Just how much better are Western Conference teams playing these days? Consider that only
one two Eastern Conference players managed to crack this week’s MLS Best XI (so much for that East Coast bias huh?)
Sure, there were arguments for East Coasters Matt Reis, Luciano Emilo and Kheli Dube, but ultimately the West players played key roles in victories, delivering crucial performances as the Western Conference standings begin to take shape.
The seemingly unstoppable tandem of Jorge Flores and Jesse Marsch delivered again, scoring a goal apiece to lead Chivas USA to a third straight win. Real Salt Lake teammates Javier Morales and Robbie Findley did them a bit better, combining for two goals and two assists to help keep RSL unbeaten at home after Saturday’s 3-1 win against San Jose.
Here is how the rest of this week’s MLS Best XI shook out:
SBI MLS Best XI: Week 10
——–Robbie Findley——Tom McManus——-
Stuart Holden—-Javier Morales——–Jorge Flores
Carey Talley——————————Drew Moor
———Julius James——Facundo Erpen———-
Honorable mention– Brad Guzan, Dwayne DeRosario, Christian Gomez, Ricardo Clark, Luciano Emilio, Kheli Dube, Jeff Cunningham, Brian Ching.
I put Reis into the Best XI because he did have a pretty amazing game and the Revs would have been blown out rather than earning a point. I originally gave it to Guzan for posting a shutout and making some good saves just a few days after playing a half against England. Definitely deserved consideration but Reis stood on his head vs. D.C.
I was at a loss for defenders for honorable mention so suggestions are welcome.
Feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions on this week’s selections below.