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MLS Best XI: Week 2

MLS Best XI Week 2
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The second week of action in the MLS regular season was another one full of late drama and big performances. Sporting Park and Buck Shaw Stadium saw their matches come down to the wire, while there was a sensational debut at CenturyLink Field. Here is the Best XI from Week 2 of MLS set in the standard 4-4-2.

Goalkeeper: Tally Hall, Houston Dynamo

Tally Hall MLS Best XI Week 2
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Goalkeeper: Tally Hall, Houston Dynamo

Tally Hall MLS Best XI Week 2
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Tally Hall made four saves in leading the Houston Dynamo to a 1-0 win over the short-handed Montreal Impact; it was the second clean sheet in as many weeks for the Dynamo. They have a bye this week, but travel to Vancouver to face the Whitecaps on March 29.

Right-Back: Raymon Gaddis, Philadelphia Union

Raymon Gaddis MLS Best XI Week 2
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Right-Back: Raymon Gaddis, Philadelphia Union

Raymon Gaddis MLS Best XI Week 2
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Sometimes when you put together a structured Team of the Week with set positions, it can be difficult to find players that excelled in a specific spot. That is how the outside defenders spots were in Week 2. Raymon Gaddis was the best of players who started at right-back in Week 2, helping lead his club to a shutout win over the Revolution.

Center-Back: Matt Hedges, FC Dallas

Matt Hedges MLS Best XI Week 2
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Center-Back: Matt Hedges, FC Dallas

Matt Hedges MLS Best XI Week 2
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Matt Hedges became another thorn in the side of Sporting Kansas City as his late goal split the points in a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Hedges has been a solid player for Dallas during the last few years, but this season may be his breakout year under new manager Oscar Pareja.

Center-Back: Victor Bernardez, San Jose Earthquakes

Victor Bernardez MLS Best XI Week 2
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Center Back: Victor Bernardez, San Jose Earthquakes

Victor Bernardez MLS Best XI Week 2
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The award for best season debut in the 2014 MLS Regular Season goes to Victor Bernardez of the San Jose Earthquakes. The center-back scored two goals, including the game-tying goal in the 95th minute, and added an assist in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Real Salt Lake.

Left-Back: Fabinho, Philadelphia Union

Fabinho MLS Best XI Week 2
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Left-Back: Fabinho, Philadelphia Union

Fabinho MLS Best XI Week 2
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It was very tough to find a standout left-back from this week’s crop. The position is filled by Fabinho of the Philadelphia Union this week; the club was able to shut out the desperate New England Revolution, who currently sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with zero points and a minus-5 goal differential.

Right Midfield: Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia Union

Sebastien Le Toux MLS Best XI Week 2
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Right Midfield: Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia Union

Sebastien Le Toux MLS Best XI Week 2
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The right midfielder position was a very tough one to pick with strong performances from Luke Mulholland of Real Salt Lake and Mauro Rosales of Chivas USA. The nod was given to Sebastien Le Toux, who scored a goal but also made some key defensive plays to give the Union the three points.

Central Midfield: Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake

Kyle Beckerman MLS Best XI Week 2
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Central Midfield: Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake

Kyle Beckerman MLS Best XI Week 2
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Kyle Beckerman scored a beauty of a goal early Real Salt Lake’s 3-3 draw with San Jose on Saturday. His defensive play from the midfield spot was also very solid despite the three goals allowed. He is a fringe player on the USMNT radar right now, and his continued solid play only increase his chances of wearing the red, white and blue in Brazil.

Central Midfield: Jeff Larentowicz, Chicago Fire

Jeff Larentowicz MLS Best XI Week 2
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Central Midfield: Jeff Larentowicz, Chicago Fire

Jeff Larentowicz MLS Best XI Week 2
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Central midfield had plenty of worthy candidates to fill this spot; players like Jonathan Osorio and Michael Bradley of Toronto FC, as well as Leonardo Fernandes of Philadelphia. The spot was given to Jeff Larentowicz of the Chicago Fire due to his penalty kick, which split the points with the Portland Timbers. Chicago hosts the New York Red Bulls in their 2014 home opener on Sunday.

Left Midfield: Shea Salinas, San Jose Earthquakes

Shea Salinas MLS Best XI Week 2
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Left Midfield: Shea Salinas, San Jose Earthquakes

Shea Salinas MLS Best XI Week 2
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The left midfield spot goes to another San Jose Earthquake in Shea Salinas. He ended up with two assists in the match but was also the guy through which the Earthquake offense went. He had at least six crosses and set up numerous scoring opportunities for his teammates. Salinas will look to help San Jose bounce back from their heartbreaking Champions League exit on Wednesday in Kansas City on Saturday evening.

Forward: Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC

Jermain Defoe MLS Best XI Week 2
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Forward: Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC

Jermain Defoe MLS Best XI Week 2
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I cannot remember a better league debut than that of Jermain Defoe from this past Saturday in Seattle. The British international made the Sounders pay for their defensive mistakes by scoring two goals during Toronto’s 2-1 win. He is going to be a beast this season and will surely have an impact on the playoff race in the Eastern Conference.

Forward: Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake

Joao Plata MLS Best XI Week 2
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Forward: Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake

Joao Plata MLS Best XI Week 2
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Joao Plata scored his second goal of the season and added an assist in the thrilling 3-3 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium. This is the second consecutive week that Plata has gotten on the score sheet. Plata is slowly emerging as the prime attacking option for new manager Jeff Cassar.