MLS Team of the Week: Chicago Defensive Trio Stand out in Goal-Filled Weekend
The biggest headline out of Major League Soccer this weekend was the offensive firepower that Saturday night produced, with 26 goals across seven games.
Although the attack play of many teams stole the spotlight, it was the defensive play of Chicago that earned three players the honor of being included into the MLS Team of the Week.
To go along with the Chicago defensive trio, a few of the league's biggest attacking names are also included in the basic 4-4-2 setup.
Continue reading on to see which 11 players made our latest MLS Team of the Week.
GK: Sean Johnson
Sean Johnson was one of three keepers to record a clean sheet in Week 18.
Johnson made seven saves, one of which was a crucial denial in the 86th minute on Chris Tierney's penalty.
One of the many contenders for a 2015 Gold Cup roster spot for the United States also came up big in the 60th minute, when he deflected away a Tierney free-kick attempt.
RB: Lovel Palmer
Lovel Palmer was a crucial part of the Fire's 1-0 victory over New England Saturday night, as he put in a solid defensive effort.
The 29-year-old Jamaican made seven effective clearances, five interceptions and three tackles on his way to shutting down the Revolution attack at Gillette Stadium.
CB: Bakary Soumare
Another important asset to the Chicago clean sheet was the play of center back Bakary Soumare.
Soumare helped thwart the dangerous Revolution attack to the best of his abilities with six tackles, four interceptions and three effective clearances.
The 28-year-old also won a team-high five aerial duels in the Fire's third win of the season.
CB: Tommy Meyer
With Omar Gonzalez still out of the Galaxy lineup, Tommy Meyer once again stepped up and provided a strong defensive performance.
Meyer, along with A.J. DeLaGarza in the center of defense, held a potent Real Salt Lake attack scoreless at the StubHub Center.
He made nine effective clearances, three tackles and an interception in his team's sixth win of the 2014 campaign.
LB: Chris Korb
During the frantic finish Friday night at Buck Shaw Stadium, Chris Korb came up big for D.C. United to preserve the club's 2-1 victory.
In the 91st minute, Korb jumped in front of a Shea Salinas shot after Bill Hamid denied Alan Gordon at the right post.
Korb was also effective on the offensive side of the ball against a wretched San Jose back line.
RM: Lloyd Sam
Lloyd Sam was extremely active in New York's 4-1 whooping of Columbus Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.
Sam booted home his second goal of the season in the 56th minute after receiving an assist from Thierry Henry.
He also hit the woodwork in the 76th minute on a prospective chip from the right side of the box.
CM: Kyle Beckerman
Kyle Beckerman made himself known at the World Cup for his defensive prowess, but it was offensive skills that shined the brightest Saturday night.
In his team's 1-0 loss to the Galaxy, Beckerman was constantly in front of the LA goal searching for an equalizer.
Beckerman took a total of four shots, and he also made six interceptions and three tackles when dropping back in the midfield.
CM: Jonathan Osorio
Jonathan Osorio took advantage of an error by Houston keeper Tally Hall to score Toronto's first goal, and then he contributed on Jermain Defoe's first strike in the 63rd minute of the Reds' 4-2 victory.
Osorio became the beneficiary of Hall's blunder in the 39th minute, and, once he saw the Houston keeper's miscue, he pounced with his head.
He then fed Defoe from the center of the pitch to set up the first of the Englishman's two goals in the second half.
LM: Brad Davis
The first 30 minutes of Houston's 4-2 loss to Toronto belonged to Brad Davis.
Davis had plenty of time in the 13th minute to get the ball on his preferred left foot to beat Joe Bendik, and he used the same foot to fire home from short distance in the 30th minute.
The brace doubled the midfielder's goal total, and it marked the third time he has scored since returning from Brazil.
FW: Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry was on fire in New York's 4-1 win Saturday, with a goal and three assists.
With his superb performance at Red Bull Arena, Henry jumped into the league lead in assists with nine.
The goal was just his fourth of the season and his first since April 23 against Houston.
FW: Dom Dwyer
There's just something about Dom Dwyer playing against the Montreal Impact.
For the third time this season, the Englishman scored a brace against the last-place team in the Eastern Conference. This time he had goals in the fourth and 89th minutes.
In those three clashes with Montreal, Sporting Kansas City have outscored the Eastern Conference bottom-feeders, 9-1.
GK: Bill Hamid (D.C.)
CB: Matt Besler (Sporting KC)
RM: Lamar Neagle (Seattle)
CM: Cristian Maidana (Philadelphia)
CM: Mauro Rosales (Chivas USA)
LM: Marco Pappa (Seattle)
FW: Jermain Defoe (Toronto)
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