Saturday provided a chance for one of Major League Soccer’s struggling sides to break out in fantastic fashion and end the league’s longest winless run.
In addition to the standout performance in the snow from Real Salt Lake, a few other showings caught our eyes and were in contention for the best of MLS Week 6.
Here’s who our editors chose for Week 6 honors:
Player of the Week
Albert Rusnak produced the best game of his young MLS career on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Slovakian played a role in each of the three RSL goals, with one goal and two assists. Rusnak started the scoring in the 54th minute before setting up strikes from Yura Movsisyan and Luke Mulholland.
Team of the Week
Sporting Kansas City closed out the weekend slate with a dominant 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids at Children’s Mercy Park. Seth Sinovic scored his first regular-season goal, while Gerso Fernandes and Dom Dwyer added second-half strikes in the win that boosted Sporting KC up to fourth in the Western Conference.
Rookie of the Week
The New England Revolution stole some headlines on Saturday with a shutout of the Houston Dynamo at home. Joshua Smith turned in his second straight solid showing at the back for the Revs to earn another Rookie of the Week nod.
Goal of the Week
Nicolas Lodeiro’s stunning volley was the best strike of the weekend. It came late in the second half, but it only gave the Seattle Sounders a temporary lead, as the San Jose Earthquakes leveled late.