So were trying to get out the first batch of power rankings, but before that we're unveiling a new MLS Team of the Week entry, that will run normally midweek (Tuesday or Wednesday) with the Power Rankings. I know what your saying, that I can't even finish three months of power rankings, I can't even get the first week of entries out on time, how can I possible put out a team of the week as well. We're working on that.
So here's the short version on how this works: 11 players will be selected each week, usually in a 3-4-3 formation (that's 3 defenders, 4 midfielders and 3 forwards and 1 goalkeeper for you non-soccer formation savvy readers). One player will be selected to wear the captain's armband as the Player of the Week and there will also be a Coach of the Week (and honorable mention assistants) and (if we can find them) three substitues to round out the team. Honorable mentions to keepers might be thrown in there as well. So here goes.
Coach of the Week: Caleb Porter (POR Timbers) - [Mike Petke isn't going to like this], after all I'm giving the nod to Porter who rallied the Timbers in his coaching debut from a 3-1 halftime deficit.
Assistant’s Bench – Marco Schallibaum (MTL Impact) – A win at Seattle for a team that had only 9 points on the road all last season. Very impressive debut for the veteran Swiss coach.
Captain’s Armband – FOR Mike Magee (LA Galaxy) – The first member of Hat Trick Town FC 2013 and the defending MLS Champions are still rolling. And Landon Donovan isn’t even back from vacation yet.
GK Bill Hamid (DC United) – I don’t care that DC lost 2-0 to Houston. Hamid was the only person standing in the way of a more lopsided scoreline, including a PK save on Brad Davis in the first half.
FOR Federico Higuain (Columbus CREW) - The 2012 MLS Newcomer of the Year shows no signs of slowing down in 2013.
FOR Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake) - Two goals to start the season against San Jose might just remind the Western Conference that RSL is still really good.
MID Deigo Valeri (POR Timbers) - [Just watch this.] Equalizing on your debut at JELD-WEN in that fashion? Ridiculous.
MID Davy Arnaud (MON Impact) - Veteran player organized the Impact defense and provided the game winning assist to Montreal's shock victory at Seattle.
MID Ricardo Clark (HOU Dynamo) - With more preformances like that, Clark could find his way back into the USMNT rotation.
MID Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) - And it's preformances like that which remind US fans why Zusi is so dangerous at any level.
DEF Gershon Koffie (VAN Whitecaps) - Ok, so Koffie is a defensive midfielder, but a game winning goal and a shutout allows me to bend the rules of my own team of the week.
DEF DeAndre Yedlin (SEA Sounders) - MLs is raving about what this young man can do, the 19 year old homegrown player who ironically played for Caleb Porter at Akron...if youre into Cascadia Cup rivalries (and you should be.)
DEF Jamison Olave (NY Red Bulls) - Own goal aside, this guy had a tremendous game on both sides of the field including NY's third goal. Was he ball watching on the second goal? Probably, but the Red Bulls formation fell apart too often in the second half, leaving him stranded in the center.
SUB DEF Brad Rusin (VAN Whitecaps) - Playing over 80 minutes for the injured Jay DeMerit helping the Caps get a shutout.
SUB FOR Joao Plata (Real Salt Lake) - Provided a great spart off the bench and immeadiately impacted the scoreline, assisting on Saborio's first goal.