Another week in the MLS results in a plethora of excellent individual performances. Week 19 had everything from scorching long range goals to unbelievable saves.
Several players who haven’t quite lived up to expectations were sublime, while those who have been consistent simply vanished.
Here are Week 19’s top 10 performers.
10. Eddie Johnson: The Johnson that we saw in Seattle finally showed up to play. The forward scored and created a goal as DC United ended Chivas USA‘s five game unbeaten streak.
9. Jason Hernandez: The 30-year-old’s return to New York was a success as he helped San Jose Earthquakes steal a point. The former MetroStars defender made five clearances and three tackles.
8. Gyasi Zardes: The exciting forward didn’t have much impact in LA Galaxy’s 2-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City, but he was dogged against New England Revolution. He fired two goals past Bobby Shuttleworth.
7. Ethan White: White has impressed under interim head coach Jim Curtin. He helped Philadelphia Union pick up a win against New York Red Bulls and a draw against Chicago Fire.
6. Andres Escobar: Escobar is the poor man’s Fabian Castillo. The Colombian was virtually unstoppable as he caused havoc for New England’s leaky defense. His fantastic solo goal is up for Goal of the Week.
5. Perry Kitchen: The young midfielder continues to impress as he put in another solid performance. He was up to his usual antics of breaking up passes and initiating an offensive surge. He also scored the game-winning goal.
4. Donovan Ricketts: Arguably one of the greatest goalkeepers in MLS history, Ricketts hasn’t lost a step even at the age of 37. The Jamaican was huge as the Portland Timbers broke a four game winless streak. The three-time receiver of the Save of the Week award this season made seven stops in front of Portland’s supporters.
3. Bernardo Añor: The Venezuelan winger saved Gregg Berhalter from further embarrassment after his team gave up a last minute goal on Wednesday. Añor scored two delightful goal to give his team a much-needed victory.
He scored his first of the game in the 50th minute with a shot that was beyond the goalkeeper’s reach. His second of the game arrived in magnificent fashion. He received the ball in space and rifled a screamer into the back of the net.
2. Robbie Keane: The Republic of Ireland international has regained his form and he can’t stop scoring. He nonchalantly scored two goals against New England, including this sublime curler, and although his team lost to Sporting KC, he still managed to put his name on the scoreboard.
If not for some bad officiating and the crossbar, Keane could have scored four goals in week 19.
1. Benny Feilhaber: Matt Besler and Graham Zusi made the noise off the pitch while Feilhaber totally dominated the field of play. The Brazilian born midfielder guided Sporting KC back to the top of the Eastern Conference.
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