MLS Team of the Week: Giovinco, Martins and Castillo Shine in Week 7
After a slow first six weeks of the season, Major League Soccer found its attacking pulse in Week 7.
Stars such as Sebastian Giovinco and Obafemi Martins delivered world-class strikes in a week that saw 26 goals fly into the back of the net.
Because of the terrific offensive output, we molded our MLS Team of the Week into a 4-1-3-2 with two attacking midfielders on the flanks.
Continue reading to see which 11 players earned a spot in our best 11 from Week 7.
GK: David Ousted, Vancouver Whitecaps
Week 7 was far from a banner weekend for the league's goalkeepers, as just four clean sheets were recorded in 10 matches.
David Ousted was one of the four goalkeepers to earn a shutout. He made four saves in the Vancouver Whitecaps' 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake.
The clean sheet was the third in four games and fourth overall this season for the 30-year-old Danish 'keeper.
RB: London Woodberry, New England Revolution
In his first MLS start since May 18, 2013, London Woodberry provided solid cover on the right flank of the New England Revolution back four.
The 23-year-old's most important involvement in the 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union came in the 78th minute, when he cleared away a Maurice Edu shot from the top of the box.
Woodberry, who was filling in for the injured Darrius Barnes, led the Revolution with four tackles, and he made eight clearances on his club debut.
CB: Maurice Edu, Philadelphia Union
Despite his team earning just one point from two matches in Week 7, Edu proved how big of an influence he is on the Union lineup against New York City FC and New England.
In the 86th minute of the Union's 1-1 draw with NYCFC on Thursday, Edu won a crucial battle that allowed C.J. Sapong to tap in the game-tying goal.
Although he didn't earn an assist on the lone Philadelphia goal on Sunday, he did draw a key foul in the 41st minute. Edu's surge into the final third produced a free-kick, which was struck into the back of the net by Cristian Maidana.
During the final stages of Sunday's defeat to New England, Edu was arguably the most dangerous Philadelphia player on the pitch. If Woodberry did not step in to block his shot, he may have been celebrating a late equalizer in front of the home fans.
CB: Nat Borchers, Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers' 1-0 win over NYCFC on Sunday night was not easy on the eye by any means.
One of the reasons why the game was so ugly was the presence of Nat Borchers in front of the Portland goal.
The offseason acquisition from Real Salt Lake blocked five shots and made nine clearances for the victorious Timbers.
NYCFC left the pitch with 21 shots to its name, but only five of the attempts reached Adam Kwarasey in goal.
LB: Robbie Rogers, LA Galaxy
It's officially time to re-enter Robbie Rogers' name into the United States men's national team discussion.
Rogers, who starred at left-back during the second half of the 2014 season, shut down Sporting Kansas City's Graham Zusi on Saturday night.
The Galaxy defender limited Zusi to two shots off target and a single key pass in LA's 2-1 win over its new Western Conference rival.
Rogers ended the match with six interceptions, three tackles and two clearances.
CDM: Felipe, New York Red Bulls
By the end of the season, Felipe may go down as the most important offseason signing by any club in MLS.
The defensive midfielder once again helped the New York Red Bulls steamroll an opponent on their way to a victory on Friday night.
The 24-year-old Brazilian made 10 key passes and recorded 99 touches in New York's revamped midfield, which will receive a major test from the Galaxy in Week 8.
AM: Lamar Neagle, Seattle Sounders
One of the most underrated attackers in the league provided the Seattle Sounders with a pair of goals in their 3-1 road triumph over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.
Lamar Neagle opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a beautifully struck shot that curved past Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin and into the right side of the net. The goal was the midfielder's first since October 19, 2014.
Neagle then finished off a terrific run into the box with a hustle play in front of the net in the 25th minute.
If his play continues to heat up over the next few weeks, Seattle should have the top attack in the league when the summer hits.
AM: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas
It took 29 seconds for Fabian Castillo to find the back of the net at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night.
The dynamic Colombian torched Toronto FC's Nick Hagglund on the left wing and proceeded to beat goalkeeper Joe Bendik at his near post for the fastest goal in FC Dallas franchise history.
Castillo dispensed of Hagglund once again in the 10th minute, running circles around the second-year defender before powering a shot into the bottom-right corner of the net.
The two-goal performance from Castillo was his second in a FC Dallas uniform. His first came against San Jose on August 16, 2014.
CAM: Federico Higuain, Columbus Crew
Federico Higuain and the Columbus Crew took advantage of every opportunity presented to them by Orlando City at Mapfre Stadium.
Higuain capitalized on a brutal defensive error by Rafael Ramos in the 32nd minute to score a cheeky shot from the right side of the six-yard box. Ramos' misery was compounded when he was sent off in the 34th minute.
In the 60th minute, Higuain helped lay out more punishment on Orlando, lofting a splendid ball into Kei Kamara, who made it 3-0 with the resulting chance.
The goal and assist were the first of the season in each category for the 30-year-old Argentinian.
FW: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC
Sebastian Giovinco almost produced one of the best comebacks in MLS history by himself during the final 10 minutes of Toronto's loss to FC Dallas.
The diminutive Italian dominated the final 10 minutes of the match at Toyota Stadium, scoring two goals and striking fear into the entire FC Dallas defense.
In the 83rd minute, Giovinco barely kept the ball in play before he coolly chipped it over FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz.
Six minutes later, he completely fooled Seitz with a free-kick that drifted into the left corner of the goal.
Unfortunately for Giovinco and the Reds, he could not finish off his hat-trick before the final whistle blew.
FW: Obafemi Martins, Seattle Sounders
Obafemi Martins added another stellar goal to his growing MLS highlight reel in the 73rd minute of Seattle's win over Colorado.
Martins dropped jaws at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night, when he made a world-class turn after receiving a pass from Andy Rose.
All the Nigerian had to do after he displayed his ridiculous control was send the ball past an incoming Clint Irwin.
The goal was the fourth of the year for Martins, who has scored those strikes on eight shots on goal.
GK: Adam Kwarasey (Portland Timbers)
CB: Kevin Ellis (Sporting Kansas City)
RM: Teal Bunbury (New England Revolution)
CM: Juninho (LA Galaxy)
LM: Justin Meram (Columbus Crew)
FW: Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
FW: Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew)
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