MLS Team of the Week: Players from 10 Different Teams Star in Week 16
In a weekend that caught attention for the return of a few United States internationals, a few other Americans helped steal the spotlight, as well as one Englishman who can't stop scoring.
There were also a few strong performances from players that have come from Honduras, Argentina and Canada, which helped display the diversity of Major League Soccer's player pool.
This week's team has molded itself into a 4-3-1-2 because of the attacking prowess of one of the league's best attacking midfielders.
Continue reading on to see which players earned a spot in the latest MLS Team of the Week.
GK: Clint Irwin
Clint Irwin's strong play in net for the Rapids continued Friday in the 1-1 draw with the Crew.
The 25-year-old saved seven of the eight shots by the Crew, but the goal was not his fault as Dillon Powers and Jared Watts committed defensive errors to hand Ethan Finlay a chance to beat Irwin.
RB: Donny Toia
At just 22, Donny Toia is beginning to make his mark on the league at right-back for Chivas USA.
Toia has improved in each of his 10 starts, and he showed that progress against Montreal with seven effective clearances and six tackles in the 1-0 victory by the Goats.
CB: Johnny Leveron
In his sixth start of the season, Johnny Leveron had a very solid game in Vancouver's Cascadia Cup battle with Seattle.
Leveron blocked four shots, and made 13 effective clearances, in the second victory of the three-team cup competition for the Whitecaps in 2014.
CB: Carlos Bocanegra
Former United States captain Carlos Bocanegra has been a part of a Chivas USA defense that has earned three consecutive clean sheets.
On Wednesday, Bocanegra helped thwart the aerial threat posed by the Earthquakes by winning four aerial duels.
He then followed up that performance with a shut down of the Impact offense at home Saturday with four effective clearances, three tackles and three interceptions.
LB: Jorge Villafana
The hustle of Jorge Villafana was rewarded in the 70th minute of Portland's road game at the StubHub Center against LA, as the left-back scored the team's second goal.
After his initial cross from the left was deflected, Villafana remained active in the box to knock home a shot past Jaime Penedo that looked to be the game-winner, until a late own goal by Rauwshan McKenzie cost Portland all three points on the road.
RM: Nick DeLeon
Nick DeLeon led D.C. United to their eighth win of the season Saturday over Toronto FC.
The midfielder opened the scoring in the 54th minute, when he fended off a few Toronto defenders to strike the right side of the net.
DeLeon also played a big role in the defensive effort with four tackles and two interceptions on the right side of midfield.
CM: Marcelo Sarvas
In the hectic 2-2 draw between the Galaxy and Timbers Friday night, Marcelo Sarvas was a force in the middle of the pitch for the hosts.
Sarvas scored the first goal of the match in the 65th minute, and he made two tackles and a key pass in the sixth draw of the season for the Galaxy.
In two starts this week, Jackson provided an impact in the Toronto FC attack against both Chicago and D.C.
The 26-year-old scored his second goal of the season Wednesday in the 1-1 draw with the Fire, and he completed 89 percent of his passes against D.C. United.
In his 167 minutes of play over the span of four days, the Brazilian totaled six shots for the Reds.
CAM: Javier Morales
Just like he has been all season long, Javier Morales was extremely active in the attacking third for Real Salt Lake.
In the Claret and Cobalt's 2-1 win over New England, Morales touched the ball 102 times, and he made five key passes.
Morales also scored the first of RSL's two goals from the spot in the 35th minute.
FW: Bradley Wright-Phillips
Bradley Wright-Phillips didn't need a ton of space to create both of New York's goals in the 2-2 draw with Houston.
The Golden Boot leader struck with his first touch in the 13th minute after receiving a pass from Eric Alexander, and he scored on a header in the 72nd minute off a cross sent in by Ambroise Oyongo.
FW: Tesho Akindele
Tesho Akindele is quickly inserting his name into the Rookie of the Year discussion.
The sixth-overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft struck the back of the net with a volley in the 26th minute of FC Dallas' 2-1 win over Philadelphia Friday.
The goal was the second of the season for the 22-year-old, who has made an impact on the FC Dallas attack over the last two months.
GK: Sean Johnson (Chicago)
LB: Ambroise Oyongo (New York)
CB: Chris Schuler (Real Salt Lake)
RM: Sebastian Fernandez (Vancouver)
CM: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
FW: Erick Torres (Chivas USA)
FW: Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC)
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