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MLS Team of the Week: Real Salt Lake Trio Shine on Historic Night

Joe TanseyFeatured Columnist IVOctober 9, 2016

MLS Team of the Week: Real Salt Lake Trio Shine on Historic Night

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    The play in Major League Soccer this weekend was focused on one league legend in pursuit of a record. 

    After searching for the all-time shutout record all season, Nick Rimando earned it in a dominant win by Real Salt Lake over D.C. United. 

    The performances by two of Rimando's teammates were good enough to join the keeper in the latest edition of the MLS Team of the Week. 

    Due to plenty of solid center back showings, and some less than stellar fullback performances, the team is set up in a 3-4-1-2 formation to bring in an extra midfielder and central defender. 

    Continue reading on to see who fit into the best XI from this weekend's MLS play. 

GK: Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake

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    It may not have been the busiest night in goal for Nick Rimando, but he did pick up a very important shutout against D.C. United. 

    Rimando's clean sheet against his former side was the 113th of his career, which broke the previous record held by Kevin Hartman. 

    The best denial of the night from the Wall of the Wasatch came in the 70th minute, when he leaped at the near post to stop an Eddie Johnson attempt on goal.

CB: Liam Ridgewell, Portland

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    Liam Ridgewell's influence on the Portland back line grew more Saturday night in the 2-0 win by the Timbers over Chivas USA. 

    The former Birmingham City and West Brom player made 14 effective clearances to deny the Goats of putting a goal past Donovan Ricketts in the Portland net. 

    The 30-year-old designated player completed 80 percent of his 40 passes out of the back and won three aerial duels.

CB: Chris Schuler, Real Salt Lake

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    Chris Schuler scored his first two goals of the season in RSL's big home win over D.C. United. 

    The center back used his feet, and his head, to place the ball into the same part of the net. 

    In the 13th minute, Schuler tapped in a cross from Javier Morales, while he finished off a Morales corner in the 24th minute with his noggin. 

CB: Matt Hedges, FC Dallas

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    FC Dallas center back Matt Hedges did score his third goal of the season Saturday night, but his defensive contributions meant more to his side in the 3-1 win over Colorado. 

    Hedges, who cleaned up a mess in the box in the ninth minute to score, made 12 effective clearances, blocked four shots and had four interceptions in a match where the unbeaten run of FC Dallas was extended to eight games.

RM: Stefan Ishizaki, LA Galaxy

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    It is easy to lose track of Stefan Ishizaki's performance for the LA Galaxy because of the stars around him, but he stood out Friday night in his side's 2-2 draw with San Jose. 

    Ishizaki made five key passes, including an assist on Omar Gonzalez's 49th-minute goal, in the always exciting California Clasico game. 

    The Swede had two tackles and a pass accuracy of 83 percent in the Galaxy's seventh draw of the season.

CM: Patrice Bernier, Montreal

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    Despite falling to Philadelphia by a goal, Montreal's Patrice Bernier had a solid game in the center of the midfield. 

    Against an explosive Union attack, Bernier made four interceptions and three tackles to prevent the hosts from taking total control of the game. 

    Bernier was also a standout performer in the passing department, as he completed 92 percent of his 87 attempted passes.

CM: Ned Grabavoy, Real Salt Lake

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    Ned Grabavoy dominated the middle of the park for Real Salt Lake in the three-goal victory over D.C. 

    The midfielder recorded four key passes, completed 91 percent of his passes and made 64 touches in his 88 minutes on the pitch at Rio Tinto Stadium. 

    As an added bonus to his stat line, Grabavoy took two shots, which were his first since July 24. 

LM: Jonathan Osorio, Toronto FC

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    In the five-goal thriller in Columbus, Jonathan Osorio was responsible for scoring the second Toronto goal. 

    Osorio knocked home his second goal of the season in the 59th minute to hand the Reds a lead at that point in the game. 

    On the left side of the pitch, the 22-year-old made a key pass and made 55 touches, which was the fourth-highest total for any Toronto player.

CAM: Pedro Morales, Vancouver

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    With the defending champions in town, Pedro Morales put on a show to hand Vancouver a big victory over Sporting Kansas City. 

    Morales played a part in both goals scored by the Whitecaps, as he notched one assist and caused an own goal. 

    His long pass in the 17th minute forced Igor Juliao into scoring into his own net, while in the 39th minute, he dumped off a pass for Darren Mattocks to knock home the second Vancouver goal.

FW: Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia

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    Sebastien Le Toux climbed into double digits in the scoring column Saturday night with two goals against Montreal. 

    Le Toux benefited from a calamitous defensive effort by the Impact in the 12th minute before he finished off a pass from Andrew Wenger in the 63rd minute. 

    With the brace, Le Toux earned his third 10-goal season with the Union.

FW: Luke Moore, Toronto

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    It was only fitting that Luke Moore finished off Toronto's 3-2 win over Columbus Saturday night. 

    Moore, who played a part in the first two goals of the game for the Reds, headed home a corner kick in the 84th minute to hand Ryan Nelsen's side an important three points on the road. 

    The fifth goal of the season by the Englishman helped Toronto gain ground on D.C. in the race for second place in the Eastern Conference, as just five points separate the two sides.

Bench

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    GK: Stefan Frei (Seattle) 

    CB: Johnny Leveron (Vancouver)

    CB: Bakary Soumare (Chicago) 

    RM: Diego Valeri (Portland) 

    RM: Atiba Harris (San Jose) 

    CM: Collen Warner (Toronto)

    FW: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose) 

     

    Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90.

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

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