MLS Team of the Week: Higuain carrying Columbus

The Argentine playmaker continued to build his MVP case with two goals and an assist in the Crew's thrilling 3-3 draw at Portland.

The Columbus Crew may be mired in an eight-game winless stretch, but Federico Higuain is certainly doing everything he can to get them out of it.

The Argentine playmaker turned in another masterful performance in Columbus' 3-3 draw at the Portland Timbers on Saturday, opening the scoring with an audacious chip before converting a penalty kick and setting up an Ethan Finlay tally. With that performance, Higuain earned a place on Goal USA's MLS Team of the Week.

Also featured from that match is Portland fullback Jack Jewsbury, who completed 66 of 72 passes and assisted Will Johnson's strike. New England's Chris Tierney also makes the cut after contributing a goal and an assist from his left back spot in the Revolution's 5-3 triumph over Philadelphia.

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Houston Dynamo veteran David Horst gets a nod for his authoritative role in keeping a clean sheet against the LA Galaxy, while Toronto FC's Nick Hagglund joins him in central defense after notching 15 clearances in a shutout victory over New York. That back line protects goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who helped Chivas USA withstand plenty of pressure in a 1-1 draw at Dallas.

The squad's defensive midfielder is Seattle Sounders enforcer Osvaldo Alonso, who completed 73 of 81 passes and racked up 14 recoveries in a win over San Jose. After pulling the strings in the Revolution's thumping of Philadelphia and scoring his career-high fifth goal of the season, Lee Nguyen joins Alonso and Higuain in midfield.

With a stunning one-time strike Wednesday against Philadelphia and a headed goal Saturday at Chicago, Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer again makes the team. He's joined up top by Obafemi Martins after the Sounders forward delivered a Goal of the Year candidate by looping in an ambitious strike against San Jose.

And Toronto striker Jermain Defoe rounds out the team after responding to his omission from England's World Cup squad by hammering home the opener against New York.

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