It was a good week in MLS for playoff-bound forwards.
Fabian Espindola, Sherjill MacDonald and Chris Wondolowski are all key figures on teams heading into the MLS playoffs, and all three showed they are ready for post-season glory as they each turned in outstanding performances over the weekend.
Espindola, MacDonald and Wondolowski all scored multiple goals to lead their teams to important victories, and all three earned SBI MLS Best XI honors in the process.
FC Dallas is still trying to make the playoffs, and while their chances are slim at this point, the only reason they have any chance at all is the heroics of goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, who made several key saves to help Dallas salvage a point against Chivas USA.
Eddie Gaven did his part to help the Columbus Crew keep their playoff hopes alive, scoring a vital late equalizer to earn the Crew a precious point against Sporting Kansas City.
For the second straight week we had so many outstanding performances by forwards that some very deserving candidates fell just short of the Best XI. This week, Philadelphia's Jack McInerney barely missed the cut, while Seattle's Fredy Montero was also a worthy option who came up just short.
Here is the rest of the SBI MLS Best XI for Week 31:
SBI MLS BEST XI (Week 31)
Fabian Espindola——Sherjill MacDonald—-Chris Wondolowski
–Camilo Sanvezzo———————————Eddie Gaven—-
Ray Gaddis—————Arne Friedrich—————-Andy Najar
HONORABLE MENTION– Troy Perkins, Brandon McDonald, Nat Borchers, Marvin Chavez, Osvaldo Alonso, Graham Zusi, Juninho, Oscar Boniek Garcia, Jack McInerney, Dax McCarty, C.J. Sapong, Robbie Keane, Fredy Montero.
What do you think of this week's selections? Who didn't make the Best XI that you felt should have? Who made the team that you're happy to see on it?
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