MLS Team of the Week: Dwyer, Trapp, Mattocks Lead Youth Movement
The seventh week of play in Major League Soccer saw a bit of a youth movement on the score sheet.
Young stars of the league such as 23-year-olds Dom Dwyer and Darren Mattocks, 24-year-old Matt Hedges and 21-year-old Wil Trapp played big parts in crucial goals throughout Week 7.
A few experienced stars did shine bright as well, but it was the showing by one in particular that had everyone around the league buzzing afterward.
Continue reading on to see which young stars and experienced veterans found their way into the Week 7 edition of the MLS Team of the Week.
GK: Nick Rimando
Any superlative you can think of can be applied to the goalkeeping clinic delivered by Nick Rimando against Portland.
Rimando returned to the Real Salt Lake lineup after missing the last two weeks due to injury and saved all three points for the hosts at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The United States international denied Alvas Powell with his feet in the 85th minute, and then he leaped in the air to deny Gaston Fernandez minutes later.
The 1-0 win for Rimando marked the third time he recorded a clean sheet in 2014.
RB: Chance Myers
Chance Myers was a part of a back four that silenced the Montreal attack on Saturday night in Sporting Kansas City's 4-0 win.
Myers and his teammates held the Impact to just two shots on target in a match that Sporting was heavily favored to win.
The 26-year-old made two key passes on the offensive end, while contributing three key interceptions on defense.
CB: David Horst
The worst game of the weekend came from PPL Park, as Philadelphia and Houston played to a scoreless draw.
One of the reasons why the stalemate could not be breached by the Union was the play of center-back David Horst.
Horst made 10 effective clearances, three key interceptions and blocked a shot for the Dynamo, a team that earned a valuable road point on Saturday afternoon.
CB: Matt Hedges
Any time a center-back records a goal and an assist in one game, he is likely to find his way onto the best 11 of the week.
That is the case this week with Matt Hedges, who scored on a header in the 37th minute against Toronto and assisted on the game-winning goal in the 88th minute.
On the 88th-minute strike, Hedges played a header that bounced to Blas Perez in the center of the penalty area.
On the defensive side of the ball, Hedges didn't have much to deal with against a weakened Toronto side, as he was forced to make just three effective clearances.
LB: Kevin Alston
For the second consecutive week, Kevin Alston turned in a stellar performance at left-back for New England.
Alston drew and conceded a penalty for the Revolution in their 1-1 draw on the road at Chicago.
His handball in the 90th minute turned out to be a game-changing play after Juan Luis Anangono failed to beat Bobby Shuttleworth from the spot in stoppage time.
RM: Lloyd Sam
Lloyd Sam was a part of the dominant New York midfield that took control of its match at home on Wednesday in the second half.
Sam netted the second Red Bulls goal against Philadelphia in the 67th minute, when his head beat a surging Tim Cahill to the ball.
The eventual game-winner was not Sam's only contribution of the night, as he pounded away at a weak Union defense all throughout the second stanza to create plenty of chances on goal.
CM: Gonzalo Pineda
When you play alongside one of the league's best in Osvaldo Alonso, it takes a lot for you to get recognized on a weekly basis.
Gonzalo Pineda has been playing well with Alonso in the defensive midfield for Seattle for a few weeks now, and his showing against Chivas USA on Saturday was a continuation of his good form.
Pineda helped the Seattle defense hold Chivas USA to just four shots in a match that saw the Sounders win 2-1.
The former Chivas de Guadalajara player made four key tackles and two key interceptions in the victory.
CM: Wil Trapp
When his team needed him the most, Wil Trapp delivered a spectacular long ball that ended up as the lone assist on Hector Jimenez's 90th-minute equalizer.
Trapp played the superb ball from the middle of the pitch to the left wing, and Jimenez took over from there, as he beat D.C. keeper Andrew Dykstra in the waning moments of the 1-1 draw.
The entire play was set up by a tackle in the D.C. box by Trapp, who then sparked the improbable counter-attack.
LM: Fabian Castillo
Although he didn't score during FC Dallas' 2-1 win over Toronto, Fabian Castillo was a menace down the left wing all night.
Castillo fired four shots in 90 minutes and caused plenty of trouble to Toronto FC's right-back Mark Bloom.
Since he did show off a decent amount of selfishness on Saturday night, it is no surprise that Castillo made 38 touches and attempted only 16 passes.
FW: Darren Mattocks
Vancouver's Darren Mattocks played the role of scorer and provider in the 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy at BC Place.
Mattocks took advantage of a bad play by LA keeper Jaime Penedo in the 67th minute to score his second goal of the season, and then he assisted on Kekuta Manneh's 86th-minute equalizer.
The 23-year-old Jamaican was also efficient in the passing department with an 88 percent pass accuracy.
FW: Dom Dwyer
There were a lot of celebratory flips taking place at Sporting Park on Saturday.
Dom Dwyer was able to celebrate in that fashion on two occasions during Sporting Kansas City's thumping of Montreal.
His first goal came in the 74th minute, when he finished off a pass from Jacob Peterson. The whole move was started by a Peterson, who hustled down the right wing to ensure the ball would not go out of play.
Dwyer then netted with his head in the 86th minute off a strong cross put in from the left wing by Graham Zusi.
GK: Bobby Shuttleworth (New England)
LB: Cristian (D.C. United)
CB: Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City)
CM: Michel (FC Dallas)
CM: Ned Grabavoy (Real Salt Lake)
FW: Robbie Keane (LA)
FW: Obafemi Martins (Seattle)
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