MLS Week 23 Team of the Week

By MLSAces
Aug. 14, 2017

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Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

GK: Sean Johnson, New York City FC

2x Team of the Week

Sean Johnson did his best "Tim Howard vs Belgium" impression this week against the Galaxy. Johnson shutout the Galaxy against a full strength lineup featuring Romain Allesandrini and both Dos Santos brothers. In the process of shutting out the Galaxy, Sean Johnson was able to record five saves, and five beautiful saves at that.

DEF: Justin Morrow, Toronto FC

1x Team of the Week

Justin Morrow was able to get a Gold Cup call up for the USMNT and has had a very good season for TFC. This week Toronto played strong defense and only allowed one goal to Diego Valeri and the Portland Timbers. In the process of the 4-1 win Morrow was able to score two goals on his offensive impact.

DEF: Michael Murillo, New York Red Bulls

2x Team of the Week

Murillo has been a fantastic surprise for the Red Bulls this season. Murillo's defense was fantastic this week as he and the three man back of the Red Bulls only allowed one goal to Orlando City. Murillo's defense was one of the better performances of anyone this season as he slowed the attack of Cyle Larin, Yoshi, and Kaka.

DEF: Matt Hedges, FC Dallas

5x Team of the Week

FC Dallas drew 0-0 this week with the Colorado Rapids. Great part of Dallas shutting out the Rapids was due in part of tall USMNT centerback Matt Hedges. Hedges showed one of the most dominant defensive performances this season up there with Michael Murillo is this week and Kendal Waston of earlier this season. Though the Rapids offense is weak, Hedges intercepted and killed all the attacks of Kevin Doyle, Dominique Badji, and Shkelzen Gashi.

DEF: Antonio Delamea, New England Revolution

3x Team of the Week

This week saw the return of Antonio Delamea to the MLS Aces Team of the Week list. Delamea has impressed enough this season to where he has had some European play for his national team. Delamea had a great week and was the key leader in the Revs shutout against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Delamea seemed to be in the middle of all offensive sprouts by Fredy Montero and Christian Techera.

MID: Marco Delgado, Toronto FC

1x Team of the Week

Marco Delgado may be one of the lost names in the TFC midfield but he was a key player in their win over Portland this week. Delgado was able to assist on Victor Vazquez's 72nd minute goal to put TFC up 2-0. Only a few minutes later Delgado was able to put away a goal of his own and put Portland up 4-0 at that point. Put with a midfield of Michael Bradley, Victor Vazquez, Marco Delado, Jonathan Osorio and others will keep TFC firing on all cylinders.

MID: Sean Davis, New York Red Bulls

1x Team of the Week

The replacement for Dax McCarthy hasn't gone over EXACTLY how the Red Bulls thought it would go but Sean Davis has been a quality starter all season long. Davis has thrived in the Red Bulls new formation change and was a factor on two of the Red Bulls three goals against OC. Davis first assisted on BWP's 60th minute goal and followed that up by scoring a goal in the 80th minute for the Red Bulls.

MID: Blerim Dzemaili, Montreal Impact

3x Team of the Week

Dzemaili has easily been the most underrated signing this season. He has changed how the Montreal Impact have played their midfield and given them another talented playmaker besides Piatti. Dzemaili had a hell of a week as he started the scoring for the Impact in the 69th minute and put away his second of the game in extra time. What Dzemaili does for the team may go unnoticed by most but it is something people should look into.

MID: Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact

6x Team of the Week

I mentioned him before when talking abour Dzemaili, but Piatti had himself a great week as a leader of the Impact. Piatti did all of his damage this week in extra time for the Impact. Piatti put away a penalty kick in the 90th minute to put away the Union for sure. Piatti then assisted on Dzemaili's second goal of the game in extra time as well. Piatti is the man around Montreal and needed if the Impact want to make a late run at the playoffs.

FOR: Alberth Elis, Houston Dynamo

1x Team of the Week

Alberth Elis was a significant signing for the Dynamo this offseason that has paid off as well as any other to start his young MLS career. Elis gave the Dynamo a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute as he put away a ball served to him from Boniek Garcia. Elis then put away the game for sure late as he assisted on the goal scored by Vicente Sanchez in the 86th minute.

FOR: Vicente Sanchez, Houston Dynamo

1x Team of the Week

Coming on as a late sub and making an immediate impact is one way to get more minutes in any form of soccer. Sanchez put away the game late with a 86th minute goal and then put the Dynamo up 3-0 when he assisted on a goal scored by Mauro Manotas. Sanchez was a depth signing to start the season and at the ripe age of 37, he will be a needed depth piece heading into the playoffs.

Bench:

GK: Tim Howard, Colorado Rapids

3x Team of the Week

-0 goals allowed

-Six saves

-Tie

DEF: Kemar Lawrence, New York Red Bulls

5x Team of the Week

-1 goal allowed

-Win

-1 assist

DEF: Ben Sweat, New York City FC

2x Team of the Week

-0 goals allowed

-Win

-1 assist

MID: Christian Roldan, Seattle Sounders

3x Team of the Week

-Win

-1 assist

-Key defensive midfield piece

MID: Kellyn Rowe, New England Revolution

1x Team of the Week

-Win

-1 assist

-Key defensive midfield piece

FOR: Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders

6x Team of the Week

-1 goal

-Game winning goal

-Win

FOR: Luis Silva, Real Salt Lake

1x Team of the Week

-Win

-1 goal

-1 game winning goal