MLS Team of the Week: Feilhaber, Ilsinho, Doyle Star in Week 18
Major League Soccer produced a rare set of results in Week 18 as eight of the 20 clubs that took to the pitch were shut out.
Due to the high number of clean sheets, we found a way to put five defenders in the Bleacher Report MLS Team of the Week for the first time in 2016.
Despite the high number of zeroes across the league scoreboard, there were a handful of solid attacking performances in Week 18. Benny Feilhaber, Ilsinho and Kevin Doyle were among the top attackers over the last three days in the North American top flight.
Continue reading to see who was named to the latest Bleacher Report MLS Team of the Week.
GK: Chris Seitz, FC Dallas
Chris Seitz helped FC Dallas earn their third consecutive clean sheet on Friday against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The 29-year-old netminder contributed three saves in the 1-0 victory, including two key denials in the first half.
The victory moved Oscar Pareja's men three points clear of the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference and Supporters' Shield standings.
Full-Back: Jimmy Medranda, Sporting Kansas City
Nine times out of 10, it's fine to give Jimmy Medranda plenty of time to line up a shot.
In Sunday's 3-1 win over New York City FC, the Sporting Kansas City left-back left many in the crowd amazed after he slammed a strike with plenty of pace past Josh Saunders in the 16th minute.
On the defensive side of the ball, the 22-year-old made five tackles versus a NYCFC attacking setup that had full-back Ronald Matarrita as a part of the front three.
CB: Walker Zimmerman, FC Dallas
Both FC Dallas center-backs turned in stellar performances for the second straight week, but we opted to go with Walker Zimmerman for our best XI due to his late block in the second half that preserved the shutout.
The 23-year-old made 11 clearances, four tackles and blocked a pair of shots while limiting the Earthquakes to three shots on target.
FC Dallas have not conceded a goal in their last seven halves of soccer. The last tally let in by the back line came in first-half stoppage time against Sporting Kansas City on June 19.
CB: Victor Cabrera, Montreal Impact
The only thing that stopped the Montreal Impact from leaving Rio Tinto Stadium with an impressive road win was a late second-half penalty scored by Yura Movsisyan.
Outside of the spot kick, the Impact defense worked well as a unit to contain the dangerous foursome at the front of the RSL formation.
Center-back Victor Cabrera was the most active player in Mauro Biello's back four as he made eight clearances, eight interceptions and seven tackles in the 1-1 draw.
CB: Jelle Van Damme, LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy back four faced a somewhat difficult task on Saturday after Robbie Keane had put Bruce Arena's side ahead.
The defense led by Jelle Van Damme contained the threat posed by the trailing Seattle Sounders as they only allowed five of Seattle's 22 shots to reach the target.
The 32-year-old Belgian won a game-high five aerial duels and contributed 10 clearances in the critical road win earned by the Galaxy.
Full-Back: Justin Morrow, Toronto FC
Toronto FC were fortunate to have someone other than Sebastian Giovinco find the back of the net on a night in which the Atomic Ant struggled to hit the target.
Left-back Justin Morrow used a smart run into the left side of the penalty area to hook up with Giovinco's pass from midfield in the ninth minute for the lone goal in the Reds' 1-0 win over Chicago.
The 28-year-old, who added three key passes to Toronto's attacking effort, also helped the Reds limit the Fire to two shots on goal at BMO Field on Saturday.
MID: Benny Feilhaber, Sporting Kansas City
Benny Feilhaber's eighth-minute opener set the tone for a strong match for the player and his club at Children's Mercy Park on Sunday.
Feilhaber, who has two goals and two assists in his last three matches, poked home a loose ball from the left side of the box to hand Sporting KC an early advantage.
The American midfielder also played a role in the club's third goal as he pumped the ball back into the box off a corner before Ike Opara slotted a shot past Josh Saunders.
MID: Ben Zemanski, Portland Timbers
The sudden and unexpected surges forward from defensive midfielder Ben Zemanski produced a few of the top moments in a dull 0-0 draw between the Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls on Sunday.
The 28-year-old's best attempt on target came in the 56th minute as he just missed the upper-right corner of the net with a strike from distance that ringed off the post.
Zemanski also produced a solid night's work on the other half of the pitch as he made six interceptions and helped the Timbers defense limit the Red Bulls to four shots on goal.
MID: Ilsinho, Philadelphia Union
There were a plethora of players we could've chosen from the Philadelphia Union for our best XI this week, but we decided to honor Ilsinho for his brace at Talen Energy Stadium.
The Brazilian playmaker, who has made a name for himself in his first year in the league with his superb tricks on the ball, scored from the spot and on a thunderous rocket in the Union's 3-0 win over D.C. United on Saturday.
Ilsinho scored from the spot in the 37th minute after he earned a penalty on the right side of the box. The 30-year-old netted his second tally in a Union shirt in the 48th minute as he blasted the remnants of a free-kick into the top-left portion of the net.
FW: Kevin Doyle, Colorado Rapids
Republic of Ireland international Kevin Doyle provided the Colorado Rapids with a goal and an assist in the club's 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.
Doyle leveled the match at BC Place at one goal apiece in the 59th minute with a shot from the right side of the penalty area.
With the clock winding down in second-half stoppage time, Doyle played a ball from left to right over to the head of Axel Sjoberg, who scored a late equalizer to hand Pablo Mastroeni's side a key road point in the Western Conference.
FW: Maximiliano Urruti, FC Dallas
Maximiliano Urruti displayed plenty of skill and concentration on his 51st-minute game-winner for FC Dallas on Friday night.
The strike was the first for the 25-year-old Argentinian since March 26. Urruti scored three of his four league tallies in the first month of the season.
Throughout Friday's contest at Avaya Stadium, Urruti threatened the San Jose defense due to his link-up play with midfield creator Mauro Diaz.
GK: Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)
CB: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas)
LB: Zarek Valentin (Portland Timbers)
CM: Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
LM: Shkelzen Gashi (Colorado Rapids)
FW: C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union)
FW: Kei Kamara (New England Revolution)
Joe Tansey covers MLS for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter, @JTansey90.