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Obafemi Martins, Seattle Sounders FC

MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 24


Week 24 of the 2015 Major League Soccer season is in the books, and was it ever one for the long-term memory bank! Saturday night’s slate of games offered up one of the most memorable comeback victories in MLS history.

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There was also a matter of Nat Borchers, who features in this week’s MLS Team of the Week (full squad below), scoring a 95th-minute winner against Real Salt Lake, his former club of seven seasons. Borchers’ late header was the only chink in the armor of Nick Rimando (also in the TOTW), who was predictably brilliant in nearly securing his side a 0-0 draw.


Elsewhere in Week 24, Obafemi Martins returned from injury to score two goals; Robbie Keane marked his 100th MLS appearance with his 65th and 66th league goals; David Villa scored his 14th goal and notched his sixth assist of the season; and Kekuta Manneh bagged a first-half brace in an utterly dominant performance.

Thoughts? Questions? Agreements? Disagreements? (Of course not.) Leave them in the comments section, as always. I’m not afraid to defend my picks.

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MLS Team of the Week — Week 24

Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)


Defenders: Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Nat Borchers (Portland Timbers), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes)


Midfielders: Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps), Cristian Maidana (Philadelphia Union), Kwadwo Poku (New York City FC), Paulo Nagamura (Sporting Kansas City)


Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders), David Villa (New York City FC)


MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 17

Fanendo Adi, Portland Timbers
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Week 17 of the 2015 MLS season, which also happened to be “Rivalry Week,” is in the books, and there’s no two ways around it — it was an absolutely amazing weekend and advertisement. 28 goals in nine games from Friday to Sunday, on top of another 17 goals in seven games mid-week.

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Sunday’s affairs — the New York vs. New York and Seattle vs. Portland rivalries — really delivered the goods in the form of nine goals between the two games. For their efforts — and resounding derby day victories — the New York Red Bulls and Portland Timbers each land a pair of players in this week’s MLS Team of the Week.

Elsewhere, we’ve got a pair of California Clasico winners — the San Jose Earthquakes — in this week’s team, as well as another duo in the black and gold of Columbus Crew SC.

Thoughts? Questions? Agreements? Disagreements? (Of course not.) Leave them in the comments section, as always. I’m not afraid to defend my picks.

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MLS Team of the Week — Week 17

Goalkeeper: David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps)


Defenders: Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Kevin Ellis (Sporting Kansas City)


Midfielders: Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC), Matias Perez Garcia (San Jose Earthquakes), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls)


Forwards: Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers), Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew SC)


MLS Snapshot: San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 LA Galaxy

Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes
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The game in 100 words (or less): Don’t crown the LA Galaxy as 2015 MLS Cup champions just yet. If you tuned in for the defending champs’ combined 10-1 thrashings of the Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers last week, you might have been tempted to do exactly that, but lest we forget, this is MLS and none of it makes any sense. Bruce Arena’s Galaxy fell to the San Jose Earthquakes, 3-1, at Stanford Stadium on Saturday night in the first of three Cali Clasico meetings this season (the two also face each other in the US Open Cup fifth round this week). It’s terribly cliche to say, but throw out everything from form to momentum in a rivalry game, because anything can — and did on Saturday — happen.

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Three moments that mattered

17′ — Juninho’s screamer opens the scoring — Juninho his this ball and it, as they say, stayed hit. The less said about this goal, the better. Just watch and enjoy.

28′ — Wondolowski one-ups Juninho with a wondrous finish — Matias Perez Garcia whipped in the perfect cross to the penalty spot, and Chris Wondolowski finished with equal bits aplomb and grace. An absolutely world-class finish from Wondo.

53′ — Goodson heads home MPG’s corner — Someone Everyone forgot to mark Clarence Goodson. That’s bad news, because he’s a very capable header of the ball. Goodson used said noggin to head home at the near post and give the ‘Quakes a 2-1 lead.

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Man of the match: Matias Perez Garcia — For a second straight week, MPG was a nightmare to defend against, and his pair of assists on the ‘Quakes’ first and second goals give him five in five games.


San Jose Earthquakes: Bingham, Wynne, Bernardez, Goodson, Stewart, Alashe, Garcia (Thompson 86′), Wondolowski, Nyassi (Cato 60′), Jahn (Sherrod 46′), Salinas

Goals: Wondolowski (28′), Goodson (53′), Cato (72′)

LA Galaxy: Penedo, Gargan, Gonzalez (DeLaGarza 46′), Leonardo, Rogers, Ishizaki (Villarreal 78′), Juninho, Husidic, Lletget (Gordon 67′), Keane, Zardes

Goals: Juninho (17′)