Team of the Week (Wk 14): Fanendo Adi, Caleb Porter with weekly honors
In the last weekend before the World Cup break, we saw two games produce some grand fireworks.
In Philadephia, the Union got off to a terrible start, going down 2-0 at PPL Park. Then in the second half, a three-goal outburst produced by Cristian Maidana and his teammates allowed the home side to grab the lead. It didn't last long however as Zac MacMath conceded a penalty allowing Pedro Morales to equalize the score.
In Chicago, there were five goals and two red cards in a wild one at Toyota Park. Obafemi Martins each scored two goals before being sent off for a straight red card. From there, Harry Shipp scored two golazos to lead his team back to a draw, but it was all for naught as Lamar Neagle had a classy finish to take the lead for good.
Who else earned a spot on the latest Team of the Week? Read on to find out.
D: Kevin Ellis (Sporting Kansas City) – The “veteran” center back on the night for Sporting played a clean, effective game, which was all the more impressive considering Houston’s man advantage for most of the game.
M: Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire) – The rookie stepped up again with a very good performance, notching two well-taken goals. He was not able to secure points for his team, though.
F: Erik Hurtado (Vancouver Whitecaps) – Scored one goal and assisted on another after shaking a Union defender.
F: Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers) – His MLS career is off to a flying start, scoring four goals and assisting on two more in just 226 minutes. Scored two of those goals in the Timbers 3-1 victory over Real Salt Lake.
Coach: Caleb Porter (Portland Timbers) - After taking the lead, Porter organized his team to counterattack the on rushing RSL side. His team captured their first victory ever at Rio Tinto.
Bench: Steve Clark (Columbus Crew), Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Collen Warner (Toronto FC), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew), Conor Casey (Philadelphia Union), Deshorn Brown (Colorado Rapids)