Goalkeeper: Chivas USA’s Dan Kennedy
Rationale, motive and intent: Chicago relief man GK Paolo Tornaghi was a close second for his late work in the Fire’s home opener triumph, but Chivas USA’s steady keeper was huge in the weekend’s big upset, as the previously winless Goats stunned Real Salt Lake in Utah.
Back line: (Right to left) New England’s Shalrie Joseph (pictured at right), Chicago’s Cory Gibbs, Chivas USA’s Rauwshan McKenzie and San Jose Ramiro Corrales
Rationale, motive and intent: Joseph was at center back Saturday, gamely battling Portland’s handful of a striker, Kris Boyd. (And what a fun afternoon it was, watching those two go at it.) But if there are three deserving center backs, why not put Joseph at right back for the purposes of this list? He can play anywhere else on the field, after all.
Midfield: Kansas City’s Graham Zusi, Columbus’ Milovan Mirosevic and New England’s Lee Nguyen.
Rationale, motive and intent: Zusi keeps getting better and better orchestrating Sporting KC’s attack, with lots of supporting help from Roger Espinoza. Mirosevic had good moments combining through the middle as Columbus took its season opener from 10-man Montreal. And Nguyen showed flashes of ensconcing himself among the league’s top one-one-one wingers.
Forwards: San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski, New York’s Thierry Henry and Sporting Kansas City’s Kei Kamara.
Rationale, motive and intent: As ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas said this weekend, Wondolowski’s previous scoring campaigns can no longer been seen as any sort of anomaly. Not by a long shot. He’s second among the league’s scoring leading scorer now after hitting for a pair over the weekend. Kamara was an absolute beast all night, giving the FC Dallas defense everything it could handle and finally providing the late, game-winner.