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MLS Team of the Week: Offensive Stars Shine in Week 20

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2014

MLS Team of the Week: Offensive Stars Shine in Week 20

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    The 20th week of play in Major League Soccer saw seven games played across five days, and in most of those matchups, offense reigned supreme.

    Only one team, Colorado, recorded a clean sheet in a week that averaged four goals per game.

    Thanks to the attacking breakout, our MLS Team of the Week is set up in a 4-3-1-2 to cram as many attack-minded players into the best 11 as possible.

    Continue reading on to see which players were named to the list of the week's best performers.

GK: Raul Fernandez, FC Dallas

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    It wasn't a great weekend for goalkeepers across MLS, but Raul Fernandez did stand out in the waning moments of FC Dallas' 2-2 draw with Vancouver.

    On two occasions, Fernandez denied Pedro Morales from putting the Whitecaps ahead late at BC Place to preserve an important point.

    The two denials of the Chilean playmaker put Fernandez's save total at seven for the match.

RB: Chris Klute, Colorado

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    Chris Klute helped shut down Chivas USA Friday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park by holding Erick Torres to just two shots.

    The 24-year-old American led Colorado with seven effective clearances and two interceptions in the 3-0 win.

CB: Drew Moor, Colorado

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    Drew Moor contributed a goal and a solid defensive effort in Colorado's 3-0 win over Chivas USA.

    Moor scored his first goal since May 17 with his head in the 26th minute of the big home win by the Rapids.

    The center back also had four effective clearances and two interceptions in his side's eighth win of the year.

CB: Michael Parkhurst, Columbus

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    Michael Parkhurst's return to Gillette Stadium was a stellar one, as he shut down the Revolution attack in the Crew's 2-1 win.

    The 30-year-old, who played for New England from 2005 to 2008 before going overseas, made nine effective clearances to help his team earn its second consecutive victory.

LB: Chris Wingert, Real Salt Lake

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    Chris Wingert's movement in attack helped open up Montreal's back four in Real Salt Lake's 3-1 win Thursday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

    Wingert delivered four key passes from his left back position, and he completed 85 percent of his 61 attempted passes.

RM: Dominic Oduro, Toronto FC

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    Dominic Oduro was an absolute menace on the right wing to the usually efficient Sporting Kansas City defense Saturday night at BMO Field.

    The winger was responsible for creating Toronto's lone goal in the 2-1 loss with a brilliant pass to Jackson, who then eluded Andy Gruenebaum to slot home his shot.

    Oduro made four key passes in the 2-1 loss to the defending MLS Cup champions, and he recorded the second-most touches on his team with 55.

CM: Gershon Koffie, Vancouver

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    Gershon Koffie handed us the best assist of the week in the 11th minute of Vancouver's draw with FC Dallas.

    Koffie's through ball to the feet of Darren Mattocks split a pair of defenders, and it allowed the forward to beat Fernandez for the first goal of the match.

    On the defensive side of the ball, Koffie made six tackles and three effective clearances.

LM: Graham Zusi, Sporting KC

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    In Sporting Kansas City's 11th win of the season, Graham Zusi scored his first goal since March 29.

    Zusi cleaned up a mess in the box in the 48th minute to hand Sporting its first goal of the 2-1 victory over Toronto.

    On the left wing, the United States international won four aerial duels and made four key passes.

CAM: Pedro Morales, Vancouver

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    Pedro Morales had one of the best games for an attacking player all season by taking 12 shots and making 110 touches for the Whitecaps.

    The Chilean designated player had five shots on target and six key passes to make his stat line look even more ridiculous.

    Morales also scored the game-tying goal in the 53rd minute from the spot for the fifth-place team in the Western Conference.

FW: Chris Wondolowski, San Jose

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    Chris Wondolowski was on fire up front against Chicago in San Jose's 5-1 win Wednesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.

    The United States international scored in the 62nd minute, as he was able to outsmart Jhon Kennedy Hurtado on his run in the box.

    Wondolowski also assisted on Cordell Cato's 84th-minute goal to go along with his five shots and four key passes.

FW: Olmes Garcia, Real Salt Lake

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    In the rare Thursday night game in MLS, Olmes Garcia came off the bench to provide Real Salt Lake with a brace in the club's win over Montreal.

    Eleven minutes after entering the match for Robbie Findley, Garcia rose above everyone else in the box to nod home his first goal of the season.

    To finish the game off, Garcia delivered his second strike of 2014 past Impact keeper Evan Bush in second-half stoppage time.

Bench

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    GK: Andy Gruenebaum (Sporting KC)

    CB: A.J. Soares (New England)

    RM: Diego Valeri (Portland)

    CAM: Yannick Djalo (San Jose)

    CAM: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)

    LM: Darlington Nagbe (Portland)

    FW: Blas Perez (FC Dallas)

     

    Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90.

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

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