MLS Team of the Week: Dos Santos, Jones, Piatti, Adi Star in Week 7

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistApril 18, 2016

MLS Team of the Week: Dos Santos, Jones, Piatti, Adi Star in Week 7

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    The headline-makers during Week 7 of the Major League Soccer season were household names to many watching the 10-game weekend slate.

    Giovani dos Santos set the tone for the weekend with a brace in the Los Angeles Galaxy's blowout win over Houston on Friday night. 

    Jermaine Jones made noise in his season debut with the Colorado Rapids by playing a role in each of the team's strikes in a victory over the New York Red Bulls. 

    Although Week 7 belonged to the big-name attackers, a few teams put in tremendous performances in the back line. Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC both placed two players in our Bleacher Report Team of the Week because of their defensive contributions. 

    Read on to see which 11 players were named to the Week 7 edition of the B/R MLS Team of the Week. 

GK: Clint Irwin, Toronto FC

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    Clint Irwin came up with a few big denials to preserve Toronto's one-goal lead at RFK Stadium on Saturday. 

    One of the goalkeeper's top saves came in the 31st minute as he scrambled in the box and kept out Patrick Nyarko's attempt from the middle of the penalty area.

    The 27-year-old earned his second clean sheet of the year by making a total of three saves in Toronto's 1-0 win over D.C. United. 

RB: A.J. DeLaGarza, LA Galaxy

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    The Los Angeles Galaxy attack garnered the majority of the headlines in the team's 4-1 win over Houston on Friday, but the defense put in a solid 90 minutes at BBVA Compass Stadium as well. 

    A.J. DeLaGarza kept Giles Barnes' influence on the contest to a minimum, as the Houston attacker recorded just 37 touches.

    DeLaGarza made seven interceptions and four tackles while holding off the threat of the Jamaica international.

CB: Aaron Maund, Real Salt Lake

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    Aaron Maund made a big clearance in front of the net for the second straight week in Real Salt Lake's 1-0 win over Vancouver. 

    The 25-year-old American, who has been one of the top defenders in the league this season, nodded a ball away from the net in the first half of the Claret and Cobalt's fourth victory of 2016. 

    Maund totaled seven interceptions, four clearances, four tackles and a blocked shot on Saturday night. 

CB: Drew Moor, Toronto FC

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    The improved Toronto back line impressed in Week 7 with a road shutout against D.C. United. 

    Veteran center-back Drew Moor was all over the place in the 1-0 victory that saw the Reds defend their advantage from the first minute, following a quick Sebastian Giovinco opener. 

    Moor blocked four shots and made seven clearances in Toronto's second victory of the year. 

LB: Demar Phillips, Real Salt Lake

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    Demar Phillips has only been on the pitch for 158 minutes this season, but he's been effective on the left side of the Real Salt Lake defense when he's played. 

    The 32-year-old Jamaican made six tackles and two interceptions in RSL's win over Vancouver. With Phillips on the field, RSL has conceded just once this season. 

    Phillips, who saw red in the season opener against Orlando City, made his first start since Week 1 on Saturday. His last two appearances came as a substitute. 

AM: Andreas Ivanschitz, Seattle Sounders

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    Andreas Ivanschitz handed out a pair of assists in Seattle's 2-1 win over Philadelphia at CenturyLink Field. 

    Ivanschitz helped the Sounders open the scoring in the 41st minute, as his looping corner from the right wing connected with the head of Chad Marshall. 

    Thirty minutes later, the 32-year-old Austrian curled a wonderful ball onto the feet of Jordan Morris to set up the rookie's first-career MLS tally. In addition to his pair of assists, Ivanschitz racked up six key passes in the win. 

CM: Jermaine Jones, Colorado Rapids

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    Jermaine Jones made his Colorado Rapids debut in a position he's rarely played in the past, but lining up in the No. 10 role didn't hinder the United States international's production on Saturday. 

    Jones produced a goal and an assist in the snow at Dick's Sporting Goods Park to power the Rapids to a 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls. 

    The midfielder, who normally lines up in a defensive role, slotted home the opener in the 21st minute and provided a helper on Dominique Badji's 82nd-minute game-winner. 

    The victory moved Colorado into third place in the Western Conference with 13 points.

CM: Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact

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    Saturday may have marked the return of Didier Drogba to the Montreal attack, but once again Ignacio Piatti stole the show in the final third for Mauro Biello and company.

    Piatti produced a stunning game-winner in the 91st minute against Chicago on Saturday to finish off the comeback Drogba started with his 56th-minute tally. 

    The creative Argentinian midfielder was a menace in front of the Fire goal throughout the match as he handed out a total of four key passes and put both of his attempts on target. 

CM: Giovani dos Santos, LA Galaxy

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    After delivering a pair of frustrating showings to start the season, Giovani dos Santos finally lived up to his designated player tag in Week 7.

    The Mexico international pounced for a pair of goals in the Galaxy's dismantling of Houston, which was the result of constant attacking pressure and some lackluster defending. 

    Three minutes after David Horst netted the lone Dynamo strike, Dos Santos took advantage of a defensive error and scored his first goal of the year. The 26-year-old scored again in the 31st minute, as he pulled down a beautiful pass from Steven Gerrard and sent a shot into the bottom-right part of the net. 

AM: Justin Meram, Columbus Crew

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    The Columbus Crew busted out of their early-season slump in fine fashion behind the play of Justin Meram on Saturday. 

    The Iraq international played a role in all three of the Crew's strikes in their 3-2 win over New York City FC at Mapfre Stadium. 

    After playing the role of provider for Ethan Finlay and Kei Kamara on Columbus' first two strikes, Meram sealed the club's first win of the season with a goal of his own in the 80th minute. 

FW: Fanendo Adi, Portland Timbers

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    Fanendo Adi just can't stop scoring. 

    The Portland Timbers forward scored twice off the bench in Saturday's 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. 

    The Nigerian picked up his fifth goal of 2016 in the 65th minute after a deflected Diego Valeri shot fell to his feet at the top of the box. Adi moved into first place in the Golden Boot standings in the 99th minute, when he finished off a counter led by himself and Lucas Melano. 

Bench

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    GK: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 

    CB: Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders) 

    CM: Kaka (Orlando City) 

    CM: Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution) 

    FW: Dominic Oduro (Montreal Impact) 

    FW: Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact) 

    FW: Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew)

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

    All statistics obtained from MLSsoccer.com and WhoScored.com