J-League Team of the Week Round 6: Antlers, Albirex players debut after first wins of the season

In addition traditionally strong teams such as Urawa Reds and Nagoya Grampus, newcomers Sagan Tosu and strugglers Albirex Niigata each contributed two members to Round 6's TOTW
J-League

Team Of The Week:

Week 6

Weekly Roundup


GOALKEEPER

Masaaki Higashiguchi
Albirex Niigata

Higashiguchi earns his spot after earning Albirex's first win with a shutout performance, making great strides in returning to form since last summer's ACL injury put him out of commission for eight months. The 25-year-old outshined other goalkeepers such as Sagan's Taku Akahoshi.

DEFENDERS

Ryuhei Niwa
Sagan Tosu


Daisuke Suzuki
Albirex Niigata


Kim Kun-Hoan
Sagan Tosu

Two Sagan players earn their spot after holding Sanfrecce Hiroshima shotless in the second half of their match. Niwa held strong against Sanfrecce's Moriwaki while Kim contributed with his height and covering abilities. Centre-back Suzuki was the defencive leader in Albirex's first win.

MIDFIELDERS



Yuki Abe
Urawa Reds



Yasushi Endo
Kashima Antlers



Marcio Richardes
Urawa Reds
 
Keiji Tamada
Nagoya Grampus

 
In a weekend of top performances across the league at midfield, these four stood above the rest. Abe contributed well on both sides of the ball for Reds, while Endo participated in both of Antlers' goals in their first win of the season. Richardes makes his second straight appearance by scoring with an incredible free-kick, while Tamada contributed to Grampus' goals with superb technique.
FORWARDS

Genki Omae
Shimizu S-Pulse


Shingo Akamine
Vegalta Sendai


Mu Kanazaki
Nagoya Grampus

Plenty of strikers including Albirex's Kisho Yano and Marinos' Yuji Ono scored fantastic goals this weekend, but these three players stood out not only for their scoring but also for devoted play.

Omae's two goals gave S-Pulse the win in the Shizuoka Derby as well as Goal.com's J-League Player of the Week plaudits. Akamine's hesitation-less volley sealed the victory for Vegalta on the road, while Kanazaki ended his day with one goal and one assist in Grampus' win.