MLS Best XI Week 21: Real Salt Lake, Portland and Chivas USA place two each

Three Western Conference teams posted big wins in week 21, earning them each two spots on the Best XI.

Dan Kennedy, Chivas USA: While the Chivas offense was nothing to laugh about, Kennedy came up with perhaps two of the biggest plays en route to a road win for his playoff-chasing side. He made some excellent stops throughout the game, including one in injury time to save a goal and could not really be faulted for either of New England's goals (one of them a penalty).


Steven Beitashour, San Jose Earthquakes: Beitashour pinged in one of his trademark crosses right onto the head of Alan Gordon to give the Earthquakes a valuable equalizer. Additonally, his speed and stamina up and down the right flank ensured a limited threat from the pacy Timbers on his side, keeping his team comfortably in the game.

Nat Borchers, Real Salt Lake: Borchers put in a fine display against the Red Bulls, continuing to frustrate a once potent offense and showed why he is a top-level MLS defender. An aerial threat and no slouch going one-on-one either, Borchers continues to hold up the RSL back line.

Eric Brunner, Portland Timbers: The headed goal against Los Angeles was no less than Brunner deserved after an excellent defensive showing against the Galaxy, featuring a nearly full-strength lineup. He also dealt comfortably with the Earthquakes for most of the game, albeit he was slow off the mark on San Jose's equalizer.

Seth Sinovic, Sporting Kansas City: Sinovic put in two solid performances over the course of the week, especially excelling against Real Salt Lake, where he was imperious on the left side and contributed with a number of smart passes going forward.


David Beckham, Los Angeles Galaxy: After a less-than-stellar outing against Portland, Beckham was simply on point against Dallas, unlocking one of the strongest defenses in the league with two assists from set pieces, exactly what the Galaxy needed.

Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake:
A call to the U.S. national team was no less than Beckerman deserved after a pair of workmanlike performances. He directed RSL''s midfield play with ease and earned two assists on the night, heaping more trouble on the New York Red Bulls.

Nick LaBrocca, Chivas USA: While Alejandro Moreno got the brace, LaBrocca was the offensive catalyst for Chivas in the 3-2 away win at New England. With a goal and an assist, he gave the New England defense problems all night long, showing the form and ability that has made him one of the breakout players of MLS this season.


Dwayne De Rosario, D.C. United: The veteran Canadian is simply unstoppable right now. While Andy Iro and Toronto certainly played their parts, De Rosario's hat-trick with his team down to ten men for 83 minutes speaks for itself. Right now, D.C. looks like the clear winners in the De Rosario-McCarty trade and could be on its way to the playoffs because of it.

Eric Hassli, Vancouver Whitecaps: The colorful French forward turned on the style once again, absolutely shredding a sorry Chicago defense with two goals and an assist. Even with his missed penalty, he was easily the man of the match and continues to distinguish himself as one of the best newcomers to MLS this season.

Jorge Perlaza, Portland Timbers: Perlaza was at his best over the last week, his pace giving opposing defenses all sorts of problems. He placed a well-taken finish past Josh Saunders to put his side 2-0 up against LA, and his clever run and cross set up Portland's opener against San Jose, capping off a fine two games for the Colombian.

Formation (4-3-3):




            De Rosario-Hassli-Perlaza

Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City), Mike Chabala (Portland Timbers), Juninho (Los Angeles Galaxy), Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution), Brian Mullan (Colorado Rapids), Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders FC), Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA)


John Spencer, Portland Timbers: The fiery Scot deserves some serous plaudits for his side's comprehensive thrashing of the Galaxy. He fielded a well-balanced, strong lineup and the team played to its strengths en route to a 3-0 win. While the team wasn't at that same level against San Jose, it still earned a point on the road to make it four from six and could be in line for a surprise playoff run.