MLS Team of the Week for Matches from October 24-26

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistOctober 27, 2014

MLS Team of the Week for Matches from October 24-26

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    The final week of the Major League Soccer regular season saw plenty of individuals step up to score in games with a ton of playoff implications. 

    The two biggest goals were scored by Seattle and Vancouver, who earned the Supporters' Shield and final playoff spot in the Western Conference respectively. 

    In the final match of the regular season, we saw one player's chase for history end in style.

    Due to the amount of attacking stars from this weekend, we opted to go with a 4-3-3 to include as many forwards as possible. 

    Here's a look at the final regular-season MLS Team of the Week. 

GK: Sean Johnson, Chicago

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    Sean Johnson may not have caught a ton of headlines for his performance Friday night at Toyota Park, but it was one of the best showings by a goalkeeper this weekend. 

    The Chicago netminder made eight saves in Chicago's 2-1 win over Houston to close out the season on a high note for a struggling Fire side. 

    The eight saves were the most made by Johnson since July 6, when he helped Chicago hold Sporting Kansas City to a 1-1 draw. 

RB: Alvas Powell, Portland

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    With a potential playoff berth dangling in front of them, the Portland Timbers turned in an inspired performance to beat FC Dallas 2-0. 

    One of the Portland players who turned in a terrific match at Toyota Stadium was right-back Alvas Powell. 

    The 20-year-old made four tackles and three interceptions on defense, which helped shut down the dynamic Fabian Castillo on the left wing.

    Unfortunately for Portland, the win did not do enough to put the Timbers in the postseason. Vancouver clinched the final spot in the Western Conference with a victory over Colorado a few hours after Caleb Porter's side earned three points. 

CB: Kendall Waston, Vancouver

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    The man who knocked the Timbers out of the playoff race was Vancouver center-back Kendall Waston.

    The towering Costa Rican headed home the playoff-clinching goal for the Whitecaps in the 70th minute of the 1-0 win over the Rapids at BC Place. 

    Waston was also immense in the defensive half with 13 interceptions and five aerials won. 

CB: Chad Marshall, Seattle

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    The top performer in the Seattle defense Saturday in the 2-0 win over LA was center-back Chad Marshall.

    Marshall, who has been one of the top defenders in the league all season, helped hold the Galaxy attack to three shots on goal on the way to winning the Supporters' Shield. 

    The 30-year-old MLS veteran led his team with 10 clearances and four interceptions. 

LB: Roy Miller, New York

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    To close out the regular season, Roy Miller and the New York back four limited Sporting Kansas City to a single shot on target. 

    Lined up against Sal Zizzo, the Costa Rican left-back made four clearances, and he held the Sporting KC winger to 18 touches, which was the lowest amount recorded by any starter. 

    Miller will now have to turn in the same performance Thursday when the two sides meet in the Eastern Conference knockout-round game. 

RM: Darlington Nagbe, Portland

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    As hard as it is to believe, Darlington Nagbe scored his first goal of the season in Portland's final game of the season.

    Nagbe's first goal of the 2014 campaign came in the 43rd minute, as his shot took a deflection on its way past FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

    The scorer of nine goals in 2013 completed 100 percent of his 48 passes and led the Timbers in shots with three. 

CM: Nigel Reo-Coker, Chivas USA

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    Nigel Reo-Coker played a key role in leading Chivas USA to one of the best finishes by a non-playoff team. 

    The midseason acquisition from Vancouver commanded the midfield in the Goats' 1-0 win over San Jose. Reo-Coker made three tackles and completed 92.7 percent of his 55 passes in the win at StubHub Center. 

    The victory was the third in the four games for Chivas USA, whose future as a club is murky at best. 

LM: Marco Pappa, Seattle

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    Marco Pappa only played 17 minutes for the Sounders Saturday, but he made a massive impact on the 2-0 win over LA. 

    The left-footed midfielder scored the first Seattle goal in the 85th minute after receiving a quick free-kick from Obafemi Martins. 

    The Guatemalan winger, who entered the match for Brad Evans, picked the ball off the feet of Jaime Penedo in the 90th minute to finish off his brace, and secure the first Supporters' Shield in franchise history. 

FW: Marco Di Vaio, Montreal

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    Marco Di Vaio scored in the 26th minute of Montreal's 1-1 draw with D.C. United to cap off an impressive professional career.

    The 38-year-old, who announced his retirement earlier in the season, fired off a total of six shots in search of the perfect farewell at Stade Saputo. 

    The six shots were the most taken by the Italian since the Impact's 2-0 win over New England on May 31. 

FW: Jairo Arrieta, Columbus

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    After striking the top of the crossbar in the 12th minute, Jairo Arrieta opened the scoring for Columbus in the 13th minute against Philadelphia.

    Arrieta was able to scoot around Philadelphia 'keeper Zac MacMath after beating the offside trap to net his fifth goal of the season. 

    By scoring in his first start since July 12, Arrieta proved to Crew manager Gregg Berhalter that he will have two forwards to rely on in the playoffs after Aaron Schoenfeld scored a brace against New York last week. 

FW: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York

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    Bradley Wright-Phillips became the third player in MLS history to record 27 goals in a single season thanks to two strikes against Sporting Kansas City. 

    The New York forward scored his 26th goal of the season in the 15th minute off a pass from Eric Alexander.  Goal No. 27 of the season came in the 70th minute after the Englishman outmuscled Aurelien Collin to gain possession on the left side of the box. 

    Wright-Phillips did have seven shots in the 2-0 victory, but he could only beat Eric Kronberg twice to draw level with Roy Lassiter and Chris Wondolowski on the single-season scoring chart. 


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    GK: David Ousted (Vancouver)

    RB: Richard Eckersley (New York)

    CB: Zach Scott (Seattle) 

    CM: Ben Zemanski (Portland)

    LM: Brad Davis (Houston) 

    FW: Felix Borja Chivas USA)

    FW: Fabian Espindola (D.C.)

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