Picking an MLS Best XI for March
The first month of the 2013 Major League Soccer season is in the books. It was an exciting month, with the league’s first ever “Rivalry Week” and with clubs like Chivas USA and the Montreal Impact exceeding expectations. There were also some thought-to-be title contenders like the Seattle Sounders that got off to a rough start.
Let’s take a look at who makes the league’s best XI for the first month of action.
Goalkeeper: Bill Hamid
Bill Hamid has started 2013 in style and his performance against the New York Red Bulls two weeks ago was one for the books.
Despite a lackluster attack Hamid has kept D.C. United in their games, has won Team of the Week honors in Week 3 and was an Honorable Mention selection in Week 1.
Defender: Matt Hedges
Matt Hedges has helped FC Dallas get off to a fantastic start in 2013 as the team leads the very competitive Western Conference with a 4-1 record.
Partnered with George John (who made the MLS Team of the Week for Week 1) in the center of the FC Dallas defense, Hedges earned Team of the Week honors in Week 4 and earned a spot on the Honorable Mention list for Week 1.
Defender: Bobby Boswell
Bobby Boswell has helped the Houston Dynamo start the 2013 season strong as the Dynamo once again boast one of the league’s best defenses.
Boswell made the MLS Team of the Week in Week 1.
Defender: Matt Besler
Once again the cream of the MLS crop defensively, Sporting Kansas City has only allowed three goals in five games played.
Matt Besler has once again been at the heart of Sporting’s efforts, despite the fact that he missed one Sporting game due to his international duties in March.
Left-Midfield: Mike Magee
Mike Magee is playing like it’s November, with his goal scoring replicating the form he usually saves for the MLS Playoffs.
Magee opened the 2013 campaign with a hat-trick against Chicago and now leads the league with five goals.
He was the league’s Player of the Week in Week 1.
Holding Midfielder: Juninho
Although the New York Red Bulls have gotten off to a rough start in 2013, the play of Juninho in the center of their midfield has been fantastic.
Juninho garnered Honorable Mention honors in Weeks 1 and 4 and put on another strong performance in New York’s first win of the season last weekend against the Philadelphia Union.
Center Midfield: David Ferreira
David Ferreira has been a key part of FC Dallas’ strong opening to the 2013 campaign and he currently leads the league with three assists.
Center Midfield: Federico Higuain
Federico Higuain has been at the heart of the Columbus Crew’s resurgence at the beginning of 2013 and he has earned Honorable Mention status for the MLS Team of the Week in Weeks 1, 2 and 4.
Right-Midfielder: Graham Zusi
Graham Zusi has started 2013 right where he left off in 2012.
In just four games, Zusi already has two goals and two assists and has earned Team of the Week honors in Week 1.
Forward: Robert Earnshaw
There hasn’t been much to be positive about in Toronto over the past two years with Toronto FC, but Robert Earnshaw's playing is a lone bright spot.
Earnshaw is currently second in the league in goals scored with four.
Forward: Marco Di Vaio
One of the surprise teams of the 2013 MLS season so far has been the Montreal Impact. They currently lead the Eastern Conference and Di Vaio has been a big part of their efforts with two game-winning goals to his name. He also has Team of the Week honors in Weeks 3 and 4 and Goal of the Week honors in Week 3.
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