MLS Team of the Week: Casey, Maidana spark Union attack

Both players are in the squad for the second straight week after helping make a once-stagnant Philadelphia offense the highest-scoring unit in the Eastern Conference.
A month ago, the Philadelphia Union were averaging less than a goal per game. Now they're tied as the highest-scoring offense in the Eastern Conference.

That recent scoring surge has been sparked by striker Conor Casey and winger Cristian Maidana. Casey bagged his second consecutive brace in Philadelphia's 3-3 draw with Vancouver, while Maidana followed up a one-goal, one-assist outing last week by setting up all three Union strikes Saturday. As a result, the players are once again a part of Goal's MLS Team of the Week.

In goal for this week's squad in New York shot stopper Luis Robles, who made 10 saves in the Red Bulls' first win at New England since 2002. Stopgap center back Kevin Ellis also makes the cut after racking up 13 clearances as 10-man Sporting Kansas City grabbed an unlikely win in Houston. He's joined in central defense by Carlos Bocanegra, who helped Chivas USA hold off the LA Galaxy in Sunday's 1-1 draw.

FC Dallas left back Jair Benitez gets the nod after scoring his third career goal in a triumph over Colorado. On the opposite side is Toronto FC rookie Nick Hagglund, who drew the decisive penalty kick against San Jose and was comfortable bombing forward from his right back spot.

Seattle Sounders stalwart Osvaldo Alonso also makes an appearance, thanks to his 66-for-71 passing day against Chicago. He is paired with Tony Tchani, who held down the fort with two 90-minute performances for the Columbus Crew while playing without regular midfield partner Wil Trapp.

On the flank is Harrison Shipp, after the Chicago Fire rookie scored two more impressive goals to bolster his Rookie of the Year credentials. Rounding out the team is Timbers striker Fanendo Adi, who delivered his second two-goal performance in as many starts for Portland in a win over Salt Lake.

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