MLS Team of the Week: San Jose Trio Star in Shutout Win

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistAugust 4, 2014

MLS Team of the Week: San Jose Trio Star in Shutout Win

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    One of the biggest headlines entering this weekend's play in Major League Soccer was the opening of Levi's Stadium.

    The San Jose Earthquakes hosted the Seattle Sounders on the new home field of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers and won 1-0. 

    In that victory, a few players caught our attention and landed in the latest MLS Team of the Week. 

    Continue reading on to see which three San Jose players headlined the best XI from the weekend's action.

GK: Jon Busch, San Jose

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    Jon Busch helped christen Levi's Stadium by keeping a clean sheet in San Jose's 1-0 win over Seattle. 

    The 37-year-old made eight saves, which was his highest total since June 29, 2013, in the sixth victory of the season for the Earthquakes. 

    The win also boosted the Quakes out of last place in the Western Conference.

RB: Shaun Francis, San Jose

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    Shutting down Marco Pappa has been no easy task over the last two months, but Shaun Francis was able to solve the riddle Saturday night for the Earthquakes. 

    Francis held the Guatemalan winger to just two shots, both of which were off-target, in San Jose's 1-0 win over the Western Conference leaders. 

    The 27-year-old led his team in tackles and interceptions with five in each category.

CB: Nat Borchers, Real Salt Lake

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    Down a man for most of the second half, Real Salt Lake needed a strong defensive performance against Colorado, and Nat Borchers delivered that. 

    Borchers commanded his part of the pitch in the Claret and Cobalt's 1-0 win that handed them the Rocky Mountain Cup for the seventh time in eight years.  

    In RSL's first shutout since May 24, Borchers made 11 effective clearances, four tackles and three interceptions.

CB: Doneil Henry, Toronto FC

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    Toronto FC had a fairly easy time dealing with Montreal Saturday night thanks to the exploits of Doneil Henry. 

    Henry filled up every defensive stat category with seven effective clearances, six interceptions and two tackles. 

    To add to that impressive line, Henry won two aerial duels and completed 83 percent of his passes as well.

LB: Robbie Rogers, LA

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    The shift to left back for Robbie Rogers has benefited the player and the Galaxy greatly in the last few weeks, including in the 3-1 win over Portland.

    Rogers delivered his second assist of the season to Gyasi Zardes in the 45th minute to open the Galaxy's scoring account Saturday afternoon at the StubHub Center. 

    The 27-year-old also stood out in the passing department by completing 95 percent of his 59 attempted passes.

RM: Antonio Dovale, Sporting Kansas City

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    Although Sporting Kansas City did not earn the full three points against Philadelphia at home, Antonio Dovale put in a strong shift on the right. 

    On the lone goal by the hosts, Dovale brought the ball down on his left foot and dished it over to Graham Zusi, who put the ball past Zac MacMath. 

    In his 69 minutes on the pitch, Dovale made three key passes and completed 83 percent of his passes.

CM: Gonzalo Pineda, Seattle

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    Despite losing for the second time in six days to a team from California, Seattle did see some of its players give it all in search of a point at Levi's Stadium.

    Gonzalo Pineda was an absolute workhorse in the middle of the park with three key passes, three shots and a team-high 86 touches.

CM: Dax McCarty, New York

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    Dax McCarty delivered the best goal of the weekend with his sultry chip over the New England defense in the 47th minute. 

    McCarty was able to score his second goal of the season because of his ability to see how far away the back four were from the goal. 

    After he recognized that lapse in the defense, all he had to do was chip the ball over the head of Bobby Shuttleworth.

LM: Landon Donovan, LA

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    In LA's dominant win over Portland, Landon Donovan was all over the place looking to distribute the ball to his teammates. 

    Donovan recorded his third assist in the span of a week against a side from Cascadia on Robbie Keane's 73rd-minute goal.

    The Galaxy playmaker made eight key passes and had 94 touches in his side's 3-1 victory.

FW: Will Bruin, Houston

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    Will Bruin may not have scored the most difficult of goals to hand Houston a 1-0 win over D.C. United, but it was a nice conclusion to his night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

    Bruin's tap-in after a defensive lapse by D.C. was his fifth shot of the game, which was his highest shot total since June 6 against Sporting Kansas City.

FW: Chris Wondolowski, San Jose

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    We all know about Chris Wondolowski's attacking prowess, but it was his defensive contribution that earned him a spot here this week.

    Wondolowski headed Chad Barrett's shot off the line in the 85th minute to preserve San Jose's win at Levi's Stadium.

    The United States international also played a role in the lone goal of the match, as he provided Yannick Djalo with an assist in the 42nd minute.

Bench

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    GK: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 

    CB: Omar Gonzalez (LA)

    LB: Ray Gaddis (Philadelphia) 

    RM: Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas) 

    RM: Lloyd Sam (New York) 

    FW: Deshorn Brown (Colorado) 

    FW: Charlie Davies (New England) 

     

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