Austin FC made quite the statement and the Philadelphia Union made some MLS history, pacing the Team of the Week presented by Audi for Week 27.

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Led by winger Diego Fagundez’s one goal (free-kick stunner) and two assists, Austin blitzed LAFC in a 4-1 win Friday to start the match week. Josh Wolff gets top coaching honors as his Verde & Black have twice dethroned the Supporters’ Shield leaders in 2022.

A hat trick from Philadelphia midfielder Daniel Gazdag spearheaded a 6-0 thumping of the man-down Colorado Rapids, all as the Union became the first club to record four six-goal wins in MLS history. Each of those results have occurred since early July, with left back Kai Wagner (one assist) also earning a Team of the Week nod for the Eastern Conference leaders.

Alongside Fagundez, forwards Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (LA Galaxy) and Federico Bernardeschi (Toronto FC) earned starting nods for 1g/1a showings that sparked their respective Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoff chases. Chicharito led a 2-1 road victory over the New England Revolution, while Bernardeschi’s production didn’t slow down in a 2-0 win at Charlotte FC.

Aside from Gazdag, the other three midfielders are as follows: Erik Thommy (Sporting Kansas City), Cristian Casseres Jr. (New York Red Bulls) and Facundo Torres (Orlando City SC).

Thommy’s all-action showing led SKC’s 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, continuing the German Bundesliga product’s considerable impact as a midseason signing. Casseres popped off for two assists in a 3-1 comeback win over Inter Miami CF, while Torres had one assist in a dynamic showing as Orlando dropped New York City FC 2-1 at home.

Joining Wagner, Nashville SC center back Jack Maher and Columbus Crew right back Steven Moreira are the other defenders. Maher scored twice in Nashville’s 3-0 win at Vancouver Whitecaps FC while marshaling a much-needed shutout, and Moreira’s 96th-minute game-winner secured a 2-2 draw at Hell is Real Derby rivals FC Cincinnati.

CF Montréal’s Sebastian Breza logged a four-save shutout in their 2-0 win at Chicago Fire FC, making several stunning stops once the visitors went down to 10 men.

Team of the Week (3-4-3, left to right): Sebastian Breza (MTL) – Kai Wagner (PHI), Jack Maher (NSH), Steven Moreira (CLB) – Erik Thommy (SKC), Cristian Casseres Jr. (RBNY), Daniel Gazdag (PHI), Facundo Torres (ORL) – Diego Fagundez (ATX), Javier Hernandez (LA), Federico Bernardeschi (TOR)

Coach: Josh Wolff (ATX)

Bench: Jonathan Bond (LA), Julio Cascante (ATX), Alan Velasco (DAL), Dairon Asprilla (POR), Lorenzo Insigne (TOR), Luis Amarilla (MIN), Tesho Akindele (ORL)

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Audi Goals Drive Progress

MLS Academies have been identified as one of the most important resources for building on-field talent in North America. Through the Audi Goals Drive Progress initiative, Audi has committed $1 million per season in an effort to advance academies league-wide, and to drive progress for the sport. For every goal scored in the regular season, Audi will contribute $500 into the Audi Goals Drive Progress fund to directly support each MLS Club Youth Academy.