Team of the Week (Wk 16): Young guns take the spotlight after World Cup break
Two golazos from two 21-year-old strikers highlighted the first MLS action in two weeks over the weekend.
After a hard earned draw in Vancouver on Wednesday night, the Montreal Impact returned home on Sunday night to face the Houston Dynamo. They ended up dominating the struggling Texas side 3-0. The highlight of the night was Jack McInerney's acrobatic second goal that left him, and the rest of us, shocked at what had just occurred.
Real Salt Lake are winless in their last five games and on Saturday night they were undone by a strike from Erick "Cubo" Torres. Torres hit a cross from Tony Lochhead, another Chivas representative on Team of the Week, first time in a goal that was reminiscent of Tim Cahill's against the Netherlands at the World Cup.
Who else earned a spot on the latest Team of the Week? Read on to find out.
D: Heath Pearce (Montreal Impact) – The veteran has settled into a starting role in Montreal, helping the club keep two clean sheets this week.
M: Gonzalo Pineda (Seattle Sounders) – Was in the middle of everything Seattle did on offense, and key to their counter-attacking approach. The former Mexican international helped the Sounders top D.C. United 1-0 in the battle of two conference heavyweights.
M: Vicente Sanchez (Colorado Rapids) – His playmaking abilities opened up Colorado’s offense, and of course his usual antics – his bicycle kick attempt namely – made for an entertaining performance.
F: Erick Torres (Chivas USA) – His 35th minute wonderstrike was enough for his team to capture their first win since May 11th.
F: Jack McInerney (Montreal Impact) – His movement caused problems for the Dynamo defense all night, resulting in two goals and many more chances.
Coach: Jim Curtin (Philadelphia Union) - The Union performed well in the US Open Cup over the World Cup break with Curtin at the helm and that form continued in their 3-1 win over the Revolution at Foxborough.
Bench: Troy Perkins (Montreal Impact), Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Deshorn Brown (Colorado Rapids)