After spending much of the season in the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Union had a golden opportunity to leapfrong a team ahead of them in the standings, and that's is exactly what they did this week.
In two games against Toronto FC the Union conceded no goals and collected all six points, placing them in fifth place in the East and three points ahead of the Canadian side, and their defensive prowess this week is reflected in the selection.
North of the Union on I-95, another team is just hitting their stride at the right time. The New England Revolution have now won four games in a row after losing eight in a row in the middle of the season. Spurred by the addition of Jermaine Jones and the play of MVP candidate Lee Nguyen, the Revolution beat Sporting Kansas City and the Chicago Fire on their way to a six point week.
Who else earned a spot on the latest Team of the Week? Read on to find out.
D: Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union) – Solid in both games against Toronto despite playing out of position. His composure and athleticism were on full display as the Union beat Toronto 2-0 on Saturday.
M: Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers) – Pulled all the strings for Portland, having a hand in all three Timbers goals and working his magic to almost create a few others as the Timbers drew 3-3 with the Earthquakes.
Coach: Jim Curtin (Philadelphia Union) – Has had the Union firing on all cylinders since taking over earlier this year and topped off this week by climbing above TFC into a playoff spot.
Bench: Jon Busch (San Jose Earthquakes), Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Baggio Husidic (LA Galaxy), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)