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MLS levies one-game suspension to Orlando City’s Perez Garcia

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He may have gotten away with it over the weekend, but Orlando City’s Matias Perez Garcia will now face the wrath of MLS’ Disciplinary Committee.

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The Lions midfielder has earned a one-match suspension and an undisclosed fine after kicking out at New York Red Bulls midfielder Felipe during Sunday’s 1-0 win.

Upon replay, it was clear that Perez Garcia and Felipe both went to ground after jostling for the ball before the former aimed a kick at the right thigh of the Red Bulls player.

Perez Garcia will miss his club’s next match when Orlando hosts the LA Galaxy on Saturday afternoon at Orlando City Stadium.

MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 17

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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

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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′)

MLS Player of the Week — Week 16: San Jose Earthquakes’ Matias Perez Garcia

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It’s taken a bit of time — roughly six months in his Major League Soccer career — but Matias Perez Garcia, a dynamic, 5-foot-5 attacking midfielder for the San Jose Earthquakes, is really settling into MLS nicely these days.

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In his last four appearances (two wins and two draws for the Earthquakes), Perez Garcia has tallied one goal and three assists. On Saturday, MPG led the ‘Quakes to a shocking 2-0 upset of the (extremely shorthanded) Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

[ RELATED: Week 16 Team of the Week — featuring Villa, Gyasi, Javi Mo and more ]

Perez Garcia set up the game’s opening goal (below video), scored by Sanna Nyassi in the 28th minute, and scored a wondergoal of his own in the 73rd minute, when the Argentine attacker weaved his way through the Sounders midfield and defense before cutting inside and floating a delicate shot inside the far post of Stefan Frei. Saturday’s showing was just enough for MPG to edge out David Villa and David Ousted for MLS Player of the Week honors in Week 16.

MLS Players of the Week

Week 1: Tyler Deric, Houston Dynamo

Week 2: Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

Week 3: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls

Week 4: Kaka, Orlando City SC

Week 5: Harrison Shipp, Chicago Fire

Week 6: Jaime Penedo, LA Galaxy

Week 7: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas

Week 8: Ethan Finlay, Columbus Crew SC

Week 9: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas

Week 10: Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas

Week 11: Chad Barrett, Seattle Sounders

Week 12: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew SC

Week 13: Krisztian Nemeth, Sporting Kansas City

Week 14: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 15: David Villa, New York City FC

MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 16

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Week 16 of the 2015 Major League Soccer season in the books, and the latest round of MLS games left no shortage of shocking results, more shocking results and late, late drama.

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This week’s MLS Team of the Week is full of goalscorers, like David Villa and Chris Rolfe, who each bagged twice over the weekend; serial assisters, like Javier Morales and Gyasi Zardes, who each set up a pair of goals over the weekend; and clean sheet-keepers, like David Outsted, who saved two Bradley Wright-Phillips penalties on Saturday, and a defensive trio doing their part in shutouts elsewhere.

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

[ MORE: 2015 MLS Team of the Week archive ]

MLS Team of the Week — Week 16

Goalkeeper: David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps)


Defenders: Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Jorge Villafaña (Portland Timbers), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes)


Midfielders: Matias Perez Garcia (San Jose Earthquakes), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake), Juninho (LA Galaxy), Marco Donadel (Montreal Impact)


Forwards: David Villa (New York City FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Chris Rolfe (D.C. United)