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MLS: Highlights From Week 22

Top 5 Stories From Week 22

MLS Week 22 Highlights
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There were a lot of stories to come out of Week 22 for MLS. There were some shocking surprises and also some huge accomplishments. Here are this week's highlights.

5. Diego Valeri Scored a Beautiful Goal

Diego Valeri MLS Week 22
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5. Diego Valeri Scored a Beautiful Goal

Diego Valeri MLS Week 22

Diego Valeri continues to be an amazing striker, which is just what the Portland Timbers need. He may not have a high goal tally, but the goals he does score are absolutely gorgeous. This week, Valeri scored a long-range screamer that shocked Chivas USA. It is up for Goal of the Week, and it should win the award.

4. San Jose Earthquakes Held Rising LA Galaxy to a Draw

San Jose Earthquakes LA Galaxy MLS Week 22
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4. San Jose Earthquakes Held Rising LA Galaxy to a Draw

San Jose Earthquakes LA Galaxy MLS Week 22

San Jose Earthquakes have been struggling this season, but is now slowly on the rise. It faced tough rivals LA Galaxy, and with the help of new Designated Player Matias Perez Garcia it was able to hold Galaxy to a draw.

3. Seattle Sounders Return to the Top

Seattle Sounders MLS Week 22
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3. Seattle Sounders Return to the Top

Seattle Sounders MLS Week 22

Seattle Sounders had been dominating MLS this season, but then began to falter. After many losses, it has now began to hold its ground at top. This Sunday, Seattle beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0, which is the first step in returning to its reign.

2. Nick Rimando Breaks MLS Shutout Record

Nick Rimando Shut Out MLS Week 22
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2. Nick Rimando Breaks MLS Shutout Record

Nick Rimando Shut Out MLS Week 22

Nick Rimando has a lot to be proud of this week. Rimando had another clean sheet and broke the shutout record in the process. This was his 113th regular-season shutout, and it certainly will not be his last. The USMNT has a lot to look forward to with Rimando in its squad.

1. Landon Donovan Retires

Landon Donovan Retires Week 22
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1. Landon Donovan Retires

Landon Donovan Retires Week 22

This biggest news of the week was the announcement of Landon Donovan's retirement on Thursday. It was a bit shocking to all, but everyone is thankful for the time Donovan gave to MLS. Whether he is the greatest player in American soccer is arguable, but he is definitely the most important player for U.S. soccer. Thanks LD.