Head coach Paulo Nagamura gets top coaching honors after his Dynamo served Supporters’ Shield-leading LAFC a 2-1 upset. Panamanian international Adalberto Carrasquilla bossed the middle of the park and notched an assist, while goalkeeper Steve Clark made six saves and center back Tim Parker’s heroics earned a bench spot.
Meanwhile, the Timbers earned a 2-1 road win over Austin FC, the West’s second-place team. US international midfielder Eryk Williamson had an assist and helped dictate the match, while center back Zac McGraw’s second-half goal stood as the game-winner and supplemented some aerial defensive dominance.
Carrasquilla and Williamson are joined in midfield by Nashville SC star Hany Mukhtar, whose hat trick stole the show in a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. He’s now up to 30 goal contributions this season and is one off the Golden Boot presented by Audi lead.
The other midfielder is LA Galaxy rising star Riqui Puig, who bagged his first MLS goal since joining this summer from Spanish giants FC Barcelona. Puig’s long-range screamer salvaged a 2-2 draw at Toronto FC.
Alongside McGraw, the backline features D.C. United’s Steve Birnbaum and Columbus Crew’s Milos Degenek. Birnbaum’s second-half goal was the game-winner as D.C. served NYCFC a 2-1 defeat, breathing upbeat vibes into Christian Benteke’s Black-and-Red debut. Degenek, an Australian international, helped lead a 1-0 shutout of Inter Miami CF in a crucial Eastern Conference six-pointer.
The forward trio is spearheaded by Philadelphia Union striker Mikael Uhre, whose 1g/1a showing was massive in a 4-1 thumping of Atlanta United that booked the East leaders an Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs spot.
Facundo Torres’ own 1g/1a performance – his coming off the bench – sparked a 3-2 comeback win over Seattle Sounders FC for Orlando City SC, who are riding a four-game win streak into next week’s 2022 US Open Cup Final vs. USL Championship side Sacramento Republic FC.
Team of the Week (3-4-3, left to right): Steve Clark (HOU) – Steve Birnbaum (DC), Zac McGraw (POR), Milos Degenek (CLB) – Eryk Williamson (POR), Hany Mukhtar (NSH), Riqui Puig (LA), Adalberto Carrasquilla (HOU) – Lewis Morgan (RBNY), Mikael Uhre (PHI), Facundo Torres (ORL)
Coach: Paulo Nagamura (HOU)
Bench: Djordje Petrovic (NE), Tim Parker (HOU), Steven Moreira (CLB), Randall Leal (NSH), Daniel Gazdag (PHI), Douglas Costa (LA), Jefferson Savarino (RSL)
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.