MLS Team of the Week: Zardes, Sapong, Adi, Felipe Feature After 2-Goal Games

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 21, 2016

MLS Team of the Week: Zardes, Sapong, Adi, Felipe Feature After 2-Goal Games

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    The madness of March in Major League Soccer reared its head again in Week 3. 

    From a seven-goal thriller on Saturday to a game in which a goalkeeper saved two penalties and still lost on Sunday, there were no shortage of talking points after the 10-game slate concluded. 

    Six players recorded two-goal performances over three days, but due to overcrowding at certain positions, only four of them found their way into our MLS Team of the Week. 

    The plethora of strong attacking showings across the league in Week 3 led us to choose a 4-3-3 formation for our best XI of the weekend. 

    Continue reading to see who made the latest Bleacher Report MLS Team of the Week.

GK: Matt Lampson, Chicago Fire

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    We considered giving this honor to New England's Bobby Shuttleworth for saving two penalties against Philadelphia, but he also conceded on three occasions. 

    The rightful owner of the goalkeeper position on our Week 3 Team of the Week is Chicago's Matt Lampson, who earned a clean sheet at home against Columbus. 

    Lampson's biggest denial of the contest at Toyota Park came in the 68th minute, when he dove to his left to keep out an Ethan Finlay blast from distance. 

    The 26-year-old recorded a total of four saves to help Chicago earn its second point of the young season.

RB: Keegan Rosenberry, Philadelphia Union

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    The Philadelphia Union earned a good amount of praise for their attacking prowess on Sunday, but their back four deserves the same recognition.

    Rookie right-back Keegan Rosenberry was one of a few Philadelphia defenders who halted the dangerous New England forward players from gaining any momentum at Talen Energy Stadium. 

    The 22-year-old Georgetown product limited Diego Fagundez to 35 touches and one shot off target during his 90-minute shift.

CB: Kendall Waston, Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Kendall Waston helped Vancouver secure the first Cascadia Cup victory of the season on Saturday against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field

    The towering Costa Rican made 12 clearances, four interceptions and blocked three shots while holding the Seattle attack to five shots on target, none of which came from Clint Dempsey

    Waston and center-back partner Tim Parker ended the contest with a combined 20 clearances and a key road win in one of the fiercest rivalries in the league.

CB: Tommy Redding, Orlando City

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    Shutting down David Villa is a great thing to accomplish for any defender, but for a 19-year-old center-back to do it is even more impressive. 

    Orlando City's Tommy Redding held Villa without an attempt on goal on 49 touches in Friday's 1-0 triumph over New York City FC at Yankee Stadium. 

    The young American was a part of a back four that limited NYCFC to six shots on target in the battle of second-year franchises.

LB: Maynor Figueroa, FC Dallas

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    FC Dallas played terrific defense in their 2-0 victory over Eastern Conference leaders Montreal on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.

    Left-back Maynor Figueroa was one of the key figures in the back line for Oscar Pareja's side as he helped contain the impact of Ignacio Piatti, Harry Shipp and Didier Drogba. 

    The 32-year-old didn't put up an impressive stat line, but he was part of a collective that shut down the Montreal threat for long stretches of the contest.

CM: Cristian Higuita, Orlando City

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    Redding wasn't the only Orlando City man to produce a massive 90-minute shift at Yankee Stadium on Friday. 

    Defensive midfielder Cristian Higuita recorded 14 tackles in his attempt to slow down the NYCFC attack on the narrow pitch in the Bronx. 

    In addition to that impressive number, Higuita distributed the ball well as he completed 90 percent of his 40 passes. The Colombian, 22, also committed just two fouls throughout his busy performance.

CM: Felipe, New York Red Bulls

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    One of the best moments of the weekend was produced in the 83rd minute at Red Bull Arena, when Felipe struck a free-kick into the top-right part of the net to complete a come-from-behind win by the New York Red Bulls. 

    The strike off a set piece was the second tally in six minutes for the midfielder, who also placed a shot from distance into the bottom corner to level the contest at three goals apiece. 

    The 25-year-old's first-career MLS brace allowed the Red Bulls to lock up their first win of the new campaign.

CM: Sacha Kljestan, New York Red Bulls

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    Sacha Kljestan opened the scoring frenzy at Red Bull Arena in the 22nd minute as he slotted a loose ball into the bottom-left part of the net. 

    The opening strike was one of the first key involvements the American midfielder had in the 4-3 victory. 

    The 30-year-old assisted on Felipe's stunner from distance in the 77th minute, handed out six key passes and put a trio of attempts on goal in the wild match against the Houston Dynamo.

FW: C.J. Sapong, Philadelphia Union

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    C.J. Sapong bagged his first brace since September 21, 2013, in Philadelphia's 3-0 victory over New England. 

    The former Sporting Kansas City man struck first in the 18th minute after Andrew Farrell failed to clear a cross out of the penalty area. Sapong then pounced for a second in the 33rd minute as he knocked in a Warren Creavalle cross from the left wing.

    The win helped the Union go level on points with the Montreal Impact atop the Eastern Conference standings.

FW: Fanendo Adi, Portland Timbers

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    Fanendo Adi brought the Portland Timbers back from the dead over the final 11 minutes of the club's match with Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. 

    The lanky Nigerian handed Caleb Porter's side hope in the 79th minute as he volleyed in a shot after Dairon Asprilla's attempt nailed the top of the crossbar. 

    Adi secured a point for the Timbers in the 84th minute with a shot from the penalty spot that completed his 10th two-goal performance since joining MLS in 2014.

FW: Gyasi Zardes, LA Galaxy

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    The LA Galaxy won the first California Clasico of the 2016 season on Saturday thanks to a pair of tallies from Gyasi Zardes. 

    Zardes netted in the 56th and 62nd minutes to distance LA from rival San Jose at the StubHub Center. The American forward opened the scoring with a toe-poke before he sent a shot into an open net six minutes later to extend the advantage to two. 

    The goals were the first for Zardes in a regular-season match since August 23, 2015.


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    GK: Bobby Shuttleworth (New England Revolution) 

    CB: Jelle Van Damme (LA Galaxy)

    CM: Matt Polster (Chicago Fire) 

    CM: Pedro Morales (Vancouver Whitecaps)

    FW: Maxi Urruti (FC Dallas) 

    FW: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo) 

    FW: Cyle Larin (Orlando City) 

    Joe Tansey covers MLS for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter, @JTansey90.

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