Goal.com's MLS Best XI: Week 26

There was plenty of action to be found during the past week in MLS and Goal.com breaks down the best performances of the 10 games.

Bouna Condoul, New York Red Bulls: Although New York had the better of the weekend's marquee matchup, the Red Bulls still needed Bouna Coundoul on a few occasions. He was confident coming off his line and made a great stop on a trademark David Beckham free kick to preserve a clean sheet for his team.


Sheanon Williams, Philadelphia Union: Since Sheanon Williams joined the Union roster at the end of August, the Union has gone 2-1-1 in MLS play, conceding only two goals. While Brad Knighton surely deserves credit since entering the lineup, Williams has been a revelation at right back, shoring up the Union defense and using his athleticism to pop up all over the field, a trend he continued with a fine performance against Chivas USA.

Carlos Mendes, New York Red Bulls:
Often overshadowed by rookie sensation Tim Ream, Carlos Mendes has nonetheless held down a starting spot with some fine performances in 2010. His ability was once again on display against Los Angeles as he was largely responsible for shutting down Edson Buddle and, along with Bouna Coundoul, was a major factor in his team's clean sheet.

Nat Borchers, Real Salt Lake: One of the few regular starters fielded by Jason Kreis on Saturday against Colorado, Borchers never looked fatigued, putting in an exemplary 90 minutes at the back before rushing forward to bag an injury-time equalizer for Salt Lake.

Kosuke Kimura, Colorado Rapids: A fixture in the Rapids lineup all season long, Kimura has been one of the best full backs in MLS through the second half of the season and showed why with another fine display against Real Salt Lake. He exploited the weakness of RSL's flanks to assist Conor Casey's opener and was lively all game long.


David Ferreira, FC Dallas:
Ferreira was once again at his best in FC Dallas' two games this week. Against New England, he made up for a first half penalty miss by putting away his second penalty before setting up Jeff Cunningham's late equalizer. He then went on to pull the strings all game long versus Kansas City and came away with two more assists.

Pablo Mastroeni, Colorado Rapids:
Real Salt Lake may have topped Colorado in the midfield battle for most of Saturday's game, but not through any lack of effort from Pablo Mastroeni. He put on a display that any defensive midfielder should study, breaking up many Salt Lake attacks and doing his best to elevate the level of play of those around him.

Shalrie Joseph, New England Revolution: The MLS veteran was dominant at the heart of New England's midfield in both games the Revolution played this week, scoring a goal in each game and giving it his all for 180 minutes. Although he conceded a late penalty against Columbus, it was not enough to detract from an otherwise stellar week.

Joel Lindpere, New York Red Bulls: Joel Lindpere was for the Red Bulls what every Galaxy fan hoped Landon Donovan could have been on Friday night. He moved the ball up and down the left flank with ease, provided and excellent outlet for Rafa Marquez's passing, and created a number of threats of his own.


Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes: A presence for San Jose all season long, Wondolowski has exploded into the MVP race in the last few weeks. Against Toronto, he grabbed himself a hat-trick, including his league-leading seventh game winning goal of the season. His movement and trickery have made him a breakout player this season and will continue to trouble MLS defenses in the remainder of the season and well into the playoffs.

Geovanni, San Jose Earthquakes: Behind Wondolowski's hat-trick performance was the immeasurable Geovanni. He was at the heart of nearly every attacking move put together by San Jose and is quickly coming to form an understanding with the players around him that San Jose fans hope will lead to a higher offensive output from a usually goal-starved team.

Formation (4-4-2):

Geovanni - Wondolowski

Lindpere - Joseph - Mastroeni - Ferreira

Kimura - Borchers - Mendes - Williams


Bench: Brad Knighton, Philadelphia Union; Jeff Parke, Seattle Sounders FC; Osvaldo Alonso, Seattle Sounders FC; Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo; Andy Najar, D.C. United; Kei Kamara, Kansas City Wizards; Ilija Stolica, New England Revolution

Coach of the Week

Schellas Hyndman, FC Dallas:
The FC Dallas head coach gets the nod this week for  engineering his team's comeback from a two-goal deficit against New England and a 3-1 away victory against Kansas City, a side coming off arguably its biggest win of the season. His clever substitutions were a particular highlight of his management, with Jeff Cunningham scoring two goals off the bench, among other strong sub performances. Furthermore, he did well to exploit Kansas City's tired legs by attacking from the get-go, a strategy that saw his team go two goals up in the first 12 minutes.

Referee of the Week

Paul Ward, New England-Columbus:
A lack of penalty calls is a common complaint about MLS referees, and not only did Ward issue two penalties in New England's 2-2 draw with Columbus on Saturday evening, but they were both the correct calls. Other than the penalty calls, Ward did an excellent job of controlling what could have become a very physical game.

Nick Rosano is a NorCal-based contributor for Goal.com. Follow him on Twitter @nicholasrosano for more MLS insight and the occasional moment of hilarity.

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