Team of the Week (Wk 13): After scoring two goals each, Defoe, Morales, Brown make their mark
On the back of Jermain Defoe's two-goal effort, Toronto FC pulled out another win over Columbus after they were down late. Defoe's 81st-minute goal tied the game up while Doneil Henry's goal in stoppage time handed the Reds the 3-2 win.
Up in Cascadia, there were two star turns by two different playmakers. In Seattle, Marco Pappa got his first goal of the season off of a beautiful free kick. It looks as if the Guatemalan has found his form after a rough start to the season. South of Seattle, Pedro Morales put on a show against the Portland Timbers. The Chilean playmaker took 10 shots, converting two penalty kicks, and created five other chances in the Whitecaps' 4-3 win over Portland.
Who else earned a spot on the latest Team of the Week? Read on to find out.
D: Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids) – Normally known for his attacking forays, Klute was strong along the back line in Colorado's victory over the Dynamo on Sunday night..
M: Pedro Morales (Vancouver Whitecaps) – Scored two goals and added two assists against Portland. The goals were penalties, but the pass to set up Jordan Harvey’s goal was remarkable and ended up being the game-winner.
M: Issey Nakajima-Farran (Montreal Impact) – What a great starting debut for a team in need of a spark. He was active all night, and his run past Andrew Farrell and ensuing long-range shot spurred the second Montreal goal.
Bench: Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy), Yannick Djalo (San Jose Earthquakes), Cristian Maidana (Philadelphia Union), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Kamani Hill (Colorado Rapids), Erik Hurtado (Vancouver Whitecaps), Conor Casey (Philadelphia Union)