MLS Team of the Week: Hat-Trick Heroes Highlight Week 10 Scoring Bonanza
Week 10 in Major League Soccer was not short of terrific performances.
Three teams scored five goals and three players scored hat-tricks in a week that saw 39 goals scored across 12 games.
Among the superb players on the pitch were a pair of rookies who made the race for Rookie of the Year a bit more interesting than it already was.
Continue reading to see which players filled out the MLS Team of the Week, which is shaped in a 4-4-2 formation.
GK: Bill Hamid
There was no shortage of impressive goalkeeping performances this week, but Bill Hamid's contributions against Philadelphia preserved a clean sheet and a win.
In the 64th minute of the 1-0 victory, the D.C. United keeper made one save on Andrew Wenger and then somehow stretched his arms out to deny Conor Casey on the rebound.
Hamid made four saves in the match but none were more important than those two.
RB: Dan Gargan
Dan Gargan made a huge impression on the stat sheet in the LA Galaxy's 1-1 draw with Portland.
The right-back made four key passes and notched an assist on a long throw that bounced right to the head of Robbie Keane in the 92nd minute.
On the defensive end, Gargan made two tackles, two effective clearances and an interception.
CB: Clarence Goodson
In his final audition at club level for the United States World Cup roster, Clarence Goodson turned in a terrific performance for San Jose.
Goodson made eight effective clearances, four interceptions and blocked one shot in the Earthquakes' 2-1 home victory over FC Dallas.
He also recorded an assist on the first goal of the game in the 25th minute, which was scored by Cordell Cato.
CB: Pa Modou Kah
Pa Modou Kah had his hands full against the dynamic LA attack on Sunday afternoon in the 1-1 draw at Providence Park.
Kah made 11 effective clearances, five interceptions and blocked two shots in the sixth draw of the season for the Timbers.
Although Portland conceded once, it was Kah's defensive partner Futty Danso who made the mistake that led to the goal.
For FC Dallas' two-game swing out West this week, Michel shifted out to left-back and was very impressive.
Against Seattle on Wednesday night, Michel scored a 10th-minute penalty and made six tackles and four interceptions.
His production level did not drop in San Jose on Saturday, as he fired home a 76th-minute free-kick goal and made four key passes in defeat.
RM: Marvin Chavez
In 33 minutes against his former club this week, Marvin Chavez made the Rapids pay for trading him away.
Chavez scored in the 67th and 76th minutes for Chivas USA in the surprising 3-1 victory at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The two goals represented the only two shots Chavez took after coming on as a substitute in the 57th minute.
CM: Javier Morales
Javier Morales was one of three players to score a hat-trick in Week 10, as he beat Houston keeper Tally Hall on three occasions Sunday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Morales scored 15 seconds into the 5-2 Real Salt Lake victory with the fourth-fastest goal in league history, then capped off the sixth-ever hat-trick in franchise history from the spot in the 89th minute.
Adding to his hat-trick, Morales also provided an assist in RSL's first-ever win in Houston.
CM: Harry Shipp
Confidence is just oozing out of Harry Shipp at the moment.
The rookie from Notre Dame played a massive part in Chicago's 5-4 win at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night by scoring a hat-trick.
Not only did Shipp score on three occasions, but he also provided an assist on the game-winner scored by Patrick Nyarko.
Shipp, who usually lines up on the left side of the midfield, played in a more central role in what started out as a diamond midfield.
LM: Diego Fagundez
Diego Fagundez scored his first two goals of the season in New England's walloping of Seattle at home on Sunday.
Fagundez found the back of the net in the 29th and 41st minutes as the Revolution ripped through the Seattle defense for four first-half goals.
The 19-year-old had the most shots of any Revolution player with four and also made two key passes.
FW: Bradley Wright-Phillips
Bradley Wright-Phillips vaulted himself into the lead in the Golden Boot race with a hat-trick in New York's loss to Chicago.
The Englishman scored his second hat-trick of the season by netting in the 39th, 67th and 78th minutes.
He now has nine goals this season, one more than Seattle's Clint Dempsey.
FW: Mark Sherrod
Despite falling to Real Salt Lake at home, Houston's rookie forward Mark Sherrod had a fantastic match up front.
Sherrod notched his first-career league goal in the 22nd minute before adding to his tally in the 56th minute.
The game also marked the first start of the 23-year-old's MLS career. He had previously appeared as a substitute on six occasions.
GK: Jon Busch (San Jose)
LB: Jordan Harvey (Vancouver)
CM: Martin Rivero (Chivas USA)
CM: Matias Laba (Vancouver)
RM: Teal Bunbury (New England)
FW: Erik Hurtado (Vancouver)
FW: Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC)
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