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MLS Team of the Week: McInerney Shines Bright with Golazo

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2014

MLS Team of the Week: McInerney Shines Bright with Golazo

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    With all of the players around the league taking to the field with fresh legs after the two-week break for the World Cup, there were plenty of terrific performances across Major League Soccer this weekend. 

    There may not have been a scoring outburst over the 10-game slate, but there were plenty of impressive goals, including the one scored by Jack McInerney in Montreal. 

    This week's team is set up in a 4-1-3-2 to accommodate for a fifth defensive-minded player to enter the squad.

    Continue reading on to see who found their way into the latest edition of the MLS Team of the Week.

GK: Steve Clark

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    In one of the two scoreless games this week, Steve Clark made a crucial save to preserve a clean sheet at home for Columbus. 

    Clark's diving grab on the line in the 83rd minute prevented David Texeira from handing FC Dallas a late lead at Crew Stadium.

RB: Dan Gargan

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    In the much-hyped California Clasico Saturday night, the LA Galaxy were powered to a 1-0 victory by a terrific effort by everyone in the back four.

    Dan Gargan was one of the four players who starred for the visitors in the win with nine effective clearances, five interceptions and four tackles.

CB: Kofi Opare

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    Both center backs for LA had great games against rival San Jose, but Kofi Opare shined a bit brighter than Tommy Meyer to earn a nod on this list. 

    Opare dealt with the aerial threats of Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon by winning four aerial duels to go along with the 12 effective clearances and three tackles he made. 

    Opare also was accurate with his passing at an 89 percent completion rate, which was much better than Meyer's out of the back.

CB: Kevin Ellis

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    Once again playing out of position because of the lack of depth at center back for Sporting Kansas City, Kevin Ellis shut down the Portland attack Friday night at Providence Park.

    Ellis made eight effective clearances, and he was able to shut down threats from Fanendo Adi, Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe all night. 

LB: Tony Lochhead

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    Tony Lochhead beat out some stiff competition for the left-back spot in this team because of one standout play that changed the course of Chivas USA's 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake. 

    Lochhead made an interception in his own half, ran down the left flank and found Erick Torres with a terrific long ball, which was then finished in spectacular fashion by the forward. 

    He was also all over the place in defense with nine effective clearances, four tackles and two interceptions.

CDM: Patrice Bernier

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    In Montreal's 3-0 win over Houston at home Sunday, Patrice Bernier was a force in the defensive midfield, as he was able to slow down the Dynamo attack. 

    Bernier was also able to link up well with the players in front of him, with two key passes and a pass accuracy of 84 percent. 

    He also contributed three tackles and two interceptions in front of the Impact back four.

RM: Danny Cruz

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    No one saw Danny Cruz's performance on the right wing against New England coming. 

    Cruz has been a lighting rod in the Philadelphia attack for the last few games, but he came alive even more on the road against one of the best defenses in the league. 

    The highlight of Cruz's day came in the 69th minute when he was handed a ton of space in the center of the pitch to fire home the second of three goals scored by the Union.

CM: Dillon Powers

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    Dillon Powers continues to impress and improve in his second year in the Colorado midfield, and his showing against Vancouver was another step in the right direction for the 23-year-old. 

    Powers scored his third goal of the season in the 20th minute of the 2-0 victory by the Rapids, a strike that saw him use control and turn in the box to score.

    Just three minutes before that, Powers blistered the crossbar with a shot from outside the box.

LM: Sebastien Le Toux

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    Lined up on the left side of a 4-2-3-1 for the Union, Sebastien Le Toux bagged a brace in the surprise 3-1 win over New England. 

    Le Toux capitalized on a mistake by the usually sturdy Revolution back four in the 42nd minute before he finished an Andrew Wenger cross in the 78th minute. 

    The Frenchman has scored three of his team's six goals in the last two league games.

FW: Jack McInerney

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    Jack McInerney put himself into contention for Goal of the Year in the 75th minute of Montreal's home win over Houston on a play that put the young forward into shock after scoring. 

    The tricky kick into the back of the net was the second of two goals scored by the forward, who is beginning to catch fire in front of goal. 

    In his last four league games, McInerney has scored on four occasions.

FW: Jermain Defoe

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    Another forward who is on fire at the moment is Jermain Defoe, who scored once in Toronto's 2-2 road draw Friday against New York.

    Defoe scored in the 55th minute off a Dominic Oduro cross, and he set up the second goal by earning a free-kick, which he wanted to take, but Gilberto delivered a moment of brilliance on the set piece instead.

    The Englishman took a total of seven shots at Red Bull Arena, which brings his season total up to 29; eight of those have been converted into goals.

Bench

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    GK: Jaime Penedo (LA)

    LB: Bernardo Anor (Columbus) 

    CB: Chris Schuler (Real Salt Lake) 

    RB: Marvell Wynne (Colorado) 

    CM: Gonzalo Pineda (Seattle) 

    FW: Erick Torres (Chivas USA) 

    FW: Gyasi Zardes (LA) 

     

    Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90.

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

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