MLS Best XI: Week 1

MLS Best XI: Week 1

MLS Team of the Week
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MLS kicked off its 19th season this past weekend with eight matches. It was a very exciting weekend with lots of goals scored, including two late game-changing ones and some excellent defensive displays on both coasts. My team of the week is set in the standard 4-4-2 formation with the three best substitute performances as well.

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Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake

Nick Rimando MLS Team of the Week
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Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake

Nick Rimando MLS Team of the Week
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Nick Rimando had a brilliant game on Saturday at the StubHub Center against the Los Angeles Galaxy. He tallied a match week-high nine saves, including a second-half stoppage-time penalty save on Robbie Keane to secure the three points for Real Salt Lake.

Right Back: Josh Williams, Columbus Crew

Josh Williams MLS Team of the Week
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Right Back: Josh Williams, Columbus Crew

Josh Williams MLS Team of the Week
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The offseason addition of Michael Parkhurst has allowed Josh Williams to press forward more often than usual. This paid off for new manager Gregg Berhalter as Williams put a perfect cross into the path of Jairo Arrieta for the Crew's first goal. It was the first assist for Williams since September 2012.

Center Back: Michael Parkhurst, Columbus Crew

Michael Parkhurst MLS Team of the Week
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Center-back: Michael Parkhurst, Columbus Crew

Michael Parkhurst MLS Team of the Week
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The talk of the offseason was about all of the changes made to the lineup in Washington DC. Michael Parkhust shut down the DC offense on Saturday, keeping Johnson and Espindola to a combined zero shots on target.

Center Back: Bobby Burling, Chivas USA

Bobby Burling MLS Team of the Week
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Center-Back: Bobby Burling, Chivas USA

Bobby Burling MLS Team of the Week
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The second center-back spot from match week one was a tight one. Chad Marshall of Seattle and Burling were neck-and-neck, but the edge was given to Burling due to his game-winning goal.

Left Back: Corey Ashe, Houston Dynamo

Corey Ashe MLS Team of the Week
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Left-Back: Corey Ashe, Houston Dynamo

Corey Ashe MLS Team of the Week
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Corey Ashe showed why he is not only a great defender, but also a threat in the attack; he took advantage of a mistake made by Scott Caldwell and put in a perfect ball to Will Bruin to tally his second goal of the match.

Right Midfield: Mauro Rosales, Chivas USA

Mauro Rosales MLS Team of the Week
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Right Midfield: Mauro Rosales, Chivas USA

Mauro Rosales MLS Team of the Week
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Mauro Rosales set up two of the Chivas' goals in their win over Chicago Fire, including the game-winning header from Bobby Burling. Rosales is no doubt the leader in this Chivas organization in transition with the unknown future ownership situation. Chivas will not make the playoffs, but they will go as far as Rosales will lead them.

Central Midfield: Kenny Miller, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Kenny Miller MLS Team of the Week
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Central Midfield: Kenny Miller, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Kenny Miller MLS Team of the Week
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Kenny Miller was the most dangerous man on the pitch for the Whitecaps, who destroyed the New York Red Bulls 4-1. Miller scored twice and seemed to always be in the perfect position to catch the Red Bulls off-guard.

Central Midfield: Federico Higuain, Columbus Crew

Federico Higuain MLS Team of the Week
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Central Midfield: Federico Higuain, Columbus Crew

Federico Higuain MLS Team of the Week
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Higuain is the third member of the Crew to make this week's Best XI. He scored two goals to lift the Crew to the three points. It was the fifth multi-goal game in his MLS career.

Left Midfield: Sebastian Fernandez, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Sebastian Fernandez MLS Team of the Week
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Left Midfield: Sebastian Fernandez, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Sebastian Fernandez MLS Team of the Week
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Sebastian Fernandez was making his regular season debut for the Whitecaps after being loaned over from Uruguayan second division club Boston River. Fernandez did not disappoint with a rocket goal in the second half that turned out to be the game-winner for Vancouver on Saturday.

Forward: Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo

Will Bruin MLS Team of the Week
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Forward: Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo

Will Bruin MLS Team of the Week
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Will Bruin had a spectacular match for the Houston Dynamo as he scored two goals and added an assist in their 4-0 win over the New England Revolution. It was the fourth multi-goal game in Bruin's career. His goal at 63 seconds was the second-fastest goal scored in Houston Dynamo history, behind the 47-second goal scored by Craig Waibel on Oct. 14, 2006 against the Colorado Rapids.

Forward: Blas Perez, FC Dallas

Blas Perez MLS Team of the Week
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Forward: Blas Perez, FC Dallas

Blas Perez MLS Team of the Week
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Blas Perez scored on a penalty kick in the 24th minute and added an assist in a 3-2 win for FC Dallas. Perez played the full 90 at the front of new manager Oscar Pareja's 4-2-3-1 formation. He will need to be in top form when FC Dallas travels to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

First Substitution: Pedro Morales, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Pedro Morales MLS Team of the Week
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First Substitution: Pedro Morales, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Pedro Morales MLS Team of the Week
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Pedro Morales came into Saturday's match in the 65th minute with the lead already at 2-0. He added a beautiful assist on Kenny Miller's second goal before scoring a cracker of a goal himself just before stoppage time.

Second Substitution: Chad Barrett, Seattle Sounders FC

Chad Barrett MLS Team of the Week
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Second Substitution: Chad Barrett, Seattle Sounders FC

Chad Barrett MLS Team of the Week
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Chad Barrett made an instant name for himself in Seattle when he came off the bench and scored in the 94th minute to lift the Sounders FC to victory over Sporting Kansas City.

Third Substitution: Quincy Amarikwa, Chicago Fire

Quincy Amarikwa MLS Team of the Week
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Third Substitution: Quincy Amarikwa, Chicago Fire

Quincy Amarikwa MLS Team of the Week
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Amarikwa was brought on by manager Frank Yallop to light a fire in his team, and he scored what was the game-tying goal at the time with a lovely curling ball past Dan Kennedy.

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