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MLS Team of the Week for Matches from August 22-24

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2014

MLS Team of the Week for Matches from August 22-24

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    If you turned away from a Major League Soccer game for just one second this weekend, you may have missed something. 

    The latest round of MLS action saw all the big stars shine on a weekend when spectacular goals were a regular occurrence. 

    Because of all the terrific attacking performances, our MLS Team of the Week is lined up in a 3-4-3 formation. 

    Continue reading to see which players found their way into the best XI from the weekend's action. 

GK: Bobby Shuttleworth, New England

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    In one of the two one-goal victories this weekend, Bobby Shuttleworth made two big saves to keep a clean sheet for the Revolution. 

    In the 18th minute, he dove to his left to deny Felix Borja, while his sprawling effort in the 72nd minute helped preserve the 1-0 lead over Chivas USA.

CB: Michael Parkhurst, Columbus

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    Despite losing his partner in defense to a transfer earlier in the day, Michael Parkhurst helped Columbus earn a 3-0 win at home over Houston.

    Just like most of his teammates, Parkhurst is on fire at the moment, and he showed off his strong form in the victory at Crew Stadium. 

    Parkhurst made seven effective clearances, but the stat that pops out the most is his 98 percent pass accuracy, which came off 49 passes. 

CB: Steve Birnbaum, D.C.

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    Either player that lined up at center-back for D.C. United Saturday night could have been put in this spot, but we opted for Steve Birnbaum. 

    The second-overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft helped keep the Sporting Kansas City attack at bay with 11 effective clearances, three interceptions and three tackles. 

    The 3-0 road win boosted the Black and Red into first place in the East and second in the Supporters' Shield standings. 

CB: Omar Gonzalez, LA

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    On any another normal weekend in MLS, LA's 2-0 win over Vancouver would have garnered more attention, but instead it flew under the radar. 

    In the victory at StubHub Center, Omar Gonzalez made his presence known at the back with six effective clearances, five interceptions and two tackles. 

    During his side's 11th win of the season, Gonzalez also made 91 touches and won three aerial duels. 

RM: Brad Evans, Seattle

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    Brad Evans got the goalscoring party started for the Sounders in Portland Sunday, when his cross connected with Obafemi Martins in the 18th minute. 

    Evans made two key passes in the 4-2 win over the Timbers, but his biggest contribution came in the air, where he won seven aerial duels. 

CM: Perry Kitchen, D.C.

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    By the time Perry Kitchen's goal hit the back of the net in the 31st minute, D.C. United had already sent the crowd at Sporting Park into shock.

    Kitchen's goal helped seal a major win for D.C., who made a major statement with its road victory. 

    The burgeoning midfield star for the Black and Red contributed three interceptions and two tackles on defense to help preserve the clean sheet. 

CM: Scott Caldwell, New England

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    There were plenty of standout attack-minded performances in the midfield this weekend, but Scott Caldwell was one of the few defense-minded players who made an impact. 

    In the Revolution's 1-0 win over Chivas USA, Caldwell commanded the middle of the park with 103 touches and a pass accuracy of 88 percent. 

    The player who should soon be playing alongside Jermaine Jones for New England made six tackles to stop the Goats from putting together a constant threat in attack. 

LM: Andrew Wenger, Philadelphia

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    Andrew Wenger surprised us all with a two-goal output in Philadelphia's 4-2 win over San Jose.

    Wenger, who lined up on the left side of the 4-2-3-1 put out by interim boss Jim Curtin, cut across the pitch in the 10th minute to get on the end of a Sebastien Le Toux pass. 

    The April acquisition from Montreal laced a shot into the top-right corner for the first Union goal. 

    In the 79th minute, Wenger took a pass from Le Toux near midfield and darted past the defense to slot home his second of the night. 

FW: Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia

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    Sebastien Le Toux played a role in all four Philadelphia goals Sunday night at PPL Park. 

    The Frenchman scored his 11th goal of the season in the 14th minute, but that was an afterthought due to his production as a provider.

    Le Toux found Wenger on two of his assists, and his other came on a free-kick that was nodded in by Sheanon Williams in the 72nd minute. 

FW: Thierry Henry, New York

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    Thierry Henry was involved in three of the four New York goals against Montreal Saturday night. 

    The first strike from the French legend came in the 53rd minute on a ridiculous diving header off an Eric Alexander cross. 

    Henry delivered more brilliance in the 67th minute, when his shot bounced into the right corner of the net past Montreal's Evan Bush.

    He then assisted on the first of two Bradley Wright-Phillips goals in the 74th minute to help seal the New York victory.

FW: Obafemi Martins, Seattle

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    Obafemi Martins was one of two Seattle forwards who caused a bevy of problems to the Portland defense. 

    Martins struck from close range in the 18th minute to open the scoring at Providence Park, and he netted his second of the game in the 76th minute. 

    Martins also dished off an assist to Clint Dempsey, who made one of the runs of the season, on the second Sounders goal. 

Bench

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    GK: Steve Clark (Columbus) 

    CB: Bobby Boswell (D.C.)

    LM: Landon Donovan (LA)

    CM: Lee Nguyen (New England)

    FW: Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York)

    FW: Robbie Keane (LA)

    FW: Clint Dempsey (Seattle) 

     

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    All statistics obtained from MLSSoccer.com and WhoScored.com

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