MLS Team of the Week: New York Trio Stars After Romp of Seattle

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2014

MLS Team of the Week: New York Trio Stars After Romp of Seattle

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    After a major victory at Red Bull Arena, the New York Red Bulls deserved plenty of love in the latest MLS Team of the Week.

    New York has one defender, one midfielder and a star forward in the 4-1-3-2 setup, which allows the team to have one more defensive-minded player. 

    Accompanying the New York trio are a pair from Columbus and a few players that may not have received enough praise over the weekend.

    Continue reading on for a look at who made the MLS Team of the Week. 

GK: Steve Clark, Columbus

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    Six goalkeepers recorded shutouts in Week 28, but none of the six made a more important save than Steve Clark. 

    In the 86th minute, Clark used his fingertips to deny Charlie Davies scoring an equalizer at Crew Stadium.

    Clark also easily pounced on a last-minute New England free-kick to preserve a 1-0 win for Columbus and move the Crew two points ahead of Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. 

RB: Sheanon Williams, Philadelphia

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    The goalless draw between Philadelphia and Houston was not a memorable match, but it did see a few terrific individual performances. 

    The best showing of the night came from Union right-back Sheanon Williams, who shut down the threat of Brad Davis on the left wing. 

    Williams limited the player with the most dangerous left foot in the league to just 44 passes, one accurate long ball and three accurate crosses. 

CB: A.J. Cochran, Houston

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    In the boring offensive struggle at PPL Park, A.J. Cochran played a major role in the back for the Dynamo. 

    The rookie center-back blocked four shots and made two interceptions for a Houston side that is still alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race. 

    Cochran was involved in a controversial tackle in the 85th minute on Vincent Nogueira, but no penalty was called, and his performance was not dampened by that one moment. 

CB: Jamison Olave, New York

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    Jamison Olave was a menacing presence at the back in New York's win over Seattle. 

    The towering center-back made 10 interceptions and nine effective clearances against a Seattle side that fielded a weakened attack for the first 60 minutes of the match. 

    Once the duo of Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey entered the fray at Red Bull Arena, Olave was able to hold them to two shots on target and one goal. 

LB: Robbie Rogers, LA

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    How good was Robbie Rogers against FC Dallas? 

    Good enough for Robbie Keane to give the left-back an endorsement that he should get a call-up from United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann, per LAGalaxy.com's Adam Serrano.

    In the 2-1 victory at StubHub Center, Rogers made six tackes and five interceptions against a speedy FC Dallas attack. 

CDM: Tony Tchani, Columbus

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    Tony Tchani put in his best performance of the year in a big game for the Columbus Crew. 

    Tchani held his ground in a midfield battle with Jermaine Jones, and he even created a few offensive opportunities. 

    His best pass going forward came in the 30th minute when he lofted a pass in for Eric Gehrig, who was denied by Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth. 

    On the defensive side of the ball, Tchani made four tackles and three effective clearances for a defense that held New England to a clean sheet. 

RM: Lloyd Sam, New York

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    Lloyd Sam may not have been credited with a goal or an assist Saturday night, but he did play a major role in setting up the first two New York goals. 

    Sam's pass into Bradley Wright-Phillips in the first minute set up the sequence in which the forward netted the first goal. 

    In the 53rd minute, the Englishman used his speed to get around Dylan Remick, which resulted in a bump from the Seattle defender to earn a penalty. 

LM: Dilly Duka, Montreal

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    To finish off Montreal's 2-0 win over San Jose, Dilly Duka outsmarted Sam Cronin to find the back of the net with his right foot. 

    The goal completed a solid night for the Impact winger, as he did a little bit of everything in front of the home crowd at Stade Saputo.

    Duka completed 91 percent of his passes, made a key pass and had two tackles in Montreal's sixth win of 2014. 

CAM: Diego Valeri, Portland

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    Diego Valeri produced the best goal of the weekend in the 28th minute of Portland's 3-0 win over Vancouver. 

    The designated player volleyed in a cross from Jorge Villafana with his left foot to send the crowd at Providence Park into a massive celebration. 

    Valeri gave Timbers fans more to cheer about in the 66th minute when he sprung Fanendo Adi on a counter for the second Portland goal. 

FW: Quincy Amarikwa, Chicago

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    In the 3-3 draw with D.C. United at Toyota Park, Quincy Amarikwa played a part in two of the three Chicago goals. 

    Amarikwa opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a curling strike, which beat a diving Bill Hamid for his eighth goal of the season. 

    In the 78th minute with his side down a goal, Amarikwa worked around a pair of defenders to gift a pass to Matt Watson, who sent in the equalizer. 

FW: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York

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    The Golden Boot leader scored goals Nos. 22, 23 and 24 in New York's 4-1 romp over Seattle at Red Bull Arena. 

    Bradley Wright-Phillips wasted no time Saturday night as he scored in the first minute when he pounded in a rebound with his right foot. 

    His second goal came from the spot in the 54th minute before he finished off his third hat trick of the season two minutes later.

    By scoring his third hat trick, the Englishman became the fourth player in league history to achieve the feat in a single season. He also tied the club record for hat tricks, both stats per ESPN's Paul Carr

Bench

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    GK: Donovan Ricketts (Portland) 

    LB: Roy Miller (New York) 

    CB: Bobby Boswell (D.C.)

    CAM: Luis Silva (D.C.) 

    FW: Gilberto (Toronto FC)

    FW: Joao Plata (Real Salt Lake) 

    FW: Fanendo Adi (Portland) 

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    All statistics obtained from MLSSoccer.com and WhoScored.com

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