MLS Team of the Week: Adi, Shipp, Casey Bag Braces in Week 14

Joe TanseyFeatured Columnist IVApril 2, 2017

MLS Team of the Week: Adi, Shipp, Casey Bag Braces in Week 14

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    The final week of play in Major League Soccer before the World Cup break delivered plenty of quality performances at every position.

    From a trio of forwards scoring a brace to a pair of center backs who shut down opposing attacks, Week 14's Team of the Week impressed on many levels. 

    Continue reading on to see who was named in the 4-3-3 formation that makes up the latest MLS Team of the Week. 

GK: Luis Robles

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    Luis Robles was one of six 'keepers in Week 14 to record a clean sheet, but his was the most impressive, as he made 10 saves in New York's 2-0 win over New England. 

    The league leader in saves, who covered every part of the area in front of his goal, held New England scoreless for the second consecutive week. 

RB: Zach Loyd

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    There were a few right backs deserving of this honor in Week 14, but Zach Loyd holds the edge over them all thanks to his goal right before halftime against Colorado.

    To partner his strike from just outside the box, that bounced off Clint Irwin and into the back of the net, Loyd made six effective clearances, three interceptions and two tackles. 

CB: Doneil Henry

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    A week after delivering the game-winning goal for Toronto, Doneil Henry turned in a strong day at the back against San Jose at BMO Field. 

    Henry made 14 effective clearances, and won seven aerial duels, against the bruising duo of Alan Gordon and Steven Lenhart. 

CB: Kevin Ellis

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    Playing down a man for 69 minutes did not affect the morale of Kevin Ellis and Sporting Kansas City in the team's 2-0 win over Houston. 

    Ellis, who has been starting over the last few weeks because of injuries and international obligations, made 13 effective clearances, four interceptions and blocked two shots in the win at BBVA Compass Stadium. 

LB: Seth Sinovic

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    In Sporting's road win, Seth Sinovic shut down the right side of the Houston attack by holding Kofi Sarkodie, Alex Lopez and Omar Cummings to just two total shots. 

    Sinovic was also efficient in his passing, as he completed 90 percent of his attempted 21 passes on the left side of the pitch.

    On defense, he made four interceptions, four effective clearances and two tackles. 

RM: Diego Valeri

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    Diego Valeri was an integral part of starting a three-goal surge by the Timbers at Rio Tinto Stadium. 

    The corner kick taken by the Argentinian in the 36th minute found the head of Fanendo Adi, who nodded the ball past Real Salt Lake keeper Jeff Attinella for Portland's first goal. 

    In the 3-1 victory, Valeri made three key passes and recorded the third-most touches on the team with 59. 

CM: Lee Nguyen

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    Lee Nguyen may not have driven the Revolution to a victory, or a goal, Sunday at home, but his efforts were relentless in the midfield. 

    Nguyen made eight key passes and fired five shots, two of which were on target, in the 2-0 loss to New York. 

    He also completed 83 percent of his 48 passes and completed all four of his attempted long balls. 

LM: Cristian Maidana

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    Cristian Maidana played a part in all three of the Union's goals in the 3-3 draw with Vancouver at PPL Park. 

    Maidana started the terrific eight-minute span, where the Union scored three goals, with a strong cross that met Conor Casey's head in the 61st minute. 

    The designated player also played a terrific long ball to set up the move in the 68th minute, and then he dropped off another assist to Casey three minutes later. 

FW: Fanendo Adi

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    What an addition Fanendo Adi has been for the Portland Timbers. 

    Adi scored two more goals for the Timbers on Saturday on the road against Real Salt Lake in the 36th and 45th minutes.

    The 23-year-old Nigerian headed home a Valeri cross for his first strike, and then he pounced on a rebound to score his fourth goal in three games. 

FW: Harry Shipp

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    Just as Harry Shipp's name was drifting out of our minds, he reminded us why he is such an attacking threat for the Fire with two goals Saturday night. 

    Down by two goals and a man in the 41st minute, Shipp cut through two defenders to score his first goal since May 11. 

    Late in the game, Shipp blasted a laser into the top left corner for his fifth goal of the season.

FW: Conor Casey

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    Casey just can't stop scoring goals at the moment, as the Philadelphia forward has four goals in the last two games. 

    Casey struck twice in the 63rd and 71st minutes, and he started the move to the 68th-minute goal by Sebastien Le Toux, in the Union's 3-3 draw with Vancouver. 

    The league veteran now has scored on four occasions in 165 minutes after not scoring once in his first 338 minutes of play this season. 

Bench

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    GK: Jeff Attinella (Real Salt Lake) 

    RB: Nick Hagglund (Toronto) 

    CB: Tyson Wahl (Columbus) 

    RM: Ethan Finlay (Columbus) 

    CM: Ibrahim Sekagya (New York) 

    FW: Erik Hurtado (Vancouver)

    FW: Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC) 

     

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    All statistics obtained from MLSSoccer.com and WhoScored.com