Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes: It seemed impossible that Thierry Henry would not make the list, but despite an excellent assist to Kenny Cooper against San Jose, it is the forward on the other side of the field that gets included. New York focused its defense around Wondolowski, and that was working in the first 30 minutes. Then he sprung into the air to knock in the game-tying goal.
Blas Perez, FC Dallas: For the second consecutive week, FC Dallas scored a late goal to clinch the win at home. Once again, Perez was the catalyst of Dallas’ attack throughout the game, as he knocked in the equalizing score, and then notched the assist on Brek Shea’s go-ahead goal.
Nick DeLeon, DC United: Six weeks into the season, the former Louisville Cardinal has shot out of the gates in the 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year campaign. With two more assists on Saturday, DeLeon has teamed up with Dwayne De Rosario in the midfield to form an impressive group that is tough to contain.
Oswaldo Minada, Chivas USA: The Goats have a 3-0-0 record on the road this season, with Minada a big reason why due to his energy up the middle. He scored the game’s only goal, and helped keep Toronto’s offense in check at BMO Field.
Brian Carroll, Philadelphia Union: Carroll returned to his more natural position of holding midfielder against his former team on Saturday. His return there allowed a return to form, as Carroll routinely won the ball and kept Columbus from having any offensive consistency.
Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy: Not only did Donovan even up the game against Portland, he played a Donovan-esque game which Portland could not keep up with. He also set David Beckham up for the goal that iced the match for the defending champion, a win the club needed. This was just the second game this season that the Galaxy scored more than one goal.
Zach Scott, Seattle Sounders: Scott could not have picked a better time to score his first career goal, as Seattle had not scored in the previous two matches. He also led a defense which allowed just one shot on goal to Colorado in the second half to secure the win.
Aurelien Collin, Sporting Kansas City: Going into the match, SKC had not allowed a shot on goal in nearly 250 minutes. Despite giving up a late shot to Real Salt Lake in second half stoppage time, Collin and company will gladly accept extending their undefeated start to 6-0-0. In addition to continuing his strong defense, Collin scored the game-winner with his 63rd minute header.
Jamison Olave, Real Salt Lake: Despite the loss, Olave’s match must be acknowledged. The center back was able to keep SKC’s offense from taking over, and were it not for him, Real Salt Lake very well could have lost by more than one goal.
Chad Marshall, Columbus Crew: Aside from an Eric Gehrig handball that gave Philadelphia a penalty kick, Columbus was rather close to earning a draw at PPL Park. Even with an inconsistent offense, Marshall kept Columbus in the game, cemented by his effort to halt Lionard Pajoy from scoring a backbreaking goal late in the match.
Dan Kennedy, Chivas USA: Aside from Thierry Henry, there might not be a player off to a better start in 2012 than Kennedy. The Californian has allowed only three goals this season, and has helped lead the Goats to three consecutive road wins. He became the first goalkeeper this season to earn MLS’ Player of the Week award.
Wondolowski - Perez
DeLeon - Minada - Carroll - Donovan
Scott - Collin- Olave - Marshall
Bench: David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), Marvin Chavez (San Jose Earthquakes), Kenny Cooper (New York Red Bulls), Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Schellas Hyndman, FC Dallas: After Andrew Jacobson and Hernan Pertuz went down to injury, Hyndman had to abandon the 4-4-2 formation in favor of the 4-1-4-1 formation which the team is more used to. This allowed Fabian Castillo to move around more, and Blas Perez was able to capitalize on being the lone striker up top. Down 1-0 early in the second half, FC Dallas came back to win 2-1 thanks in part to Hyndman’s formation change, along with substitute Bobby Warshaw helping open up the middle of the offense.
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