By, Kyle Gibson
Players of the Week
Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City)- Benny has found a home in Kansas City, where he is up to 3 goals and 5 assists. 2 of his goals came this week. The first was the game winner late against Columbus from about 20 yards. His second goal came on ESPN Saturday against Los Angeles off a superb free kick. Feilhaber has successfully filled the gap left by Graham Zusi at the World Cup and is now shining with fellow stars Dom Dwyer, Zusi and Matt Besler.
Bernardo Anor (Columbus Crew)- Brought the Crew out of a losing skid with his 2 goals against Montreal on Saturday. Expect to see the winner as goal of the week candidate as well.Give Anor 4 goals on the season, plus perhaps a new prime attacking option to the Crew.
Xander Bailey (Seattle Sounders)- A kid from my hometown, Bluefield, WV, became our town’s first MLS player when he signed a one game contract with his favorite club, Seattle. Bailey has cystic fibrosis and was able to play through the “Make a Wish Foundation.” It was great seeing the Sounders and their opponents, Tottenham, allow Bailey to start the game and even take a shot on Brad Friedel. The supporters also created signs for Bailey. It was an unbelievable thing to watch and a kid I saw at a few local soccer camps got to experience his dream thanks to a generous club and organization.
Team of the Week
FC Dallas-Don’t Look now, but FC Dallas is on an 8 game unbeaten streak, going back to June 1st. The team extended its streak on Saturday with a 2-0 win against New England. That streak has moved Dallas into 2nd place in the West at 29 points, tied with Real Salt Lake and behind Seattle.
News of the Week
The MLS is keeping 2 US National Team stars. Graham Zusi and Matt Besler of Sporting Kansas City appeared on ESPN to announce they had signed long term Designated player contracts with their club. This is great news for the MLS to keep its domestic stars, many of which were named to the all star game by the fan vote. Good going by MLS and Kansas CIty for throwing out some cash and keeping two top players.