MLS Team of the Week for Matches from September 5-7

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2014

MLS Team of the Week for Matches from September 5-7

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    After a quiet weekend of play, the scorers of Major League Soccer came to play in Week 26, as six players netted a brace in games across North America. 

    From Friday's blowout win by LA at StubHub Center to the crazy six-goal thriller in Portland, plenty of stars were able to find the back of the net with ease. 

    With that in mind, we opted to shape our MLS Team of the Week in a 4-3-3 to fit in as many attack-minded players as possible.

    Continue reading on to see who was good enough to make the latest MLS Team of the Week. 

GK: Zac MacMath, Philadelphia

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    Philadelphia keeper Zac MacMath has been put in a difficult situation lately after the acquisition of Algerian World Cup star Rais MBolhi. 

    With MBolhi out on international duty, MacMath stepped up to record two clean sheets in four days against Toronto FC.

    MacMath made three saves in each game, and he was able to help lift the Union into fifth place in the Eastern Conference. 

RB: Sheanon Williams, Philadelphia

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    Sheanon Williams helped provide his teammates with two goals at BMO Field Saturday.

    The right-back made a sneaky run into the box in the eighth minute to chip in a cross for Conor Casey, who proceeded to head home the first Union goal. 

    In the 44th minute, Williams used his head to volley the ball over to Andrew Wenger, who beat Joe Bendik for the second Philadelphia goal. 

    The pair of assists put the defender's season total at three. 

CB: Jose Goncalves, New England

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    Jose Goncalves rarely finds his name and offense put in the same discussion, but the New England center-back was responsible for starting both Revolution goals Sunday night. 

    In the 41st minute, Goncalves chased down an errant corner, kept it in play and passed to Lee Nguyen, who found Diego Fagundez at the far post. 

    Goncalves, who also made five effective clearances in the back, took the ball off the feet of Sanna Nyassi in the 60th minute to start the build-up to Charlie Davies' game-winning goal. 

    Although he was only credited with one assist, the Revolution wouldn't have scored those goals without the efforts of the 28-year-old. 

CB: Kendall Waston, Vancouver

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    In the only scoreless game of the weekend, Kendall Waston had a massive game at the back for Vancouver. 

    In his third appearance, and second start, for the Whitecaps, the large Costa Rican made 17 effective clearances against a D.C. attack that failed to break the defensive wall put up by Waston. 

    The towering center-back also won six aerial duels at BC Place Saturday night. 

LB: Waylon Francis, Columbus

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    In a routine 3-0 win by Columbus over Chivas USA Sunday, Waylon Francis turned in a quality performance at left-back. 

    Francis was a part of a Crew back line that allowed just one shot on goal from the Western Conference bottom-feeders. 

    On the left side, Francis made four interceptions,  had two effective clearances and contributed his fourth assist of the season on the first Crew goal scored by Justin Meram. 

RM: Baggio Husidic, LA

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    In the 6-0 romp by LA over Colorado, Baggio Husidic doubled his 2014 goal total.

    Husidic was responsible for the second and sixth goals scored by the Galaxy over a 10-man Rapids side at StubHub Center. 

    The midfielder finished off a great team play in the 30th minute with a shot that rolled into the right corner of the net, and he knocked in his fourth of the season off a Landon Donovan assist in the 86th minute. 

CM: Jermaine Jones, New England

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    It's safe to say Jermaine Jones has already made a major impact on the play of the Revolution in three games. 

    Jones was handed a start in the middle of the park against Chicago, and he dominated the midfield for the duration of the 2-1 victory.

    The United States international contributed an assist on the game-winning goal by Charlie Davies, made 108 touches and won six aerial duels against a desperate Chicago side. 

LM: Landon Donovan, LA

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    Landon Donovan played a part in four of the six Galaxy goals Friday night at StubHub Center.

    Donovan netted twice from the spot to move his season total to nine, and he provided two assists to extend his league lead, which now stands at 14. 

    The player, who will retire at the end of the season, assisted on goals by Gyasi Zardes and Baggio Husidic, and beat Clint Irwin in the fifth and 47th minutes. 

FW: Gyasi Zardes, LA

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    Gyasi Zardes was one of three Galaxy players to find the back of the net twice in the win over the Rapids. 

    The top-scoring American in the league made a twisting run in first-half stoppage time to score his 13th goal of the season, and then he rose above the defense to beat Clint Irwin in the 75th minute. 

    The brace was the second consecutive one for the young forward, who is full of confidence at the moment. 

FW: Giles Barnes, Houston

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    In Houston's 3-2 victory over Montreal, Giles Barnes opened the scoring at BBVA Compass Stadium and provided a crucial equalizer. 

    In the 30th minute, Barnes picked up the ball and split a pair of defenders to beat Evan Bush for his first goal since July 19. 

    With his side down a goal, the Englishman scored his second of the match in the 62nd minute, as his first touch off an Omar Cummings cross bounced into the net. 

FW: Chris Wondolowski, San Jose

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    Chris Wondolowski extended his scoring tear into September, as he scored on two occasions in San Jose's 3-3 draw with Portland. 

    The Earthquakes forward cleaned up a mess in the box in the 21st minute before he pounded home a free header in the 85th minute. 

    On the other San Jose goal, Wondolowski was awarded an assist for a pass that fell to the feet of Cordell Cato. 


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    GK: Jon Busch (San Jose) 

    RB: Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake)

    CB: Maurice Edu (Philadelphia) 

    CM: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) 

    LM: Justin Meram (Columbus)

    LM: Diego Valeri (Portland)

    FW: Thierry Henry (New York) 

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