Eriq Zavaleta

MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 2-1 Toronto FC (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): With the Seattle Sounders’ season slowly slipping away and the possibility of missing the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2015 quickly becoming a reality, Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey did what they do best in a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC Saturday night: run wild and score goals. TFC were surprisingly really good value for a point on the night after grabbing an equalizer just before the hour mark and and frustrating the two-man Sounders for much of the night. Big-time players make big-time plays, though, and Oba and Deuce are about as big-time as they come in Major League Soccer. With the victory, the Sounders (41 points) jump three places in the Western Conference, up to third, having played one, two or three more games than the four teams directly below them. TFC hold steady at fifth in the East, six points ahead of Montreal Impact and five points back of the second-place New York Red Bulls.

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Three moments that mattered

6′ — Dempsey to Martins, the dream combination — The last time Dempsey and Martins played together, the year was 1894 (it was actually June 13, 2015). They needed just six minutes to combine for a goal in their first game back together.

59′ — Zavaleta heads home to equalize at 1-1 — To all Sounders players: Marking the guys in red (or whatever color your opponents happen to be wearing during a given game) is a good idea. That’s Eriq Zavaleta, a former Sounder no less, standing all by himself at the top of the six-yard box. That’s the easiest goal he’ll ever score.

77′ — Dempsey pounces on Konopka’s epic blunder — Oh my, poor Chris Konopka. The TFC goalkeeper did the hard part — rushing off his line to take the ball of the foot of Martins — but couldn’t do the relatively easy part — hold onto the ball once it was in his hands. He spilled, Dempsey pounced and bagged the Sounders’ (extremely fortunate) winner.

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Man of the match: Clint Dempsey

Goalscorers: Martins (6′), Zavaleta (59′), Dempsey (77′)

MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 13

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Week 13 of the 2015 Major League Soccer season is in the books, and whether or not you can actually believe it, that means we’re approaching the halfway point of the season.

In the coming weeks, we’ll take a look at the Best XI from the 2015 MLS season, doing so with a little help from the first 17 Teams of the Week. For now, though, we keep plugging away week by week by week until Week 17 is in the books.

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30 goals in 10 games from Friday to Sunday (plus another three in three games on Wednesday) makes Week 13 one of the highest-scoring weeks of the season.

Without further comment, I present to you my Week 13 MLS Team of the Week.

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 13

Goalkeeper: Bill Hamid (D.C. United)

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Defenders: Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Kevin Ellis (Sporting Kansas City), Eriq Zavaleta (Toronto FC), Andrew Farrell (New England Revolution)

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Midfielders: Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Marco Pappa (Seattle Sounders), Gershon Koffie (Vancouver Whitecaps), Tony Tchani (Columbus Crew SC)

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Forwards: Krisztian Nemeth (Sporting Kansas City), Kennedy Igboananike (Chicago Fire)

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