Team of the Matchday

Team of the Matchday: Who joins Arango, Bernardeschi among Matchday 15 elite?

Rivalry Week presented by Continental Tire ended on a high note, especially as Real Salt Lake striker Cristian Arango and Toronto FC winger Federico Bernardeschi found their shooting boots.


Arango had 2g/1a in RSL's thrilling 5-3 win over the Colorado Rapids in the Rocky Mountain Cup, further making his case for Landon Donovan MLS MVP honors. Meanwhile, Bernardeschi produced his first MLS hat trick in Toronto's 5-1 rout of CF Montréal – the Reds' biggest-ever margin of victory over their Canadian Classique rival.

Nick Cushing's New York City FC squad has won six of their last seven games, the latest being Saturday's 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls. Hannes Wolf produced 1g/1a to help the hosts reclaim Hudson River Derby bragging rights.

Luciano Acosta (1g/2a) took over FC Cincinnati's 3-1 win over St. Louis CITY SC, his eighth-straight match with a goal contribution. Dániel Gazdag (2g/0a) paced the Philadelphia Union's 3-0 win at the New England Revolution, scoring alongside Julián Carranza in the same match for the 16th time in regular-season play (most by any pair of teammates in MLS history).

Dani Pereira (0g/2a) was immense in Austin FC's 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City, helping keep Q2 Stadium a fortress. Robin Lod (1g/1a) was a game-changer off the bench, sparking Minnesota United FC's 2-1 comeback victory vs. the Portland Timbers.

The backline has three no-nonsense center backs: Erik Sviatchenko (Houston Dynamo FC), Rudy Camacho (Columbus Crew) and Wilder Cartagena (Orlando City SC). Houston settled for a 1-1 draw vs. FC Dallas in the Texas Derby, Columbus snagged a 3-1 win at Chicago Fire FC, and Orlando earned a late 1-0 win at the San Jose Earthquakes.

Lastly, Kristijan Kahlina made five saves as Charlotte FC earned their fourth-straight shutout – this time a 0-0 result vs. LA Galaxy.


Team of the Matchday (3-4-3, left to right): Kristijan Kahlina (CLT) - Erik Sviatchenko (HOU), Rudy Camacho (CLB), Wilder Cartagena (ORL) - Luciano Acosta (CIN), Dániel Gazdag (PHI), Dani Pereira (ATX), Robin Lod (MIN) - Hannes Wolf (NYC), Cristian Arango (RSL), Federico Bernardeschi (TOR)

Coach: Nick Cushing (NYC)

Bench: Maarten Paes (DAL), Tayvon Gray (NYC), Deybi Flores (TOR), Bartosz Slisz (ATL), Andrés Gómez (RSL), Jáder Obrian (ATX), Ryan Gauld (VAN), Leonardo Campana (MIA), Jack Lynn (ORL)

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