The 11th week of the 2014 Major League Soccer was simply amazing. In fact, the word amazing might be an understatement. Even without super stars like Clint Dempsey and Julio Cesar on the field this week, the fans were treated to a fascinating week of soccer.
The week was full of memorable moments that could determine the fate of certain teams. There were multiple golazos, breath-taking saves, red cards, penalties, and World Cup hopeful, Boniek Garcia, had to exit Houston’s Dynamo’s game due to an injury he picked up in the first half.
In what is by far the best week of the MLS season so far, these 10 players were simply mesmerizing.
10. Dom Dwyer: Even though Sporting Kansas City lost both games, Dwyer managed to score two goals, raising his season tally to eight. He had a chance to tie Bradley Wright-Phillips at the top of the goal scoring chart, but he was denied by Sean Johnson’s post.
9. Mike Magee: Last season’s MVP found the back of the net from the penalty spot twice against Kansas City. Besides scorin, Magee remained active for the entire 90 minutes. His goals secured Chicago Fire its second consecutive win.
8. Vincent Nogueira: Philadelphia Union’s midfield coordinator has an upper over most of the players on this list because he played two games in week 11. Nonetheless, the French midfielder was brilliant, especially against Kansas City. He was the dominant party in the midfield and his play helped the Union pick up a 2-1 victory away from home.
He capped off his week with a scorching volley against New England Revolution.
7. Javier Morales: Coming off a three goal performance against Houston Dynamo, Morales was influential in Real Salt Lake’s victory against Colorado Rapids. The Argentine maestro created a goal and scored the winning goal from the spot.
6. Diego Fagundez: The Union had no answer for the youngster. He was active, moved the ball around brilliantly and contributed on the defensive end. His tireless running earned him a goal, his third in two games, and he put the ball on a platter for Patrick Mullins to score his third of the season.
5. Jeff Attinella: Salt Lake’s backup goalkeeper looked more like a regular starter against the Rapids. He withstood constant attacks towards his goal by making several jaw-dropping saves. He secured the victory against the Rapid by stopping five shots headed for the back of the net.
4. Jermain Defoe: The striker was the difference maker for Ryan Nelsen against the New York Red Bulls. He held the ball up well and drifted wide to open New York’s defense. The English legend scored a cracking winning goal to help Toronto FC secure its fourth win of the season.
3. Obafemi Martins: The Nigerian scored an early Goal of the Year candidate with a disgustingly beautiful chip over Jon Busch. Besides scoring the game winning goal, Martins did a little bit of everything against San Jose Earthquakes. He tracked back to defend, started counter-attacks, pulled out-wide to create space and he acted as a facilitator.
2. Lee Nguyen: In the match against the Union, Nguyen was a man playing among children. He did not just control the middle of the park, he owned it. His quick movement and sublime vision could not be matched.
He scored a goal and created another in a 5-3 Revolution victory.
1. Ferderico Higuain: The attacking genius went into Portland and showed them what Argentine magic really looks like. He scored a trademark long-range chip, a calmly taken penalty kick and created Columbus Crew’s third goal in a thrilling draw against the Portland Timbers.
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