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MLS Team of the Week: Donovan Dominates the Headlines

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2014

MLS Team of the Week: Donovan Dominates the Headlines

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    Whether you like it or not, the last week in American soccer belonged to Landon Donovan.

    Donovan caught headlines for being left off the United States' 23-man World Cup roster on Thursday, and then found himself back in the news on Sunday, when he scored twice in the Galaxy's win over Philadelphia.

    Thanks to his, and Robbie Keane's, magnificent display at the StubHub Center, the pair were easy selections for the latest MLS Team of the Week. 

    Continue reading on to see who joined Donovan and Keane in the Week 12 Team of the Week. 

GK: Donovan Ricketts

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    Donovan Ricketts preserved three points for Portland in the 85th minute with a double save on Thierry Henry and Bradley Wright-Phillips.

    Ricketts denied the Red Bulls' Henry with his feet and then used his reach to deny Wright-Phillips of an equalizer on the opposite side of the penalty area. 

    In the 2-1 road win for the Timbers, Ricketts made a total of five saves. 

RB: Zach Loyd

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    During FC Dallas' two-game road trip this week, Zach Loyd performed well on both occasions at right back.

    Loyd's standout showing of the week came in the 0-0 draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday, as he made seven effective clearances and six tackles. 

    Although his numbers weren't as high on Wednesday in the 2-1 loss to L.A., Loyd was still consistent with three effective clearances, two tackles and two interceptions. 

CB: Chris Schuler

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    In the only scoreless match of the weekend, Chris Schuler starred at the back for Real Salt Lake. 

    Schuler made seven effective clearances, six interceptions and four tackles in the 0-0 home draw with FC Dallas. 

    He also won six aerial duels and recorded an 82 percent pass accuracy. 

CB: Shane O'Neill

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    Shane O'Neill opened his MLS scoring account on Saturday night in the 4-1 rout that the Colorado Rapids produced at home against Montreal.

    O'Neill hit a screaming shot in the 58th minute that flew past Impact keeper Troy Perkins to extend his team's lead to three goals at the time. 

    On the defensive side of the ball, O'Neill made four effective clearances and three interceptions. 

LB: Cristian

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    In 180 minutes of play in Week 12, Cristian starred for D.C. United, as his side won at home against Houston and lost to New England on its travels. 

    In the 2-0 victory against the Dynamo on Wednesday, he made four effective clearances, three interceptions and three tackles. 

    Against the Revolution on Saturday, Cristian earned an assist on Fabian Espindola's 73rd-minute strike and made a team-high nine effective clearances. 

RM: Ethan Finlay

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    Ethan Finlay continued to impress for the Columbus Crew in their 2-0 victory over Chicago.

    The 23-year-old netted the opening goal of the match in the 10th minute after he received a superb dish from Federico Higuain. 

    All Finlay, who made two key passes and 35 touches, had to do after that was skate past Fire keeper Sean Johnson and find the back of the net. 

CM: Gershon Koffie

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    From start to finish, Gershon Koffie had a fantastic night for Vancouver in its 2-2 draw with the Seattle Sounders.

    Koffie took eight shots, three of which were on target, made eight tackles and completed 92 percent of his passes.

    Adding to his terrific stat line was his 66th-minute goal that handed the Whitecaps the lead for 16 minutes before Seattle equalized. 

CM: Dillon Powers

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    In Colorado's blowout win over Montreal at home, Dillon Powers was a menace to the Impact back four with two goals, one from open play and one from the spot.

    Powers' strike in the 84th minute, where he turned in a small amount of space to shoot, sealed the victory for the Rapids, who were dominant throughout the entire match. 

    In his team's fifth win of the season, Powers made three key passes and completed 87 percent of his passes. 

LM: Diego Fagundez

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    Diego Fagundez's terrific run of form continued on Saturday with a goal and an assist in the New England Revolution's 2-1 win over D.C.

    The 19-year-old assisted on Patrick Mullins' opener in the 55th minute before he scored the game-winner in the 77th minute. 

    In his last three games, Fagundez has four goals and two assists for the Eastern Conference leaders. 

FW: Landon Donovan

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    There really wasn't any doubt that Landon Donovan would come out with a point to prove on Sunday night. 

    Donovan scored twice in L.A.s thumping of the Philadelphia Union at the StubHub Center, as he broke the MLS regular-season scoring record with his first strike. 

    His goals in the 49th and 81st minutes moved his regular-season goal total to 136, and just to add to his stats, he notched an assist on the second-minute goal scored by Leonardo. 

FW: Robbie Keane

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    Donovan certainly made all the headlines on Sunday night, but Keane did all the dirty work to hand L.A. a massive advantage in attack. 

    Keane attempted nine shots, made three key passes, recorded two assists and scored in the 64th minute for the Galaxy. 

    The Irishman now has seven goals and three assists through 10 games in 2014. 

Bench

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    GK: Jon Busch (San Jose) 

    CB: Eric Gehrig (Columbus)

    CM: Kamani Hill (Colorado)

    CM: Khari Stephenson (San Jose) 

    RM: Gyasi Zardes (L.A.) 

    FW: Erik Hurtado (Vancouver)

    FW: Maximiliano Urruti (Portland) 

     

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

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