MLS Team of the Week: Dwyer, Villa, Pontius, Wenger Headline Week 2's Best XI

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 14, 2016

MLS Team of the Week: Dwyer, Villa, Pontius, Wenger Headline Week 2's Best XI

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    The second week of action in Major League Soccer exemplified all the qualities that make the league so unique. 

    Saturday's wacky line of results featured a 5-0 thumping by the Houston Dynamo over rival FC Dallas, Philadelphia's first-ever victory in Columbus and Colorado's late win over the LA Galaxy.

    The trend continued on Sunday as the San Jose Earthquakes downed 2015 MLS Cup champion Portland at Avaya Stadium to close out the 10-game weekend slate. 

    It comes as no surprise that the majority of the players who feature in our MLS Team of the Week were involved in the Week 2 upsets. 

    From a trio of two-goal scorers to a pair of a surprising performances from two unlikely defenders, our best XI has it all this week. 

    Continue reading to see which 11 players were named in our MLS Team of the Week.

GK: Andre Blake, Philadelphia Union

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    Over the last two weeks, we've seen why Andre Blake was worth trading up for in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. 

    The Jamaica international, who is finally getting his chance to start in goal after all the nonsense at the position since his arrival, made a few key denials in the closing stages of the Union's 2-1 win over the Crew. 

    Blake's best saves came in the 83rd and 89th minutes as he kept out Justin Meram on both occasions. The six-save showing from the 25-year-old helped Philadelphia earn its first-ever win at Mapfre Stadium.

RB: Mekeil Williams, Colorado Rapids

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    The Colorado Rapids made headlines on Saturday night with a late game-winner from Marco Pappa, but Pablo Mastroeni's side wouldn't have reached that point in the match without its defending.

    One of the standout stars on the back line for Colorado was 25-year-old Mekeil Williams, who limited Gyasi Zardes to one shot on target on 43 touches. 

    Williams made five interceptions and three tackles on the way to helping the Rapids earn an important clean sheet at home against LA Galaxy.

CB: Victor Cabrera, Montreal Impact

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    The Montreal Impact also turned in an impressive defensive performance on Saturday as they held the New York Red Bulls to three shots on target. 

    We could've picked either Montreal center-back for our Team of the Week, but we opted for Victor Cabrera, who shined next to Laurent Ciman. 

    The 23-year-old defender recorded six tackles, five interceptions and three clearances, and he kept Bradley Wright-Phillips quiet for a good amount of the contest.

CB: David Horst, Houston Dynamo

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    Houston set the tone early at BBVA Compass Stadium by way of a sixth-minute goal from center-back David Horst. 

    The 30-year-old defender cut in front of a defender in the middle of the box and latched onto Andrew Wenger's superb cross from the right wing. 

    The Dynamo ended up scoring on four more occasions in the 5-0 win, and Horst helped the Houston back line record a surprise clean sheet against the dynamic FC Dallas attack.

LB: Fabinho, Philadelphia Union

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    One of the main reasons Philadelphia held off the attacking threat of the Crew on Saturday was the play of left-back Fabinho. 

    The 30-year-old Brazilian defender made six clearances, six interceptions and five tackles against Columbus winger Ethan Finlay. 

    Finlay was limited to 34 touches, which was tied for the lowest total of any Columbus player with Kei Kamara.

RM: Andrew Wenger, Houston Dynamo

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    Wenger was just getting started when he launched his cross onto the head of Horst in the sixth minute. 

    The former Philadelphia and Montreal man contributed to a total of three goals in Houston's rout of FC Dallas in the Texas Derby. 

    In addition to providing Horst with a beautiful cross on the opener, Wenger assisted on Ricardo Clark's 23rd-minute strike and found the back of the net himself in the 27th minute.

CM: Marcelo Sarvas, D.C. United

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    Believe it or not, there was an individual showing worth talking about from the dull scoreless draw between D.C. United and the New England Revolution.

    D.C.'s Marcelo Sarvas put together a solid performance in midfield against the fast-paced New England attack. The offseason acquisition from the Rapids was a nuisance in the middle of the park as he made 11 tackles and five interceptions at Gillette Stadium. 

    The 0-0 match between the two Eastern Conference sides was the first game this season without a goal.

CM: Sunday Stephen Obayan, Real Salt Lake

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    Offseason acquisition Sunday Stephen Obayan bagged the first of two headed goals scored by Real Salt Lake in their 2-1 win over Seattle at Rio Tinto Stadium. 

    The 27-year-old midfielder leveled the contest at 1-1 in the 43rd minute as he sent a wonderful header into the top-right corner of the net. 

    The defensive-minded Sunny also produced a strong defensive day as he made four tackles and helped hold the Sounders to three shots on target.

LM: Chris Pontius, Philadelphia Union

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    Chris Pontius netted his first two goals in a Union shirt in the shock victory over the Crew at Mapfre Stadium. 

    The former D.C. United man put the Union ahead right before half-time with a tap in off a long throw. In the 71st minute, Pontius rushed over to a loose ball and slotted home his second tally of the night. 

    The brace was the first for the 28-year-old midfielder since June 24, 2012, when he scored a pair for D.C. against the New York Red Bulls.

FW: Dom Dwyer, Sporting Kansas City

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    Dom Dwyer started Sporting Kansas City's home opener with a bang as he unleashed a rocket of a shot into the net in fifth minute of the 2-1 win over Vancouver. 

    The 25-year-old secured his first brace of the 2016 campaign in the 41st minute as he tapped in a pass from Chance Myers from the left side of the box. 

    The two goals were part of an eight-shot night for Dwyer, who put half of his attempts on target at Children's Mercy Park.

FW: David Villa, New York City FC

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    David Villa became the third player to find the back of the net on two occasions in Week 2 with a brace in New York City FC's 2-2 draw with Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium. 

    The Spaniard opened the scoring in NYCFC's home opener in the 24th minute with a penalty that was sent into the left side of the net. 

    Four minutes later, Villa handed the hosts a two-goal advantage as he fended off a Toronto player and cleaned up the mess following an Andrea Pirlo free-kick.

    Unfortunately for NYCFC, they conceded once before half-time and again in the 76th minute, and were forced to settle for a draw.

Bench

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    GK: Brian Rowe (LA Galaxy) 

    CB: Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes) 

    CB: Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake) 

    CM: Calum Mallace (Montreal Impact) 

    LM: Marco Pappa (Colorado Rapids) 

    FW: Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)

    FW: Quincy Amarikwa (San Jose Earthquakes) 

     

    Joe Tansey covers MLS for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter, @JTansey90.

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