ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week Seventeen

Posted on 03 August 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Week Seventeen was ripe with storylines, transactions and debuts, upsets and speculation. One thing is for sure, however. There are fewer people out there denying the potency of the Henry-Angel link after this past weekend. Rightfully so as it was one of those two who took home ASN’s Player of the Week. It was a mixed debut for Thierry Henry but the same can’t be said about Chicago’s Sean Johnson. The youngster was Man of the Match in a surprising 3-2 win over league leaders Los Angeles. Highlight of the week most certainly went to Philadelphia’s Sebastien Le Toux who is quickly throwing his name into the mix for Major League Soccer MVP.

GK: Sean Johnson, Chicago – 7.5

Move over Andrew Dykstra, it’s pretty clear rookie Sean Johnson is going to yank the position from right under you. Johnson looked comfortable and willing to take a few chances in Chicago’s 3-2 outlasting of Los Angeles. Donovan’s 2 penalty conversions were the only ones that got by him. The youngster was busy in the second half, succeeding in preserving the three points.

DEF: Patrick Ianni, Seattle – 7.5

San Jose was kept quiet by an organized Sounder defense in which Ianni was front and center. Ianni has been at the core of a refocused group of Seattle defenders that has given the likes of Blaise N’Kufo and Fredy Montero a real shot at winning every game. Their last three league games have been wins with only goal let up and they have the chance to put Metapan away tonight in El Salvador.  

DEF: Jamison Olave, Real Salt Lake – 8

Olave continues to solidify himself as the best defender in this league, helping his RSL teammates shut down a desperate D.C. United attack. It was an important win for the defending champions to close out an otherwise unfulfilling July. Olave leads a backline that rarely ever breaks down in the same fashion that the Galaxy’s back four has recently. And that itself says something.

DEF: George John, FC Dallas – 8

An Atiba Harris handball unraveled a possible 1-0 shutout for the Hoops but John once again should he is a bit beyond his years with a fine performance vs. the Colorado Rapids. John had the opportunity to sit out a game and let his head injury (sustained last week) heal but he was right in the mix of things, shutting down lone striker Omar Cummings.

MID: Ben Zemanski, Chivas USA – 8

Along with Blair Gavin, Zemanski is part of one of the hardest working midfields in Major League Soccer. He never stops moving and can even get in on the attack when need be. Zemanski provided the hard-driven ball to Giancarlo Maldonado that eventually led to the third and final goal scored by youngster Carlos Borja.  

MID: Patrick Nyarko, Chicago – 7.5

The Galaxy had most of the possession and offensive build-up but Chicago converted the chances they were given. Nyarko was the architect or quite simply put, a real pain in the ass on the flanks. The speedster troubled the Galaxy defense all match and provided an assist on Collins John’s second goal of the season with a cheeky through ball.

MID: Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls – 8

Henry had a mixed outing, missing several open chances but at the same time providing two assists to Juan Pablo Angel before the Red Bulls defense broke down forthe day. We’re confident he’ll be putting those chances away in the near future but two points on his first real match with the club has to count for something.

MID: Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia – 7

Appeared to take a knock in the 14th minute, coming down gingerly off a jump for an air challenge, but came back firing, drawing a corner in the 16th minute after beating the defense to the side with his speed and getting off a shot that was blocked.   He then unleashed one of the prettiest goals of the season in the 25th minute, bending the ball so much that Beckham may or may not have called at halftime for advice.  After cutting a pass inside to Danny Mwanga, he followed it to the top of the 18, took the return pass and curled it far post to the right upper corner of the goal for his 8th of the season and a 1-0 lead. – Sam Toma, ASN Philly

FWD: Juan Pablo Angel, New York Red Bulls – 9 ASN’s PLAYER OF THE WEEK

It’s hard to see how this Angel/Henry partnership isn’t going to work. The Colombian striker is already reaping the rewards of having that playmaker in the midfield. His brace vs. Houston brought the total on the season up to 11 goals and only one goal behind Edson Buddle.

FWD: Justin Braun, Chivas USA – 7.5

Many are clamoring for Braun to get a cap in the USMNT/Brazil friendly on August 10th and with the way he has been playing recently, we can’t say we disagree. Braun rose above the Crew defense on Saturday to power home the first goal of the game in a lop-sided 3-1 Chivas USA victory over Columbus. 

Archives:

Week 16, Best XI

Midseason, Best XI

Week 15, Best XI

Week 14, Best XI

Week 13, Best XI

Week 12, Best XI

Week 11, Best XI

Week 10, Best XI

Week 9, Best XI

Week 8, Best XI

Week 7, Best XI

Week 6, Best XI

Week 5, Best XI

Week 4, Best XI

Week 3, Best XI

Week 2, Best XI

Week 1, Best XI

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