia as he put home a penalty rebound in the sixth minute. 

    As the game progressed, Mulholland continued to play well as he ended his day with two key passes, two shots and five key tackles. 

CM: Chris Rolfe

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    Chris Rolfe has embraced his new lease on life with D.C. United by delivering two straight stellar performances in midfield. 

    A week after starring against New England, Rolfe, who was traded from Chicago to D.C. on April 2, completed 94 percent of his passes in the win over New York. 

    Rolfe also played a starring role on the defensive end of the ball with three key tackles and three key interceptions. 

CM: Federico Higuain

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    The only goal scored by Columbus on Sunday was a thing of beauty that was finished off by Federico Higuain. 

    Higuain beat Jon Busch from the center of the box after he received a pass from Waylon Francis on the left wing. 

    As always, Higuain was active in the midfield with 92 touches and a pass accuracy of 87 percent. 

LM: Will Johnson

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    Will Johnson was the best player on the pitch at Providence Park on Saturday night.

    Despite failing to lead Portland to a victory in front of the Timbers Army, Johnson was very active from the outset, and he never slowed down in search of a second goal. 

    Johnson scored in the seventh minute after he made a darting run down the center of the pitch to latch on to an assist from Darlington Nagbe. 

    He almost won the match for Portland in the 92nd minute, but his free-kick rattled the right post. 

FW: Clint Dempsey

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    Clint Dempsey dazzled yet again for the Seattle Sounders in Week 6 with two goals in the 3-2 win over FC Dallas. 

    Dempsey scored in the 22nd and 85th minutes, and he also earned Seattle an own goal, when his shot deflected off Stephen Keel in the 75th minute. 

    With his brace, Dempsey took sole possession of the lead in the Golden Boot race with six goals. 

FW: Quincy Amarikwa

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    After scoring just three goals in 14 appearances last season, Quincy Amarikwa matched his 2013 goal total on Saturday in Montreal. 

    Amarikwa, who has started in five of Chicago's six games, has worked well up front with Mike Magee to provide the Fire with a strong goalscoring one-two punch. 

    His goal in the 54th minute was assisted by Magee, who tapped the ball across the box to his feet. 

Bench

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    GK: Andrew Dykstra (D.C.)

    CB: Karl Ouimette (Montreal)

    CM: Kyle Bekker (Toronto)

    CM: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) 

    LM: Shea Salinas (San Jose) 

    FW: Mike Magee (Chicago)

    FW: Robbie Keane (LA) 

     

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

    Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90. 

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