MLS Best XI Week 16: Talent stands out among draws

Six of the week's nine MLS matches ended in draws, but picked out the players who stood out in their matches.


Tally Hall, Houston

Hall was immense against Colorado on Sunday, stopping everything thrown at him. He made a number of acrobatic saves to deny the Rapids and earn his side a point.


Kofi Sarkodie, Houston Dynamo

On a night when the Dynamo were hard-pressed to stay organized, Sarkodie put in a disciplined, strong performance. His athleticism and pace allowed him to keep up with the Rapids for 90 minutes and proved another important performer in helping the Dynamo secure a draw.
Aurelien Collin, Sporting Kansas City

The defensive stalwart behind Sporting's run of form, Collin found himself on the scoresheet, too, as his side bested Portland. His fine defensive display further cemented his spot in this week's best XI.
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Seattle Sounders FC

It wasn't pretty on the eyes, but the Sounders earned a point from their trip to the Home Depot Center thanks in large part to a confident showing from the backline. Hurtado was instrumental in limiting the Galaxy to just two shots on target and looked perfectly comfortable in dealing with Chad Barrett and Landon Donovan.


Jackson, FC Dallas

The Brazilian fullback-turned-winger is on fire right now, and kept his good form as Dallas picked apart the Crew. His ability to seemingly waltz through opposition defenses and hit a fierce shot made him a constant threat throughout the game.
Nick LaBrocca, Chivas USA

Enjoying a career year with the Goats, LaBrocca earned his side a point at home on Saturday with an extremely well-taken goal. His technique on the goal, as well as his general positive contribution to the offense, was a big boon for Robin Fraser's side.
Osvaldo Alonso, Seattle Sounders FC

Alonso's distribution was impeccable against Los Angeles as he completed 42 of his 45 passes. Sure, he's no Xavi, but his steel defensively and ability to retain possession were second to none on Monday night.
Joel Lindpere, New York Red Bulls

Playing just tucked in from the left wing, Lindpere caused havoc for the San Jose defense throughout much of the proceedings on Saturday night. Both his goals had elements of luck, but were also evidence of the opportunism and work rate that has made the Estonian such a success in MLS.
Brek Shea, FC Dallas

Sometimes its hard to remember Shea is only 21. He produced another sterling performance in helping Dallas  overcome Columbus. His speed and technique down the left proved nearly impossible for the Crew to defend as he peppered their backline with shots and found himself in the right place at the right time to score the winning goal.


C.J. Sapong, Sporting Kansas City

Sapong cut down the Timbers on Saturday evening at JELD-WEN Field, helping his team overcome a wonder-strike from fellow rookie Darlington Nagbe by scoring his team's first and then getting a smart touch on a cross in to set up Aurelien Collin's winner.
Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake

The Costa Rican has returned from the Gold Cup with a chip on his shoulder after a poor start to 2011. While a home draw against New England was below expectations, the difficult circumstances in which Alvaro Saborio converted a penalty and assisted Fabian Espindola's equalizer make him a worthy candidate for the XI.


Jason Kreis, Real Salt Lake

Faced with playing a man down for 87 minutes of the game, Kreis got his men to respond brilliantly, coming back twice to earn a point. While his side did benefit from a few favorable calls (as did New England), he made the right changes to give RSL the best chance of getting a result, which it  ultimately achieved with Fabian Espindola's equalizer.

Formation (3-5-2):


Sarkodie - Collin - Hurtado

Jackson - LaBrocca - Alonso - Lindpere - Shea

Sapong - Saborio

Bench: Brian Perk (Los Angeles Galaxy), Jalil Anibaba (Chicago Fire), Khari Stephenson (San Jose Earthquakes), Nick LaBrocca (Chivas USA) Andy Najar (D.C. United) Fabian Espindola (Real Salt Lake), Carlos Ruiz (Philadelphia Union)


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