MLS Team of the Week: Penedo, Powers & Sarvas Star in Week 6
When we first looked at the schedule for Week 6 in Major League Soccer, we expected the big names to shine in marquee matches.
After the dust settled on the weekend, we were left talking about some surprising individual performances.
LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo turned in a gem in net against the Seattle Sounders, while the Colorado Rapids shocked everyone around the league with a big win over FC Dallas on Friday night.
There were also a plentiful amount of standout showings in midfield, which led us to choose a 3-5-2 formation for the best 11 of the weekend.
Continue reading on to see who made the Week 6 version of the MLS Team of the Week.
GK: Jaime Penedo, LA Galaxy
Not only was Jaime Penedo the best goalkeeper in Week 6, he was the top player to step on an MLS pitch over the last three days.
The Panamanian dominated in between the pipes, with 10 saves in the Galaxy's victory over the Sounders.
Five of the stops made by Penedo came on shots from Lamar Neagle, who had trouble besting the LA goalkeeper all night long.
"He had an excellent performance today. Real big saves in the first half, got off his line well on a couple of occasions in the second half," LA manager Bruce Arena told Serrano after the match.
CB: Omar Gonzalez, LA Galaxy
Omar Gonzalez also featured in a key role at StubHub Center on Sunday night.
The United States men's national team center-back provided Alan Gordon with an assist on the lone goal of the match, and had some key involvements on defense.
Gonzalez made 11 clearances and two interceptions in the victory, which also saw him display terrific positioning on a few occasions.
The 26-year-old was also efficient during his 90-minute shift by committing a single foul.
CB: Damien Perrinelle, New York Red Bulls
In the major clash on the East Coast in Week 6, Damien Perrinelle had an impressive performance at the back for the New York Red Bulls.
The 31-year-old Frenchman helped limit the D.C. United forward duo of Jairo Arrieta and Chris Pontius to zero shots on target.
Just like Gonzalez, Perrinelle also played a vital role in the final third as he netted a goal in the 68th minute at RFK Stadium.
Perrinelle rose above a scrum in the box and nodded in Felipe's corner to start the Red Bulls' two-goal comeback.
CB: Jamison Olave, Real Salt Lake
The massive man in the middle of the Real Salt Lake defense turned himself into a rock against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.
Jamison Olave caused plenty of disturbances in Sporting KC's final third, as he contained the host side's dangerous attack for most of the 90 minutes.
The 33-year-old center-back made 12 clearances and seven interceptions in the 0-0 draw that saw both sides combine for a single shot on goal.
RM: Sanna Nyassi, San Jose Earthquakes
Sanna Nyassi allowed the San Jose Earthquakes to claim one of the few surprising results across the league in Week 6, as he netted a game-winner in the 75th minute against Vancouver.
Nyassi drilled a left-footed shot into the top of the net after Cordell Cato and Shea Salinas saw their shots blocked in the penalty area.
When the final whistle sounded on San Jose's third victory of the season, Nyassi had launched a team high of three shots against the dangerous Whitecaps.
CM: Dillon Powers, Colorado Rapids
Since we're on the topic of surprises, let's talk about the Colorado Rapids.
Dillon Powers earned a goal and an assist in the shocking 4-0 road win over FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Friday night.
Powers fed Dominique Badji with a splendid cross from the right wing on the club's opener in the second minute.
In the 43rd minute, Powers slotted a shot into the bottom right part of the net to give Colorado a two-goal lead at the half.
When the drubbing of FC Dallas was finally over, the Rapids had obliterated their scoreless streak of 600 minutes and earned their first win since July 26, 2014 against Chivas USA.
CM: Marcelo Sarvas, Colorado Rapids
In order for the Rapids to succeed in attack, they needed a rock in defense to keep the possession in their favor.
Marcelo Sarvas did just that for Pablo Mastroeni's side as he completed 78.7 percent of his passes and recorded a team high of 83 touches.
Sarvas also earned his first assist in a Colorado uniform on Powers' goal in the 43rd minute. He had 11 assists with the LA Galaxy in 2014.
CM: Perry Kitchen, D.C. United
Before Penedo stole the headlines on national television on Sunday night, Perry Kitchen was the top player in the league this weekend.
Kitchen bagged a brace for the Black and Red before they conceded two second-half goals and settled for a draw in the second Atlantic Cup match of the season.
In the 26th minute, Kitchen handed D.C. the lead when he showed off his jumping ability on a corner kick and nodded in his first goal of 2015.
In the 67th minute, Kitchen secured his brace with a shot from distance that he drove into the bottom left corner of the net.
The three shots taken by the midfielder on Saturday night were his first three of the season.
LM: Chris Rolfe, D.C. United
Kitchen was able to score his second goal because of the effort put in by Chris Rolfe on the left flank.
Rolfe played a give-and-go with Conor Doyle before he sprinted down the flank, cut inside and dished the ball over to Kitchen just outside the penalty area.
On a night where the forward pairing of Arrieta and Pontius had trouble dealing with the Red Bulls center-backs, Rolfe picked up the slack and attempted four shots, two of which were on target.
Outside of Kitchen, Rolfe made the most touches of any non-defender, with 44 in the 2-2 draw at RFK Stadium.
FW: Giles Barnes, Houston Dynamo
Giles Barnes took advantage of a Brad Davis set piece to score his second goal of the season in the Houston Dynamo's 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact.
Barnes beat Victor Cabrera to the ball in the 15th minute and headed in the first strike of the match for the host side at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Englishman also recorded his highest shot total since the final game of the 2014 regular season, with six.
FW: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew
During the first leg of the Columbus Crew's continental journey on Wednesday night at BC Place, Kei Kamara scored two goals in the draw with the Whitecaps.
The Sierra Leone international was gifted a ton of space on the right side of the box on his first strike in the 24th minute, while his second goal came after a mistake by Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted.
After Justin Meram intercepted Ousted's poor goal-kick, he fed the ball to Kamara, who tapped home his third goal of the season.
Although he didn't star against New England on Saturday, Kamara still ended Week 6 as the only forward with two goals.
GK: Tyler Deric (Houston Dynamo)
LB: Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes)
CDM: Vincent Nogueira (Philadelphia Union)
CM: Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City)
LM: Shea Salinas (San Jose Earthquakes)
FW: Lamar Neagle (Seattle Sounders)
FW: Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy)
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