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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 4: Watch out, 2010 Ferreira is back!

Posted on 12 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Dimunitive attackers had their way in Week 4. FC Dallas’ David Ferreira, Philadelphia’s Roger Torres, and Houston’s Danny Cruz and Brad Davis (okay, to call Davis diminutive might be a bit of a stretch) all had significant impact on their respective matches this past weekend. Salt Lake displayed their depth, landing a “reserve” on the Best XI after a sound 2-0 defeat of New England. The Union, meanwhile, posted a third 1-0 shutout for the season. This one over the New York Red Bulls and an increasingly familiar figure was a big part of shutting down an attack that boasts Henry, Agudelo, and the speedy Dane Richards. 

ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 4

GK: Kasey Keller (Seattle)

The old man has still got it in him there’s no disputing that. Thankfully, for Sounders fans, Zakuani and Rosales have spearheaded a reawakening for Seattle’s offense but it was Keller’s performance that secured the win vs. Chicago. The veteran had clutch saves on a particularly active and impressive Chicago offense.

DEF: Carlos Valdes (Philadelphia)

The gatekeeper to the penalty area was stingy with entry against New York, as Valdes played ballhawk in the Union’s final third, refusing to let anything get over his head.  Further, when tested directly, Carlos dispossessed his man straight up several times.  Some may say that Thierry Henry had a down game, but that is downplaying the job Carlos did to make that the case. Valdes was the most important factor in ensuring that the Union’s goal remained untouched for a 3rd time in 4 games. – Sam Toma, ASN Philly

It’s Valdes’ second time making ASN’s Best XI, to go with one Bench appearance.

DEF: Chad Marshall (Columbus)

The Crew have now posted three consecutive shutouts. Unfortunately, for Marshall – the leader of the Columbus defense – the offense is having trouble with consistency. Marshall, in his second consecutive Best XI, kept the Goats silent and organized and kept a defense, that started 2011 on the wrong foot, composed and impenetrable.

DEF: Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

Could the Shea experiment at centerback be over now? Schellas Hyndman moved Brek Shea out to left back in their 3-0 win over Colorado and a lot of good things happened. Sound defensively, Shea also made dangerous overlapping runs that kept Colorado guessing and allowed David Ferreira and Fabian Castillo to roam free. A left flank of Shea and Castillo – even though it’s still early in the season – could be one of the best in league.

MID: Collen Warner (Real Salt Lake)

Real Salt Lake has its’ sights set on winning the CONCACAF Champions League so a team made up mostly of reserves trotted out to take on undefeated New England side at Foxboro. Led by Warner, Salt Lake showed it had depth, handily dispatching Shalrie Joseph and friends 2-0 and giving guys like Morales, Rimando, and Olave some much needed rest. Warner played the architect in the win, assisting on both goals.

MID: Brad Davis (Houston)

The Dynamo grabbed their first three points of the season, blitzing a Vancouver team that were missing key pieces and coming off a midweek game. Davis, providing the service on all three Houston goals, made sure . The traffic flowed through the veteran playmaker and Davis distributed well. Davis wasn’t alone, though, getting help from Danny Cruz on the wings.

MID: Roger Torres (Philadelphia

Came on for Carlos Ruiz in the 67th minute.  Waited all of 30 seconds to change the game (we were actually able to time it at 13 seconds from the time the restart occurred to the time the ball hit the back of the net), barely staying onside on a breakaway with Danny Mwanga off of a turnover, receiving the ball and calmly putting it past Bouna Coundoul into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.  For the rest of his time on the pitch, Torres was an unquestionably positive influence on the match for the Union.  Torres got into space, kept possession and switched fields effectively, all of which wasted precious seconds and served to prevent the Red Bulls from ever mounting a serious challenge to the Philadelphia goal in the waning moments.  Most importantly, he turned the atmosphere from a healthy buzz to simply electric, whipping the supporters into a frenzy with his goal and then keeping them on the edge of their seats every time he touched the ball.  Easily the performance of the year thus far for young Torres.Sam Toma, ASN Philly

MID: Danny Cruz (Houston)

At times it seemed like Vancouver had forgotten Cruz was even on the pitch. The speedster had his way up and down the flanks and if his finishing was any better, he could have thrilled Robertson Stadium even more with multiple tallies. Instead, a great performance from a young player who the Dynamo expect a lot out of this season and in the future.

MID: Steve Zakuani (Seattle)

His gamewinner alone should earn him a spot on the Best XI. The “easy pass” doesn’t come so easy to Zakuani but when given the chance, he has the ability to take over a game. It was White and the former Zip that linked up to get the go-ahead goal and eventual gamewinner in the 25th minute vs. Chicago. He terrorized the Fire defense and had the presence of mind to sense Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson leaving the near post open instead of playing the easy (and probably smart) ball at the penalty spot.

FWD: David Ferreira (FC Dallas) *ASN’s PLAYER OF THE WEEK*

Sure, Ferreira probably would rather drop two goals in last year’s MLS Cup final to lead FC Dallas to victory but  – seeing as that didn’t happen – why not settle for a rematch at the outset of the 2011 season? The diminutive attacker was omnipotent in a 3-0 drubbing of defending champs Colorado, scoring twice and earning Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week award (as well as ours!). Even if he only managed one goal, his goal celebration should have landed him on the Best XI as well. Ferreira pulled a pacifier out of his shorts

FWD: O’Brian White (Seattle)

Just when you think Sigi Schmid may opt to start someone else at striker, White starts showing why he was there in the first place. The UConn product powered home a beautiful header to start the scoring in the 7th minute before the Fire’s Diego Chaves equalized no more than a minute later. Not content to give up the win at home, White supplied Zakuani with the distribution that led to the gamewinner.

Bench: Teemu Tainio (RBNY), Daniel Hernandez (FC Dallas), Bobby Boswell (Houston), Stefan Frei (Toronto FC), Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas), David Beckham (Los Angeles), Chris Korb (DC United), Diego Chaves (Chicago), Chris Schuler (Salt Lake), Davide Chiumiento (Vancouver)

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