MLS Team of the Week: Sapong, Dwyer, Espindola Lead List of Week 6's Best

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistApril 11, 2016

MLS Team of the Week: Sapong, Dwyer, Espindola Lead List of Week 6's Best

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    The sixth week of play in Major League Soccer provided fans with a wide array of talking points once the weekend's final whistle sounded on Sunday night.

    The biggest attacking headline was produced by D.C. United, who powered four goals past the Vancouver Whitecaps at RFK Stadium on Saturday. 

    Sporting Kansas City continued their terrific early-season form with a win over the New York Red Bulls, who can't seem to figure things out in the final third. 

    In addition to the splendid attacking performances throughout the United States and Canada, there was also a bit of controversy on Sunday night, when Nigel de Jong injured Darlington Nagbe with a harsh challenge and only received a yellow card for his actions. 

    After going over all the noteworthy individual showings from Week 6, we settled on a 4-3-3 formation for our latest Bleacher Report MLS Team of the Week.

    Continue reading to see which 11 players found their way into our list of Week 6's top stars. 

GK: Tim Melia, Sporting Kansas City

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    Tim Melia survived an offensive onslaught from the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night.

    The American goalkeeper denied a Bradley Wright-Phillips penalty and made five other stops in his third shutout of the season. 

    Melia's clean sheet kept Sporting Kansas City on top of the Western Conference standings with 12 points. The league's best team has four wins and one loss in five matches. 

RB: Hassoun Camara, Montreal Impact

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    Hassoun Camara helped Montreal out on both sides of the pitch in Saturday's victory over the Columbus Crew.

    The right-back gave the Impact the lead with a powerful header off a Lucas Ontivero corner kick in the 48th minute. 

    Defensively, the 30-year-old quieted the Columbus attack, which is mired in a slump. Gregg Berhalter's side put just two of their 10 shots on target. 

CB: Aaron Maund, Real Salt Lake

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    Rarely does someone other than Nick Rimando make a critical save for Real Salt Lake. 

    In Saturday's 1-0 win over Colorado, center-back Aaron Maund headed Shkelzen Gashi's shot off the line in the 43rd minute to keep the match scoreless. 

    The clearance was the highlight of the night for the 25-year-old, who contributed a total of five clearances and three interceptions in the home victory. 

CB: Chad Marshall, Seattle Sounders

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    The Seattle Sounders stole a point at the death on Sunday, thanks to the late-game heroics of Chad Marshall. 

    With the clock ticking down to the final whistle, Marshall slotted home a 94th-minute equalizer from close range after Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis deflected the ball in the defender's direction. 

    On the defensive side of the field, the 31-year-old American made eight interceptions and three clearances against the dangerous Houston forward corps.

LB: Taylor Kemp, D.C. United

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    The D.C. United attack received plenty of space in the headlines for their play in the blowout win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, but Ben Olsen's defense also shined at RFK Stadium on Saturday. 

    Left-back Taylor Kemp was a key part of the Black and Red's defensive success as he silenced the influence of Cristian Techera on the right wing. 

    The 25-year-old American contributed five clearances, five interceptions and four tackles to a back four that held the Whitecaps to one shot on target. 

AM: Kelyn Rowe, New England Revolution

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    Kelyn Rowe produced one of a few superb goals across MLS in Week 6 with his 14th-minute header in the New England Revolution's 1-1 draw with Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium. 

    After he kept an attack alive on the left wing, Rowe found himself on the end of a Je-Vaughn Watson cross. Rowe's leaping header put the Revolution into the lead before the Reds countered through Sebastian Giovinco in the 58th minute. 

    Rowe went on to distribute three key passes over 90 minutes, and he put both of his attempts on target in the Revolution's fourth tie of 2016. 

CAM: Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact

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    Ignacio Piatti was an absolute menace in the final third for the Impact in their 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday. 

    The 31-year-old attacking midfielder handed out a quartet of key passes inside Olympic Stadium and recorded the highest amount of shots by any player on the turf with four. 

    The performance from the Argentine and his teammates was needed after two rough losses on the road against FC Dallas and Seattle. 

AM: Adrian Winter, Orlando City

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    With Cyle Larin out of the Orlando City lineup, Adrian Winter became the main target for Kaka on Friday night at Talen Energy Stadium.

    The 29-year-old Swiss midfielder combined well with the Brazilian legend for the majority of the 90 minutes, as the Lions played without a true No. 9. 

    Winter's work rate in the final third helped produce his second goal of the season in the 43rd minute. The brilliant individual effort from the midfielder allowed Orlando to level the match. Unfortunately, the Lions fell 2-1 after Tranquillo Barnetta's sterling free-kick in the 90th minute. 

FW: Fabian Espindola, D.C. United

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    D.C. United fans got a breath of fresh air during Saturday's 4-0 thumping of the Vancouver Whitecaps, thanks to the performance of Fabian Espindola. 

    The MLS veteran knocked the ball into the back of the net in the 39th and 54th minutes to put the Black and Red in position to win their first contest of the season. 

    The Argentine forward put United in the lead after David Ousted bobbled a Chris Rolfe shot in front of the net. Nine minutes into the second stanza, Espindola cleaned up from close range after Steve Birnbaum's header hit the crossbar. 

FW: Dom Dwyer, Sporting Kansas City

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    Dom Dwyer did everything a target forward is supposed to do on both of Sporting Kansas City's goals on Saturday at Red Bull Arena. 

    In the buildup to Benny Feilhaber's 17th-minute opener, Dwyer fought his way around a pair of defenders with nice hold-up play before he fed Graham Zusi on the right wing. Zusi eventually found Feilhaber in the box for the tally. 

    The Englishman impressed again in the 60th minute, as he displayed terrific body control in front of goal on the way to his third strike of the year. 

FW: C.J. Sapong, Philadelphia Union

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    Much like Dwyer, C.J. Sapong has been doing all the dirty work for his team from the forward position.

    The Philadelphia Union striker played a role in each of the club's two tallies on Friday night at Talen Energy Stadium. 

    Sapong pounced for the opener in the second minute after a bad clearance from Rafael Ramos. With stoppage time looming in the second half, Sapong earned a foul 25 yards from goal that set up Tranquillo Barnetta's game-winner. 


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    GK: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 

    CB: Ike Opara (Sporting Kansas City)

    CB: Frederic Brillant (New York City FC) 

    AM: Luciano Acosta (D.C. United) 

    CM: Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City) 

    FW: Alvaro Saborio (D.C. United) 

    FW: Quincy Amarikwa (San Jose Earthquakes) 

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

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