What is this? A 4-3-3? Does anyone even use this formation?
Coach of the Week - Marco Schallibaum (MTL Impact) – Promoted from last week’s assistants bench, any coach who wins back-to-back games in the Cascada division should be praised.
Assistant’s Bench – Jay Heaps (NE Revolution), Frank Yallop (SJ Earthquakes), Ryan Nelsen (Toronto FC) – The first two managers made key substitutions (found on our subs bench) that claimed all three points for their respective teams. The third, former QPR defender Nelsen won his debut against a very good SKC team.
Captain’s Armband –
GK Matt Reis (NE Revolution) – How his [first half save] wasn’t nominated for MLS Save of the Week is a travesty but this should stop any talk of a keeper controversy with Bobby Shuttlesworth.
FOR Robert Earnshaw (Toronto FC) – A first half brace would normally give Earnshaw a shot at the Captain’s Armband, but I’m an insufferable homer.
FOR Jerry Bengston (NE Revolution) – His header being [the lone goal ]was the product of a long night of frustrating a Chicago backline.
FOR Kenny Miller (VAN Whitecaps) – This Whitecaps team looks scary good right now and Miller is a big part of that. His teammate in the midfield below is another reason.
MID Daigo Kobayashi (VAN Whitecaps) – A brilliant long distance strike to open the game against Portland and led the ‘Caps attack for most of the game.
MID Patrice Bernier (MTL Impact) – Game winning assist but should get more credit for shutting down Portland’s Diego Valeri (part of TotW #1).
MID Kalifa Cisse (NE Revolution) – Tried to avoid going Revs heavy, but the newcomer to the Revs midfield along with Lee Nguyen and Juan Toja (and later sub Kelyn Rowe) finally have brought the creativity in the midfield that has been missing in recent years.
DEF Andrew Farrell (NE Revolution) – Last week MLS was raving about Seattle rookie DeAndre Yedlin, this week they should be raving about the number one SuperDraft pick. His speed and technical skill are very apparent, and when he learns to control himself and make better decisions he will be a force.
DEF Hassoun Camara (MTL Impact) –[ Goal of the Week ]and clubhouse leader for Goal of the Year and was another key part in shutting down the potent Timbers attack.
DEF Amobi Okugo (PHI Union) – Another young defender getting on the score sheet and having an all around great day.
DEF Darren O’Day (Toronto FC) – When your head coach is a former defender in the EPL giving you praise after a win, that’s TotW material.
SUB Adam Jahn (SJ Earthquakes) – Easily could have been in the first team, but I like to give credit to the subs. His equalizer against NY was first class and his header in the final minutes drew the game winning penalty.
SUB Kelyn Rowe (NE Revolution) – Had an immediate impact coming in for rookie Donnie Smith in the second half. Played an integral part of the winning goal, not just with his precision assist to Jerry Bengston on the back post, but winning the clearance off a Revs corner.
SUB Antoine Hoppenot (PHI Union) – Game winning assist on Jack McInerney’s after coming on with 20 minutes left for Sebastian Le Toux.