MLS Week 2: Team of the Week

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MLS, Carlos Vela

LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 10: Carlos Vela #10 of Los Angeles FC during Los Angeles FC’s MLS match against Portland Timbers at the Banc of California Stadium on March 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Los Angeles FC won the match 4-1 (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)

A look back at Week 2 of the MLS season to determine who the best 11 payers were. Here is the Week 2 MLS Team of the Week.

We’re now two weeks into the Major League Soccer season. Darwin Quintero and Carlos Vela are early MVP candidates, following stalwart performances over the weekend. Darwin Quintero is the only player who returns to the Team of the Week following last week’s premiere edition.

This week’s Team of the Week is dominated by Western Conference players. As ten of the eleven members come from that side of MLS.

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Here is the Week 2 MLS Team of the Week.

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – MARCH 10: Goalkeeper Tim Melia #29 of Sporting Kansas City makes a save on a penalty kick by Marco Fabian #10 of Philadelphia Union during the game at Children’s Mercy Park on March 10, 2019 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper and Defense

GK – Tim Melia – Sporting Kansas City

Tim Melia has been the best goalkeeper in MLS this season. He kept a clean sheet against the Philadelphia Union over the weeked. In order to do so, he had to save five chances, including a penalty. Despite Melia’s continued excellence in MLS, however, he was not called up to the USMNT for their upcoming friendlies.

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D – Aaron Herrera – Real Salt Lake

Aaron Herrera has cemented his place as the starting left-back this season. He put on a man-of-the-match performance for Real Salt Lake in their 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Herrera had six tackles in the match. He also had two interceptions. Herrera showed his two-way ability providing three key passes, though he finished without an assist.

D – Ike Opara – Minnesota United FC

Ike Opara was one of the biggest additions of the offseason, joining Minnesota from Sporting KC. He has helped the Loons win their first two games of the 2019 season. Ike Opara was vital to the team keeping a clean sheet against the Earthquakes. He had an otherworldly 13 clearances, to go with three interceptions.

D – Reto Ziegler – FC Dallas

Reto Ziegler is one half of one of the best central defense pairings in MLS (along with Matt Hedges). Ziegler is one of the best center-backs at getting forward and passing out of the back. He connected on 8 of 13 long balls. Interestingly, as a center-back, Reto Ziegler takes penalties for FC Dallas. He scored one from the spot in the team’s 2-0 victory over the Galaxy.

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