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Best of MLS Week 19: Jefferson Savarino, San Jose Earthquakes, and more

Real Salt Lake playmaker Jefferson Savarino returned to domestic play on Saturday with a bang, playing a huge role in his side’s convincing home win.

Savarino registered a two-goal, one-assist performance in RSL’s 4-0 trouncing of the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium. It was Savarino’s first two-goal performance since 2018 and one that propelled the hosts to their seventh home win of the season.

Elsewhere, the San Jose Earthquakes swept the regular season series from the L.A. Galaxy after a 3-1 win in California on Friday.

Here’s a look at the league’s best in Week 19:

Player of the Week

Savarino’s strong performance helped Real Salt Lake continue their strong home form this campaign. Not only did Savarino get the better of one of MLS’ best centerback pairings, but he did beat MLS All-Star Andre Blake on two separate occasions.

He now has five goals on the season for Mike Petke’s team.

Savarino beat out Adama Diomande, Daniel Royer, and Valeri Qazaishvili for Player of the Week honors.

Team of the Week

The San Jose Earthquakes are continuing to rise under Matias Almeyda and are coming off a 3-1 road win L.A. on Friday night. Despite conceding a second-minute opener to Rolf Feltscher, the Earthquakes stayed calm and scored a trio of goals in a 24-minute span late in the second-half.

Valeri Qazaishvili scored a goal and added an assist, while Danny Hoesen and Jackson Yeuill also got on the board. It was San Jose’s second win in a row and their fourth out of the past five league matches.

San Jose edged the New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, and Real Salt Lake for TOTW honors.

Goal of the Week

The Seattle Sounders saw many players return to the starting lineup on Sunday, but none was bigger than Raul Ruidiaz.

Ruidiaz scored the opening goal for Brian Schmetzer’s team at home in what ended up being a 2-1 win over Atlanta United. The Peruvian showed off skill and composure in the penalty box, flicking the ball over Leandro Gonzalez Pires and rifling a shot past Brad Guzan for his eighth goal of the season.

Ruidiaz’s effort beat out tough competition from Jozy Altidore, Albert Rusnak, and Sam Nicholson.

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