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)