MLS Best XI from Wednesday's Action: D.C. Quartet Lead Way After Home Win

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJuly 31, 2014

MLS Best XI from Wednesday's Action: D.C. Quartet Lead Way After Home Win

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    Following a week that saw 31 goals over eight games, Wednesday's action in Major League Soccer saw the goal count drop a bit in four games. 

    Only eight goals were scored with three each coming from D.C. United and the New England Revolution.

    Thanks to its big win at home against Toronto, D.C. put four players into the best XI from Wednesday's games.

    Continue reading on to see who joined the D.C. quartet in Wednesday's best XI. 

GK: Bill Hamid, D.C. United

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    One of four keepers to hold a clean sheet during Wednesday's action was D.C. United's Bill Hamid. 

    The United States international, who recently eclipsed 100 appearances, made eight saves to help preserve the Black and Red's 3-0 win over Toronto at RFK Stadium. 

RB: Andrew Farrell, New England

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    Andrew Farrell and the New England back four finally put in a performance worth bragging about after weeks of terrible play. 

    Farrell was a force at right back with six effective clearances, two tackles and a win in two aerial duels. 

    The Louisville product was also the most active Revolution player Wednesday night with 80 touches. 

CB: Jeff Larentowicz, Chicago

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    In a move that sparked further speculation about a certain United States central midfielder coming to Chicago, Jeff Larentowicz stepped back to center-back against Vancouver. 

    Larentowicz did a solid job on the back line with 11 effective clearances, and a blocked shot, in the 0-0 draw at Toyota Park. 

CB: Jamison Olave, New York

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    In his return to Rio Tinto Stadium, Jamison Olave helped New York earn a valuable point on the road. 

    Olave made nine effective clearances, and blocked three shots, in his first game in Utah since he left Real Salt Lake after the 2012 season for the Red Bulls. 

    The only bad part about his game was this little incident with Olmes Garcia in the 79th minute. 

LB: Chris Wingert, Real Salt Lake

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    In the 18th minute of Real Salt Lake's draw with New York, Chris Wingert notched his second assist of the season on a goal scored by Joao Plata. 

    The left back, who had only three assists in the last three seasons, also contributed a tackle and an interception on the defensive side of the ball. 

RM: Nick DeLeon, D.C. United

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    Nick DeLeon may not have been the best player on the pitch for D.C., but he was one of the few productive right-sided midfielders Wednesday night. 

    DeLeon completed 86 percent of his passes for a dangerous D.C. side, while also making two interceptions while tracking back on defense. 

CM: Kelyn Rowe, New England

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    Kelyn Rowe played an instrumental role in New England's 3-0 win over Colorado, a win which snapped the club's eight-game losing streak. 

    Rowe made a team-high three key passes from the middle of the pitch, and he scored an insurance goal in the 78th minute to finally open his scoring account for 2014. 

CM: Lee Nguyen, New England

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    Lee Nguyen really should've been credited with two goals in the Revolution's home victory, but one has to think he will be okay with one since New England finally broke its losing streak. 

    Nguyen forced an own goal by Drew Moor in the 10th minute before he snapped a free-kick in the upper-left part of the goal in the 75th minute. 

    The star midfielder completed 84 percent of his passes, and made 70 touches, at Gillette Stadium.

LM: Chris Rolfe, D.C. United

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    Chris Rolfe may have scored the second of three D.C. goals at RFK Stadium, but it was his attempt that just missed that caught the attention of many. 

    Rolfe soared above Warren Creavalle in the 31st minute to create a chance that no one saw coming, especially from the air. 

    The 31-year-old also completed 87 percent of his passes on the left side of midfield. 

FW: Eddie Johnson, D.C. United

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    Eddie Johnson extended his scoring streak to three games in D.C's win over Toronto. 

    Johnson scored on a tremendous snap-down header in the eighth minute to hand his side an early lead in front of the home crowd. 

    The United States international made three key passes and won an impressive nine aerial duels. 

FW: Thierry Henry, New York

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    It turns out this Thierry Henry guy can score a few stellar goals even at his old age. 

    Henry delivered the Red Bulls with their lone goal of the 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake in the 57th minute on a laser into the bottom right corner. 

    It only took a second or two for Henry to open his body up in the direction of the shot before he beat Nick Rimando. 


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