MLS Team of the Week: Donovan, Keane & Bradley Highlight Week 29's Best XI

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2014

MLS Team of the Week: Donovan, Keane & Bradley Highlight Week 29's Best XI

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    The stars of Major League Soccer came out to play in Week 29 and they impressed in a wide variety of ways. 

    From the usual star-studded display put in by the Galaxy to some major goals scored by a few United States internationals, this weekend was full of impressive performances. 

    Although the big names will get all the attention, there were a few players who shocked us with big games as well.

    Continue reading on to see which players earned a spot in the latest MLS Team of the Week. 

GK: David Ousted, Vancouver

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    David Ousted played a major role in helping Vancouver move above Portland in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot. 

    The Whitecaps goalkeeper made a total of six saves, but his biggest involvement of the game came outside of the box in the 76th minute, when he came off his line to disrupt Sebastian Jaime's run. 

    If Ousted had not disturbed the Real Salt Lake forward, the visitors could have changed the entire landscape of the match, which ended 2-1 in Vancouver's favor. 

RB: Chris Klute, Colorado

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    After delivering seven assists in 2013, Chris Klute had to wait until Saturday to provide his first of the 2014 season. 

    Klute made a terrific overlapping run on the right wing to receive a pass from Dillon Serna before he found Gabriel Torres for the lone Rapids goal in the 1-1 draw with San Jose. 

    The 24-year-old also contributed a ton on the defensive side of the ball with five tackles and three interceptions. 

CB: Nick Hagglund, Toronto FC

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    During the final stretch of the regular season, there are always players who jump out of the woodwork to score big goals. 

    Nick Hagglund scored twice in Toronto's comeback win over Portland at BMO Field, as he scored on two headers in the span of eight minutes. 

    The first goal of Hagglund's MLS career came in the 62nd minute, when he nodded in a cross from Daniel Lovitz. 

    His day got even better in the 70th minute, as he equalized the match with a header off a Michael Bradley free-kick. 

CB: Nat Borchers, Real Salt Lake

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    The bearded wonder of Real Salt Lake's back four got in on the scoring action in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Vancouver. 

    Nat Borchers connected with a cross from Javier Morales in the 57th minute at BC Place to level the match at that time. 

    The star center-back also produced a strong effort in defense with five tackles, four interceptions and three effective clearances. 

LB: Justin Morrow, Toronto FC

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    While a ton of focus will be on the Toronto attack for the three-goal comeback, the defense of the Reds put in a noteworthy performance after falling behind by two goals. 

    Justin Morrow helped keep the threat of Darlington Nagbe to a minimum from his left-back position with six tackles and six interceptions. 

    When the final whistle was blown, Morrow had held Nagbe to a single shot, and he helped quiet Diego Valeri, who only put one of his four shots on target. 

RM: Boniek Garcia, Houston

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    Boniek Garcia picked a terrific time to have his best game of the season for the Houston Dynamo.

    The Honduran winger was a lightning rod in the Houston attack for all 90 minutes of the 2-0 victory over Chicago at BBVA Compass Stadium. 

    Garcia finished off his stellar day with a beautiful volleyed goal in the 67th minute, which was created by terrific passing from Kofi Sarkodie and Brad Davis. 

    The goal was just the second of the season for Garcia, who could easily become one of the stars of October as the Dynamo fight for a playoff spot. 

CM: Paulo Nagamura, Sporting Kansas City

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    Before Sporting Kansas City gave up a late goal to Jermaine Jones, Paulo Nagamura inspired a comeback from two goals down early in the second half. 

    Nagamura finished off the first Sporting goal in the 3-2 loss with a shot from the right edge of the box before he acrobatically nodded a pass over to Dom Dwyer two minutes later. 

    The goal was the first for the 31-year-old since May 10, and his last assist before Friday came four days later against Philadelphia. 

CM: Michael Bradley, Toronto FC

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    Michael Bradley stole all the headlines Saturday afternoon with his game-winning free-kick goal against Portland. 

    The 89th-minute strike bounced through a batch of players in the box to beat Donovan Ricketts, who was late in reacting to the shot. 

    Bradley also set up the second Toronto goal with a free-kick 19 minutes before his second goal of the season. 

    The win over Portland put the Reds within one point of New York in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. 

LM: Landon Donovan, LA

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    We're not sure what needs to be done to convince Landon Donovan to play another year, but we're working on it.

    Donovan put in yet another extraordinary performance for the Galaxy in the 4-0 romp of the Red Bulls at StubHub Center. 

    The United States international, who will play his final international game on October 10, tied the all-time MLS assist record of 135 with assists on three of the four Galaxy goals. 

    Donovan also played a role in the fourth goal, as he got behind Chris Duvall to pick up the ball and pounce for his 10th goal of the season. 

FW: Robbie Keane, LA

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    Robbie Keane unleashed a ridiculous amount of individual brilliance on his eighth-minute chip to open the scoring for the Galaxy, but words really don't do this goal justice. 

    The designated player then added to his Most Valuable Player resume with another impressive individual effort near goal in the 82nd minute to cap the scoring for the Galaxy. 

    Keane has 17 goals and 14 assists for a Galaxy side that is showing no signs of slowing up as the playoffs approach. 

FW: Obafemi Martins, Seattle

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    Before Keane decided to go off on the Red Bulls, Obafemi Martins had the best performance of any forward in the league this week. 

    In Seattle's 4-2 home win over Chivas USA, Martins played a part in three of the goals scored by Sounders, who are fighting with the Galaxy for the Supporters' Shield and Western Conference titles. 

    His first goal came in the 14th minute, when he ripped a shot from outside the box past Dan Kennedy, while his 51st-minute strike was a result of some crafty footwork. 

    Martins' 10th assist of 2014 came on a superb give-and-go with Clint Dempsey right before the halftime whistle. 

Bench

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    GK: Jaime Penedo (LA)

    RB: Chris Korb (D.C.)

    CDM: Wil Trapp (Columbus) 

    RM: Lamar Neagle (Seattle)

    CAM: Pedro Morales (Vancouver)

    CAM: Luis Silva (D.C.)

    FW: Clint Dempsey (Seattle) 

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

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