MLS Team of the Week: Giovinco, Bruin, Adi Each Score Twice in Week 14
Week 14 in Major League Soccer produced a slew of moments that players would like to forget immediately.
From Adailton scoring the first own-goal brace in league history to Dillon Powers' brutal missed penalty to a couple of controversial refereeing decisions in Kansas City and San Jose, play was not easy on the eyes.
However, if you look past the rough highlights from the past five days of action, you will be able to pick out a handful of impressive individual performances.
Sebastian Giovinco continued his superb form for Toronto FC, while a pair of forwards scored braces in different roles for their respective sides. We also witnessed the skill of some young stars and a great effort in net.
Due to the flashy attacking play on display in Week 14, we lined up our MLS Team of the Week in a 4-3-3 formation with three offensive-minded midfielders.
Read on to see who landed a spot in the latest MLS Team of the Week.
GK: Tim Melia, Sporting Kansas City
Tim Melia delivered a fine performance between the pipes for Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night, as he made six saves in the club's 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders.
The best stop of the bunch came in the 36th minute, when Melia denied a surging Lamar Neagle on the right side of the box.
The clean sheet was the third in a row for Melia, who has started Sporting KC's last six matches.
RB: Jeb Brovsky, New York City FC
What started as a simple 87th-minute throw-in turned into a game-winning assist for Jeb Brovsky on Saturday night.
The right back's throw found the feet of Patrick Mullins, who proceeded to hand New York City FC its first away victory in franchise history.
Outside of his key role on the goal, Brovsky limited Philadelphia left winger Andrew Wenger to 24 touches and zero shots on target.
CB: Kendall Waston, Vancouver Whitecaps
Shutting down an attack led by Robbie Keane is a noteworthy accomplishment, even if Keane is still working his way back to full fitness.
Kendall Waston and the Vancouver Whitecaps defense did not allow a shot on goal in the club's 1-0 road win over the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center.
The towering Costa Rican made 14 clearances and won three aerial battles in the Whitecaps' eighth victory of the season.
CB: Laurent Ciman, Montreal Impact
Laurent Ciman featured in a major role in both of Montreal's victories during a successful Week 14 for the club.
The offseason acquisition made eight interceptions and seven clearances against Vancouver in the Impact's first 2-1 win of the week on Wednesday.
Against Columbus on Saturday, Ciman recorded nine clearances and 54 touches, which was second to Marco Donadel's 56 on the Impact stat sheet.
LB: Amadou Dia, Sporting Kansas City
In a match littered with players looking to make a positive impression in the minds of their respective managers, Amadou Dia stood out at left back for Sporting KC.
Dia, who has started the last four games in the depleted Sporting back four, silenced fellow rookie Cristian Roldan during the first 76 minutes of the contest.
The 21-year-old held Roldan to 25 touches while making four tackles and four interceptions.
AM: Kekuta Manneh, Vancouver Whitecaps
Kekuta Manneh ran wild against the Galaxy defense at StubHub Center on Saturday night.
Manneh's best bit of individual brilliance came in the 32nd minute, when he scored the only goal of the game in Vancouver's road win.
The winger's second goal of the season came when he intercepted a pass in his own half, played the ball to Octavio Rivero and then surged through the Galaxy defense on his way to goal.
AM: Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers
One the top attacking performances of the week flew under the radar because of the controversial decisions and big-name outings across the league.
Darlington Nagbe dazzled in the final third as the Portland Timbers extended their winning streak to three games with a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution.
Nagbe contributed four key passes and two shots on target during Portland's search for a goal, which lasted 86 minutes. The creative attacker also completed 95.1 percent of his 41 passes.
AM: Thomas McNamara, New York City FC
Fans of New York City have been clamoring for Thomas McNamara to play an extended role in the club's attack since the start of the season.
Manager Jason Kreis handed the 24-year-old a start on Saturday, and the player rewarded him with a terrific shift that included a fantastic 53rd-minute equalizer.
The midfielder took the ball off the feet of Vincent Nogueira, played a pass to Kwadwo Poku and picked up a return dish from Poku before he found space to strike his stellar goal.
McNamara was also the most active player on the field for NYCFC at PPL Park, as he recorded a team-high 65 touches.
FW: Fanendo Adi, Portland Timbers
Fanendo Adi may have spent just 34 minutes on the Providence Park pitch on Saturday, but he made the most of his opportunities late in the game.
In the 86th minute of Portland's 2-0 win over New England, Adi launched himself above a group of players in the box and connected with Jorge Villafana's free-kick.
The Nigerian ensured the three points in the 89th minute, when he knocked in an Alvas Powell pass from the right wing.
The brace was the sixth of Adi's young MLS career, which has seen him net 15 goals in 39 appearances.
FW: Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo
Will Bruin netted his sixth and seventh tallies of the season in the Houston Dynamo's 4-2 win over the New York Red Bulls on Friday night.
Before he scored Houston's final two goals of the match, Bruin provided Boniek Garcia with an assist on the Dynamo's 59th-minute equalizer.
Since the beginning of May, Bruin has scored six goals from his 10 shots on target.
FW: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC
Another week, another superb display of individual brilliance from Sebastian Giovinco.
The designated player handed Toronto FC its sixth win of the year with a pair of strikes against D.C. United on Saturday night.
His first masterful stroke of genius came in the 34th minute, when he crossed up Sean Franklin and slammed his shot into the top of the net.
In the 83rd minute, the Italian benefited from Jozy Altidore's dummy in order to create space for the shot that created his game-winning strike at RFK Stadium.
Over the last four games, Giovinco has produced three goals and three assists.
GK: Andrew Dykstra (D.C. United)
CB: Shay Facey (New York City FC)
CB: David Horst (Houston Dynamo)
LB: Jorge Villafana (Portland Timbers)
RM: Andres Romero (Montreal Impact)
FW: Fabian Espindola (D.C. United)
FW: David Accam (Chicago Fire)
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