MLS Team of the Week: Dempsey, BWP, Kamara All Score Twice in Week 10
The best attackers in Major League Soccer were out in full force during Week 10.
Thirty-two goals were scored over the course of six days. Although the week started slowly, with one goal from two midweek games, the action began to heat up Friday.
Only Philadelphia failed to find the back of the net at least once during the wild weekend of play, which featured a five-goal contest in Columbus and a four-goal encounter in Orlando.
Due to the massive amount of terrific attacking displays this week, we formed our MLS Team of the Week into a 3-4-3 formation, along with a bench of players who nearly made our starting XI.
Continue reading on to see which players were named to the list of Week 10's best.
GK: David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps)
RB: Atiba Harris (FC Dallas)
CB: Nat Borchers (Portland Timbers)
CM: Federico Higuain (Columbus Crew)
FW: Octavio Rivero (Vancouver Whitecaps)
FW: Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City)
FW: Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo)
GK: Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake
Nick Rimando stole the headlines in each of the matches he participated in this week.
On Wednesday night, the Wall of the Wasatch denied Juninho from the spot in second-half stoppage time to preserve a goalless draw at home between Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy.
Three days later, Rimando earned his 100th career win in the Claret and Cobalt's 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire. Although he made only two denials at Toyota Park, they both came in critical situations.
RB: James Riley, Colorado Rapids
James Riley earned a home point for the Colorado Rapids in the 93rd minute of the club's home match against the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday night.
Riley floated a header from the right side of the box into the left side of the net to level the match at one goal apiece in the waning moments of stoppage time.
On the defensive side of the pitch, the 32-year-old league veteran made five tackles and four clearances.
CB: Kendall Waston, Vancouver Whitecaps
The task presented to the Vancouver Whitecaps back four on Saturday night wasn't exactly difficult. But regardless of the level of difficulty, the Whitecaps did their job and shut out Philadelphia in a 3-0 victory.
Center back Kendall Waston was once again the anchor of the back line, as he made 11 clearances and two tackles against the Union at BC Place.
Led by Waston, the Whitecaps defense limited the visitors to just two shots on goal.
LB: DaMarcus Beasley, Houston Dynamo
DaMarcus Beasley and the Houston Dynamo ruined Toronto FC's home opener at the renovated BMO Field on Sunday, as they left Ontario with a 2-1 victory.
Beasley played a key role in creating the first goal, forcing Michael Bradley into making a late tackle on the left side of the penalty area. Boniek Garcia missed the penalty, but he converted on the rebound.
The retired United States international stopped Jackson from influencing the game, as he held the Toronto winger to 28 touches over 69 minutes on the flank.
RM: Lloyd Sam, New York Red Bulls
Lloyd Sam featured in the buildup to both goals netted by the New York Red Bulls in the first Hudson River derby against New York City FC.
The dynamic winger twisted around RJ Allen on the right side of the pitch in the fourth minute before he delivered an assist for Bradley Wright-Phillips.
On the second Red Bulls strike of the contest, Sam darted down the right wing in space and found Sacha Kljestan with a perfectly weighted ball. Kljestan then passed over to Wright-Phillips, who proceeded to finish his second goal of the night.
Sam almost found the back of the net himself in the 50th minute, but Allen stepped in and headed his shot away from the net.
CM: Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas
It's getting harder with each passing week to not include Mauro Diaz in our Team of the Week.
The FC Dallas playmaker recorded his third and fourth assists of the season in FC Dallas' 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy on Saturday night.
In the 77th minute, Diaz lofted a superb ball over the Galaxy defense onto the feet of Blas Perez. Nine minutes later, the 24-year-old Argentinian played a perfect pass across the field to Tesho Akindele, who slotted home the game-winning goal.
In his last three matches, Diaz has two goals and four assists.
CM: Pedro Morales, Vancouver Whitecaps
Pedro Morales was another creative midfielder up to his normal tricks Saturday night.
Morales opened the scoring at BC Place after he beat the Philadelphia offside trap and curled a shot past goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre into the right side of the net.
On the Whitecaps' third goal of the night, Morales played a terrific ball down the right wing to Darren Mattocks.
The 29-year-old Chilean ended the match with five key passes, two shots on target and a team high of 70 touches.
LM: Jordan Allen, Real Salt Lake
After RSL manager Jeff Cassar tinkered with his lineup in preparation for Saturday's trip to Chicago, Jordan Allen ended up on the left side of the club's 4-1-3-2 formation.
Allen, who was named to the United States U-20 World Cup squad earlier in the week, set up Alvaro Saborio with a pass from the left wing on RSL's first goal of the match.
He found his name in the assist column for the second time in the 56th minute, when his first-touch pass started the surge forward on the team's game-winning goal.
Allen also starred during his 90-minute shift against the Galaxy on Wednesday, as he was one of the few bright spots in the goalless draw.
FW: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
Wright-Phillips notched his fourth and fifth tallies of the season in the first of three rivalry showdowns between the Red Bulls and NYCFC this season.
On both of his goals, Wright-Phillips took advantage of the space handed to him by the NYCFC defense. He tried for a third in the 66th minute, but Josh Saunders stopped the forward's shot with his left foot.
The two-goal performance from Wright-Phillips came one year to the date after he put three past Chicago in a thrilling match at Red Bull Arena.
FW: Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders
Clint Dempsey produced two goals in the highest-scoring match of Week 10 on Saturday night at Mapfre Stadium.
Dempsey leveled the game between the Seattle Sounders and Columbus Crew in the 24th minute with a curled strike that found its way into the left side of the net.
The U.S. men's national team captain completed his second brace of the 2015 season on a weird play in the 75th minute. Dempsey knocked in a rebound after Steve Clark denied Obafemi Martins on a shot from close range. While Clark was busy making his save on Martins, the entire Crew defense argued with the referees about the failure to call offside on the play.
Dempsey has scored in each of his last three matches, and he is tied for the Golden Boot lead with Columbus' Kei Kamara.
FW: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew
Speaking of Kamara, he was also busy in front of the net during Columbus' 3-2 win over Seattle.
Kamara put the Crew ahead in the 10th minute, when he launched in front of a defender and headed his sixth goal of the season into the back of the net.
The Sierra Leone international secured his position at the top of the Golden Boot race in the 58th minute, placing a controlled finish past Stefan Frei.
The brace was the second of the season for Kamara, who has four goals in his last four games.
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