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Call Week Five of the MLS season the week of the goalkeepers because several net-minders delivered outstanding performances for their clubs
From Pat Onstad making a clutch penalty kick save, to Zach Thornton delivering yet another quality outing, to Jon Conway returning from suspension to post a shutout for New York, goalkeepers as a group enjoyed a great week.
It was also a week that saw three winless teams put on strong performances to record victories. The Houston Dynamo looked like the Houston of old, riding a tough defense and the stellar goalkeeping of Onstad, while the Red Bulls showed glimpses of the team that reached last year's MLS Cup final. FC Dallas also escaped the win-less rankings, riding a potent attack and a timely handball call against Toronto late to record a sorely-needed victory.
Here are the Best XI and World XI moments, performances and scenes from Week Five, along with the SBI MLS Team of the Week:
Week Five Best XI
Ben Olsen's last-minute equalizer vs. New England.
Pat Onstad's penalty kick save.
Zach Thornton's handful of stellar reaction saves.
Josh Wolff showing flashes of his old self with a brace.
Kevin Hartman's second-half save-fest.
Juan Pablo Angel scoring the first of what should be many goals this year.
Kevin Goldthwaite's acrobatic goal-line clearance. (Yes, I forgot to include this originally, but it's a must)
Kenny Cooper's long-range smash into the bottom corner.
Chukwidi Chijindu becoming the latest Chivas USA newcomer to score in the season's first month.
Jonathan Bornstein looking like a player ready to challenge for the USMNT left back job.
Bryan Jordan's gutsy equalizer for the Galaxy.
MLS Week Five Worst XI
The low attendances at Toyota Park, Pizza Hut Park and Giants Stadium.
New England's defense giving up an equalizer on a last-minute set-piece.
Wells Thompson learning the hard way that you don't rile up veterans like Ben Olsen
The questionable red card given to Jeremy Hall.
San Jose's offense failing to score multiple goals against LA's suspect defense.
Chicago blowing a two-goal lead
Fredy Montero showing flashes, but not looking nearly as sharp as he did the first two weeks.
Toronto FC's latestdisappointing performance to go winless in four.
Colorado's offenseonce again struggling to find anybody but Conor Casey to find quality scoring chances.
Real Salt Lakeresting top defender Jamison Olave against struggling Red Bulls and losing.
FC Dallas and Toronto FC playing one of the ugliest five-goal games you'll ever see.
SBI MLS Team of the Week (Week 5)
———-Kenny Cooper—–Brian McBride—-Mac Kandji————
Josh Wolff——————————————-Cuauhtemoc Blanco
Jonathan Bornstein——–Kevin Goldthwaite———Alfredo Pacheco
Honorable Mentions: Kevin Hartman, Zach Thornton, Jon Conway, Drew Moor, Geoff Cameron, Chris Leitch, Amado Guevara, Ricardo Clark, Brian Ching.
What do you think of this week's selections? What player or play or performance is missing from the lists? Who should have made Team of the Week that didn't? Who's inclusion were you happy to see?
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