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SBI MLS Best XI (Week 5)

In a week where Major League Soccer’s goalkeeping was pretty abysmal, Bill Hamid was a ray of sunshine in a storm of blunders.

The D.C. United goalkeeper was outstanding on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union, making several highlight-reel saves to earn his team its first win of the year, and secure a place on SBI’s MLS Best XI for Week 5.

A total of 10 teams are represented in this week’s squad, with Minnesota United the only team to have two players make the cut. Kevin Molino and Christian Ramirez helped the Loons secure their first MLS win, playing a role in each of the four goals the Loons scored on Saturday.

Bastian Schweinsteiger earned a spot in his MLS debut, after an excellent 90-minute shift in the Chicago Fire’s 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact.

Here is the SBI MLS Best XI for Week 5:


Tim Melia, Maxime Chanot, Ike Opara, Eriq Zavaleta, Sheanon Williams, Artur, Cristian Techera, Romain Alessandrini, Lee Nguyen, Jack Harrison, Diego Valeri, David Accam, Mauro Manotas, Fredy Montero


  1. Anyone been keeping an eye on Zack Steffen, been pretty good except for that terrible pass that led to a goal a few weeks ago. Wonder if he could get a roster spot for gold cup if he keeps it up, any thoughts

    • Considering that Howard & Rimando are quickly approaching 40, Guzan still is struggling to find consistent minutes at the club level and the crop of keepers (Yarbrough, Hamid, Bingham, S. Johnson) have been fighting injury & consistency problems….it’s not to much of a stretch that any number of the younger options….Cropper (last U-23 squad), Steffen & Horvath (1A & 1B last U-20 cycle) could/will challenge for inclusion sooner rather than later.

      While MLS may not be the best league, our ability to develop keepers has never been a problem. The Deficiencies of the league (poor defenses) actually challenges the keepers to better organize/communicate with the defenders and react quickly to breakdowns.


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