MLS Team of the Week for Matches from October 16-19

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistOctober 20, 2014

MLS Team of the Week for Matches from October 16-19

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    Throughout the four days of play in the 32nd week of action in Major League Soccer, fans of the league were treated to plenty of standout performances. 

    Although many fans focused on the clash between Seattle and LA, there were plenty of other matches this weekend that carried playoff implications. 

    In those matches, there were a few surprise showings from young players, including a pair of stars from Columbus. 

    Along with the young stars of the league, a few veterans also found their way into the 4-3-1-2 formation that the latest MLS Team of the Week is shaped in. 

GK: Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake

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    It's nothing new to see Nick Rimando star in net for Real Salt Lake, but that doesn't mean we aren't allowed to sit in awe every time he does. 

    The 35-year-old United States international made six saves in the 0-0 draw with Portland Friday night at Providence Park. 

    One of his best saves came in the 18th minute, when he was forced to scramble back to deny Rodney Wallace a goal after he swiped the ball away from Fanendo Adi. 

RB: Tony Beltran, Real Salt Lake

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    A few members of the Real Salt Lake back four could've earned a spot in the team this week, but Tony Beltran was selected because he was one of the top right-backs in Week 32. 

    Beltran helped hold Portland scoreless in a match in which the Timbers were desperate to pull three points out of. 

    Beltran made four interceptions and three tackles in the 11th draw of the season for Jeff Cassar's side. 

CB: Zach Loyd, FC Dallas

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    Coming off an emotional win over the Galaxy in Week 31, FC Dallas could've easily suffered a letdown against Colorado.

    Zach Loyd was one of the players who made sure that didn't happen, as Oscar Pareja's side went into Dick's Sporting Goods Park and earned a 1-0 victory. 

    Loyd, who has been employed at a few different positions this season, made seven tackles alongside Matt Hedges for the third-place team in the Western Conference. 

CB: Victor Bernardez, San Jose

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    There were few positives to come out of the 0-0 draw between San Jose and Vancouver at Buck Shaw Stadium Saturday night.

    The play of San Jose center-back Victor Bernardez was one of them, as he was a part of a back four that conceded just one shot on target. 

    Bernardez, who played for Honduras against the United States on Tuesday, recorded a game-high 10 clearances in the final San Jose game at Buck Shaw Stadium. 

LB: Eric Miller, Montreal

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    In the chaotic 1-1 draw between Toronto and Montreal, rookie left-back Eric Miller delivered an impressive performance for the Impact. 

    Miller, who was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, made eight tackles and five interceptions against an explosive Toronto attack. 

    The showing at the back by the 21-year-old gave Montreal fans something to be excited for in advance of the 2015 campaign. 

RM: Ethan Finlay, Columbus

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    Ethan Finlay powered Columbus to a big win on the road over New York with a goal and two assists at Red Bull Arena. 

    Finlay's first assist came in the 17th minute, as he crossed in a ball that was finished by Aaron Schoenfeld, who also benefited from a Finlay pass in the 80th minute. 

    The 11th goal of the season for the 24-year-old breakout star came in the 34th minute, when he finished off a pass from Tony Tchani for the Crew's second goal in the 3-1 win over the Red Bulls. 

CM: Lee Nguyen, New England

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    Lee Nguyen continued his spectacular season by scoring both of New England's goals in the 2-1 win over Houston on Thursday night. 

    In the 65th minute of the match at BBVA Compass Stadium, Nguyen scored an equalizer from the middle of the box for his 16th goal of the season. 

    His 17th strike of the 2014 season came in the 87th minute after Darrius Barnes played a short pass to him right in front of the Houston goal. 

LM: Lamar Neagle, Seattle

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    Lamar Neagle scored a crucial goal in the race for the Supporters' Shield in the 72nd minute of Seattle's 2-2 draw with LA.

    Neagle found space on the right side of the box, and he was able to slot home a pass from Obafemi Martins, who attracted a few defenders in the buildup to the goal.

    The goal was the ninth of the season for Neagle, who kept the Sounders and Galaxy level on points heading into their clash on Saturday in Seattle to close out the regular season. 

CAM: Cristian Maidana, Philadelphia

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    Philadelphia closed its home slate with a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City thanks to two assists from Cristian Maidana.

    The Argentinian playmaker connected with Brian Brown right before the halftime whistle for the Union's first goal. 

    His second assist of the night, and 11th of the season, came in the 71st minute, as he found a wide-open Pedro Ribeiro in the middle of the box. 

FW: Aaron Schoenfeld, Columbus

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    Aaron Schoenfeld had his best game of the season for Columbus at the perfect time. 

    The 24-year-old lanky forward recorded his first-ever brace for the Crew, who now sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. 

    He showed great composure in the 17th minute to score his first goal of the match, while he sealed the victory for Columbus in the 80th minute with three New York defenders standing in front of him. 

FW: Eddie Johnson, D.C.

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    In his first start since August 27, Eddie Johnson provided D.C. United with a goal and an assist in the team's home victory over Chicago. 

    Johnson's third assist of the season was delivered to the head of Chris Pontius in the 31st minute to open the scoring at RFK Stadium. 

    He then found the back of the net for the second consecutive match in the 53rd minute, as he capitalized on a defensive error by Chicago's Patrick Ianni. 


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    GK: Steve Clark (Columbus) 

    RB: DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle) 

    CB: Bobby Boswell (D.C.)

    RM: Baggio Husidic (LA) 

    CAM: Felipe Martins (Montreal)

    FW: Blas Perez (FC Dallas)

    FW: Obafemi Martins (Seattle)

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