MLS Team of the Week: Trio of Scorers Highlight Best 11 from Wild Week 2

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 16, 2015

MLS Team of the Week: Trio of Scorers Highlight Best 11 from Wild Week 2

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    After getting off to a slow start in Week 1, Major League Soccer delivered plenty of excitement and interesting talking points in Week 2. 

    A total of 25 goals were scored across eight games this past weekend. Four players were able to find the back of the net on two occasions. 

    Due to the plethora of strong attacking performances across the league, we opted to select our best 11 from Week 2 in a 3-4-3 formation. 

    The unconventional setup allowed us to make room for three of the top four forwards from the weekend, and it was able to help us highlight the midfield stars who scored as well.

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

GK: Bobby Shuttleworth, New England Revolution

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    Despite coming out on the losing end of the final score, New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth turned in the best performance of the weekend in between the pipes. 

    Shuttleworth's two biggest saves at Yankee Stadium came against David Villa, as he denied the Spanish forward once in the first half and again in the second half. 

    His stop in the 62nd minute was of the acrobatic fashion, as he was forced to leap to deny the volleyed effort from Villa. 

    New England's top goalkeeper ended the 2-0 defeat with seven saves, which is the highest single-game total in 2015. 

RB: Marvell Wynne, San Jose Earthquakes

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    Marvell Wynne's performance on the right flank was one of many pleasant surprises in San Jose's 3-2 road win over Seattle. 

    Wynne's biggest contribution came in the 13th minute, when he chased down a ball on the right wing before he sent it in to the chest of Chris Wondolowski. 

    The assist was Wynne's first since June 1, 2014, when he was a member of the Colorado Rapids. His last assist before that came on August 3, 2013.

    On the defensive side of the pitch, the 28-year-old made nine clearances and four interceptions against the dangerous Sounders attack. 

CB: Sean St. Ledger, Orlando City

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    Starting in place of the suspended Aurelien Collin, Sean St. Ledger delivered a standout performance at center-back in Orlando City's 1-0 win over Houston on Friday night. 

    St. Ledger was a part of a back four that held the Dynamo to zero shots on target at their home stadium. 

    The Republic of Ireland international made 13 clearances in his MLS debut, and he won three aerial duels next to Seb Hines in the middle of the Orlando back four. 

    Regardless of if he earns a start next week, St. Ledger proved to manager Adrian Heath that he can be a valuable asset in defense when called upon. 

LB: Sam Adekugbe, Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Vancouver left-back Sam Adekugbe also starred in an unexpected start for the Whitecaps on Saturday. 

    The 20-year-old Canadian turned in a solid 90-minute shift in place of veteran full-back Jordan Harvey, which means he could be starting at the position once again next week. 

    Adekugbe blocked a team-high three shots, made three clearances and earned three interceptions in the 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire. 

    His performance also gained praise from many fans of the Canada men's national team, who do not have many players earning regular time with the three Canadian clubs in MLS. 

CDM: Wil Trapp, Columbus Crew

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    Wil Trapp commanded the middle of the park in Columbus' 2-0 home victory over Toronto on Saturday night. 

    The United States men's national team prospect made 118 touches and completed 87.1 percent of his 101 passes in the Crew's first home match of the season. 

    Trapp also did a solid job disrupting the Toronto players when they had the ball, as he made three tackles and three interceptions against one of the faster clubs in MLS. 

    Thanks to his terrific performance at Mapfre Stadium, Trapp should be on the radar for a call-up for the March friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland. 

RM: Roger Espinoza, Sporting Kansas City

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    It didn't take long for Roger Espinoza to pick up right where he left off at Sporting Kansas City. 

    In his second game back with the club, the Honduran midfielder netted the club's lone goal in its 3-1 defeat to FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium. 

    On his 44th-minute equalizer, Espinoza picked up the ball in middle of the park following a Benny Feilhaber pass and sprinted to the top of the box before firing his shot past FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz. 

    Although many see the former Wigan Athletic player as a central midfielder, he did line up on the right side of the three-man Sporting Kansas City midfield on Saturday night. 

LM: Justin Meram, Columbus Crew

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    After starring for most of the 2014 season, it was no surprise to see Justin Meram contribute to a goal in his first game of the new campaign. 

    In the 57th minute of Columbus' win over 10-man Toronto, Meram finished off a terrific run into the box with a header that soared past Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik. 

    Meram almost beat Bendik for a second time in the 65th minute, but his shot hit the bottom part of the left post before bouncing away from goal. 

    The 26-year-old ended the match with a total of seven shots, which was one more than teammate Kei Kamara took in Week 1. 

CAM: Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers

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    Darlington Nagbe did not find the back of the net on Sunday night, but he did play a key role in the buildup to both of Portland's goals at Providence Park. 

    Nagbe's crafty backheel allowed Rodney Wallace to break free on the left flank in the 31st minute before Fanendo Adi scored the first Timbers goal of the night. 

    With time winding down in the second half, Nagbe sped past LA defender Todd Dunivant and fed Adi with what many thought would be the game-winning assist. However, the Galaxy would spoil Portland's impressive second goal with a strike of their own in stoppage time. 

    For the Timbers to be a legitimate contender in the Western Conference this season, Nagbe must be in top form for most of the year. 

FW: Fanendo Adi, Portland Timbers

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    Adi was one of four forwards who found the back of the net on two occasions in Week 2. 

    The lanky Nigerian powered his first goal of the season past LA goalkeeper Brian Rowe in the 31st minute following a terrific buildup started by Nagbe and Wallace. 

    Adi had to wait until the end of the second half to finish off his brace, as he coolly tapped home Nagbe's pass from the right side of the penalty area. 

    The 24-year-old forward's total of 47 touches bested the Galaxy's Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes, who were seen as the two top forwards on the pitch heading into the match. 

FW: Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

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    Wondolowski continued his excellent form in the Emerald City by netting a brace in San Jose's shocking win at CenturyLink Field. 

    With his pair of goals, Wondolowski extended his career total against the Sounders to nine. Seven of the nine strikes have come at Seattle's home fortress, per Opta

    The USMNT forward displayed perfect control in the box after he received a cross from Wynne in the 13th minute, while he played his normal role of poacher on second goal of the night. 

    Wondolowski's hustle allowed him to put Seattle center-back Brad Evans under pressure right outside the penalty area. After Evans committed his blunder, Wondolowski powered a shot into the top of the net to hand San Jose a surprising lead. 

FW: Blas Perez, FC Dallas

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    Blas Perez edged out Philadelphia's Fernando Aristeguieta for the final forward position in this week's best 11. 

    The Panamanian forward scored a goal in each half to power FC Dallas past Sporting Kansas City by a 3-1 score on Saturday night. 

    Perez finished off a fine attacking move by the Hoops in the 17th minute to earn his second goal of the young season. He then fired his third strike of 2015 into the back of the net in the 52nd minute following a corner kick. 

    The FC Dallas forward edged out Aristeguieta because one of the two goals scored by the Philadelphia player was a simple tap-in that required little skill in front of goal. 

Bench

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    GK: David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps) 

    CB: Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)

    CB: Jason Hernandez (New York City FC)

    CM: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) 

    FW: Fernando Aristeguieta (Philadelphia Union)

    FW: David Villa (New York City FC)

    FW: Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew) 

    Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90.

    All statistics obtained from MLSSoccer.com and WhoScored.com

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