Week 13 in Major League Soccer featured several surprising results across the fixture list.
11 matches between Thursday and Sunday saw the likes of expansion sides Atlanta United and Minnesota United gain important home wins over tough visiting competition. Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Union were tripped up on the road at Real Salt Lake, while Toronto FC breezed past the visiting Columbus Crew.
FC Dallas was the lone side who played twice during those days, earning one point over their two matches.
Here are all the Week 13 honors handed out by the SBI staff:
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Miguel Almiron continued his recent strong run of form with a brace in Atlanta United’s 3-1 home victory over New York City FC. Almiron, 23, scored a hat-trick in Week 12 against the Houston Dynamo and was able to add to his tally on Sunday. The Parguayan international now has seven goals on the season, and shows no sign of slowing down.
Almiron beat out teammate Julian Gressel and the Seattle Sounders’ Cristian Roldan for this week’s honors.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Toronto FC earned Team of the Week honors after their 5-0 demolition of the Columbus Crew. After fighting for a point against the New York Red Bulls seven days prior, Greg Vanney’s side ended the month unbeaten. Without both Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, Toronto benefited from a brace from Victor Vazquez, while three other players got on the scoresheet.
TFC edged out the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire for Team of the Week recognition.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
In his fifth appearance of the season, Rapids defender Kortne Ford scored the match winner in Colorado’s 1-0 win over Sporting KC on Saturday. The 21-year-old, headed home Shklezen Gashi’s cross 11 minutes into the match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park while helping hold on to a clean sheet that sent Pablo Mastroeni’s side on their way to an important three points.
Gressel was also in the running for recognition, but it was Ford who earned SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.
GOAL OF THE WEEK
Unlike the week prior, Week 13 didn’t feature as many mouth-watering goals. However, Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season, which proved to be the winner against the Philadelphia Union. The 25-year-old played a nice one-two with Jefferson Savarino, who hit the Ecuadorian in stride for an easy tap-in.