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Another fine week for the West.

Goalkeeper

Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake: Though he didn't face Philadelphia in midweek, Rimando came up big against Columbus on Saturday, making a string of key saves to keep a clean sheet and keep Salt Lake right in the thick of the Supporter's Shield race.

Defenders

Tony Beltran, Real Salt Lake: A player that often flies under the radar when talking about Salt Lake's success, Beltran reminded the fans of his capacity to contribute with two solid performances, especially on Saturday, when he kept the Columbus wingers quiet for the whole game and allowed his own teammates to be more aggressive going forward.

Tim Ream, New York Red Bulls: Tim Ream did nothing to hurt his Rookie of the Year chances with two fine performances in important games. He was a big contributor in helping to shut down the Toronto offense in the midweek and even though he was on the losing side against Los Angeles on the weekend, his no-nonsense defending made him a standout in that game.

Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles Galaxy: Having just earned his first national team cap, Gonzalez returned to his club full of confidence and looking to continue his run in the national team. This was only a good thing for Los Angeles, as he was largely responsible for keeping New York's marquee forward tandem in check.

Bobby Convey, San Jose Earthquakes: With the Earthquakes' defense ravaged by injuries, Convey was shifted into a less familiar left back role and it was his ability to cope that helped carry San Jose to a much-needed victory. He recovered from an early mistake to keep Kei Kamara quiet and provide excellent support from the flanks.



Midfielders

David Ferreira, FC Dallas: The Hoops are arguably the hottest team in MLS at the moment and David Ferreira is the biggest reason why. Ferreira notched a goal and helped to set up another as FC Dallas cruised to a 3-1 away win against a hapless D.C. United side.

Khari Stephenson, San Jose Earthquakes: Although he was just signed in the midweek, the Jamaican international fit seamlessly into the San Jose midfield and added a more attacking feel to the Earthquakes' style, especially in the first half of Saturday's victory over Kansas City. His willingness to attack the ball and his inch-perfect service, including the cross that led to the game-winning goal were two of the most noticeable aspects of his performance.

Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake: Without a doubt the best player in MLS this week, Morales was in imperious form in Salt Lake's victory over Columbus. Not only did he score on two fine strikes, he was engine that drove Salt Lake's midfield all game long. When you have a player like Morales, who needs a Designated Player?

Joel Lindpere, New York Red Bulls: Lindpere scored the game-winning goal in the Eastern Conference playoff showdown with Toronto FC and distinguished himself as New York's most consistent midfield performer over the team's two games this week. With New York's new DP signings still settling into the side, Lindpere is doing plenty to hold the team together on the pitch and will only improve with players like Henry and Marquez around him.



Forwards

Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia Union: The Frenchman continued his fine vein of form this season, notching a pair of assists in Philadelphia's two games this week. Stats aside, Le Toux is the kind of player who will work for 90 minutes to fashion chances for himself and his teammates, making him an invaluable asset to the league's newest team.




Edson Buddle, Los Angeles Galaxy:
Buddle came up with a crucial goal in Saturday's showdown of the heavy weights, making a well-timed run onto Juninho's defense-splitting ball and slotting it past Bouna Condoul. Although he missed a fine chance to put the game away, his goal stood as the winner  and he comes away with a deserved spot in this week's best XI.

Formation (4-4-2):


Rimando
Beltran - Ream - Gonzalez - Convey
Ferreira - Stephenson - Morales - Lindpere
LeToux - Buddle

Bench:

Joe Cannon, San Jose Earthquakes; Nat Borchers, Real Salt Lake; Eric Alexander, FC Dallas; Tony Tchani, New York Red Bulls Juninho, Los Angeles Galaxy; Ilia Stolica, New England Revolution; Danny Mwanga, Philadelphia Union


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