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MLS Team of the Week: Brown, Defoe and Morales Star with 2 Goals Each

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2014

MLS Team of the Week: Brown, Defoe and Morales Star with 2 Goals Each

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    With World Cup preparations overshadowing Week 13 of play in Major League Soccer, some fans were not able to watch a full weekend of terrific performances. 

    Three teams won their respective matches by more than two goals in a week that saw players shine in the midfield, and up front, for those sides. 

    Five players also scored two goals for their teams this week, but two of those players missed out on the best XI thanks to some stiff competition up front. 

    Continue reading on to see which players were good enough on the pitch to make it into the MLS Team of the Week. 

GK: Jon Busch

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    Jon Busch extended his terrific form into Saturday with a six-save showing in San Jose's 2-1 win over FC Dallas. 

    Right before the halftime whistle, Busch made his biggest save of the night, as he denied Fabian Castillo on a penalty. 

    In his last six games between the pipes, Busch has made four saves or more, while the Earthquakes have picked up 10 points. 

RB: Marvell Wynne

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    Marvell Wynne got on the scoresheet early in Colorado's sixth win of the season with an assist on the first of two goals scored by Deshorn Brown. 

    The assist was one of two key passes that the 28-year-old recorded in the 3-0 thumping of the Dynamo at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. 

CB: Wandrille Lefevre

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    The Montreal Impact produced the most shocking result of the weekend, as they beat New England, 2-0, at home. 

    Center back Wandrille Lefevre was one of the main reasons why Frank Klopas' side ended up earning a surprising three points at Stade Saputo.

    Lefevre made nine interceptions, five effective clearances and blocked two shots in the win. 

CB: Chad Marshall

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    Chad Marshall helped shut down the powerful Real Salt Lake attack on Saturday afternoon in Seattle's 4-0 win at CenturyLink Field. 

    Marshall made 10 effective clearances and five interceptions against RSL's attacking trio of Devon Sandoval, Javier Morales and Olmes Garcia. 

    The center back also showed his might in the air by winning nine aerial duels. 

LB: Justin Morrow

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    In the five-goal shootout at BMO Field, Justin Morrow was very active on the left side of the back four. 

    Against a lively Columbus attack, Morrow made seven interceptions, three tackles and two effective clearances. 

    Morrow also won three aerial duels and made the most touches of any Toronto player with 69. 

RM: Atiba Harris

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    Before the Earthquakes were handed a man advantage against FC Dallas, Atiba Harris netted an important equalizer in the 27th minute. 

    Harris was the beneficiary of a chest pass from Steven Lenhart, and after the ball fell to his feet, he struck the back of the net. 

    Harris took three shots in total, made one key pass and won three aerial duels. 

CM: Hernan Bernardello

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    In Montreal's shutdown of the Revolution, Hernan Bernardello played a crucial role in midfield to thwart any New England attack.

    Bernardello made four tackles and two interceptions in a role where he allowed the Impact forwards to thrive against one of the best defenses in the league. 

LM: Marco Pappa

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    Marco Pappa is turning out to be yet another strong acquisition for the Seattle Sounders.

    The former Chicago Fire player, who came back to the States from Heerenveen, delivered plenty of class on his 55th-minute free-kick goal.

    Pappa whipped the ball around the Real Salt Lake wall, and it curled perfectly past Jeff Attinella and into the right side of the net. 

CAM: Pedro Morales

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    The terrific season of Pedro Morales continued Sunday night at Providence Park, as the Chilean played a part in three Vancouver goals. 

    Morales scored the first two goals by the Whitecaps from the spot in the 16th and 26th minutes, and he contributed an assist on Jordan Harvey's 49th-minute strike.

    The offseason acquisition took a whopping 10 shots, four of which were on target, and made eight key passes in Vancouver's 4-3 win over Portland. 

FW: Deshorn Brown

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    Deshorn Brown was one of four forwards to record a brace this weekend in MLS, as he struck twice in Colorado's 3-0 win over Houston. 

    In the fifth minute, Brown nodded home a Marvell Wynne cross before he hit the ball across the box and past Tally Hall in the 35th minute. 

    To partner his two goals, Brown took four shots, all of which were on target. 

FW: Jermain Defoe

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    Jermain Defoe scored once in each half to help Toronto claim the 2014 edition of the Trillium Cup. 

    Defoe scored from the spot in the 21st minute to hand the Reds a one-goal lead, then equalized the match in the 81st minute before Doneil Henry won the game in stoppage time. 

    The veteran of the English Premier League now has three goals in his last three games. 

Bench

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    GK: Bill Hamid (D.C.)

    LB: Jordan Harvey (Vancouver)

    CB: Doneil Henry (Toronto) 

    CM: Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (San Jose) 

    LM: Cristian Maidana (Philadelphia)

    FW: Fanendo Adi (Portland)

    FW: Chad Barrett (Seattle) 

     

    Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90.

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

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