MLS Team of the Week: Orlando, Montreal and Seattle Stars Shine in Week 11

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMay 18, 2015

MLS Team of the Week: Orlando, Montreal and Seattle Stars Shine in Week 11

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    Major League Soccer's 11th week of action in 2015 was by far its craziest and most unpredictable. 

    Over the span of five days, plenty of unlikely results were produced, as well as some top performances from fringe players.

    The two biggest upsets in Week 11 were delivered by the Montreal Impact and Orlando City. The Philadelphia Union also earned an upset of sorts on their home field. 

    One club that didn't stray from the path this weekend was the Seattle Sounders, who outclassed Vancouver Whitecaps from start to finish.

    The four clubs combined to put eight players in this week's edition of the MLS Team of the Week.

    Continue reading to see who else joined that group of standout stars from Week 11.

GK: Chris Konopka, Toronto FC

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    Chris Konopka's seven saves allowed Toronto FC to leave Gillette Stadium with a point from their match with the New England Revolution.

    The seven denials recorded by the back-up goalkeeper were the most Konopka has made in a single game during his MLS career. His former career-best mark of six came for the Philadelphia Union against Toronto on May 26, 2012 

    Two of Konopka's best stops of the night came in the 50th and 51st minutes on Lee Nguyen and Juan Agudelo efforts respectively. Two minutes after he turned away Agudelo's attempt, Michael Bradley scored Toronto's equalizer.

RB: London Woodberry, New England Revolution

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    Another unlikely face turning in a solid shift at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night was London Woodberry. 

    In the 32nd minute, Woodberry delivered a cross from the right wing to the head of Agudelo, who beat Konopka for the lone New England goal. 

    On the defensive side of the ball, Woodberry held Toronto's Jonathan Osorio to zero shots on goal and two key passes over 82 minutes.

CB: Brad Evans, Seattle Souhders

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    The most impressive defensive performance of Week 11 was produced by the Seattle Sounders, who silenced the deadly Vancouver attack at BC Place. 

    Converted center back Brad Evans combined with Chad Marshall to limit the Whitecaps to five shots on target during the 2-0 Seattle victory.

    Evans led the Sounders in clearances and interceptions during the Cascadia Cup clash.

CB: Maurice Edu, Philadelphia Union

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    In front of an emotionally charged crowd at PPL Park, Maurice Edu and the Philadelphia Union defense did not concede a shot on goal in their 1-0 win over D.C. United. 

    The United States international was a rock at the back for a Union side that was in desperate need of a clean sheet in front of the home fans.

    Although he was only credited with three clearances and two tackles, Edu did all the little things right to make sure the Union back four remained organized for 90 minutes.

LB: Eric Miller, Montreal Impact

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    In Montreal's shocking blowout win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday afternoon, Eric Miller turned in his best 90 minutes of the season for the Impact. 

    The 22-year-old left back made eight clearances, six interceptions and three tackles in the process of containing Jordan Allen, who was playing in his last game before departing for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. 

    Miller's job will not get easier in Week 12, as the Impact host a dangerous FC Dallas side at Stade Saputo. 

RM: Andres Romero, Montreal Impact

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    In the most surprising result of the gameweek, Andres Romero scored twice in the Montreal Impact's 4-1 victory over Real Salt Lake. 

    Romero struck for his first goal in the 20th minute, chipping the ball over the head of RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando. 

    The midfielder then tapped in his second nine minutes later after Dominic Oduro's shot banged off the left post.

    The brace was the Argentinian's first since arriving in Montreal in 2013.

CM: Osvaldo Alonso, Seattle Sounders

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    The Seattle midfield pairing of Osvaldo Alonso and Gonzalo Pineda produced some ridiculous numbers in the win over Vancouver at BC Place. 

    Alonso completed 95.6 percent of his 90 attempted passes, played 10 accurate long balls and made four tackles for the dominant Sounders. 

    The 29-year-old, who is one of the top passers in the league, has a pass-success rate of 92.1 percent through seven games.

CM: Darwin Ceren, Orlando City

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    Darwin Ceren thrived in the sweltering Florida heat  during OrlandoCity's 4-0 home triumph over the LA Galaxy on Sunday night

    The defensive midfielder was a part of an Orlando unit that allowed just a single shot on goal in 90 minutes. The lone attempt created by the Galaxy came in the 88th minute. 

    Ceren also put his name in the scoring column, with a goal in the 73rd minute that deflected off LA defender Tommy Meyer.

LM: Shea Salinas, San Jose Earthquakes

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    One result that flew under the radar of many MLS fans in Week 11 was the San Jose Earthquakes' 2-0 win over 10-man Columbus Crew on Saturday night. 

    In the 60th minute of the victory at Avaya Stadium, Shea Salinas navigated a crowded penalty area and fired his first goal of the season into the top of the net. 

    The 28-year-old was lively throughout the entire match, also dishing out two key passes and making 67 touches.

FW: Chad Barrett, Seattle Sounders

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    Chad Barrett's first two-goal performance since May 8, 2010 came at a perfect time for the Seattle Sounders. 

    Barrett netted a pair of strikes in Seattle's 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps with regular starter Obafemi Martins out of the starting lineup with an injury.

    In the fifth minute, Barrett slotted the ball into the right corner of the net after latching onto a perfect ball from Clint Dempsey

    His second of the night came on a crafty left-footed volley in the 38th minute, which once again found its way into the bottom-right section of the goal.

FW: Cyle Larin, Orlando City

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    If you don't know who Cyle Larin is, you might want to become familiar with him before he lights the net on fire again. 

    The No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft scored a goal in each of Orlando City's two matches in Week 11. 

    On his first strike of the week, Larin controlled the ball in tight space and fired a shot past D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid in the Lions' 2-1 road defeat. 

    Larin netted the second goal of Orlando's 4-0 thrashing of the Galaxy on Sunday, powering a Kaka pass into the right side of the net.


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    GK: Bill Hamid (D.C. United) 

    CB: Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo) 

    CB: Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas) 

    LB: Jordan Stewart (San Jose Earthquakes)

    CM: Gonzalo Pineda (Seattle Sounders) 

    CM: Matias Perez Garcia (San Jose Earthquakes) 

    FW: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo)

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