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Best of MLS: Przybylko, Sounders, and more

Eight MLS clubs picked up victories this weekend as the busy league schedule continued.

The Seattle Sounders picked up its second rivalry win in a row on Sunday night downing LAFC 3-1 at CenturyLink Field. Jordan Morris scored two goals in a one minute span while Raul Ruidiaz continued his fine run of form this summer.

Kacper Przybylko netted his first brace since July 2019, helping the Philadelphia Union to a 4-1 home triumph over D.C. United. The German also registered one assist in the lopsided win, moving the Union to third place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Who were the best performers in MLS this week? Here’s a look at SBI’s picks for the league’s best over the weekend.

Player of the Week

Kacper Przybylko struggled to find the back of the earlier this season, but has turned it up a notch over the past week. The German followed up his one goal performance against the New York Red Bulls with a two-goal, one assist performance against D.C. United. Przybylko now has four league goals this season and is helping the Union stay near the top of the East.

He was also named MLS Player of the Week on Monday after his two strong performances.

The Seattle Sounders’ Jordan Morris, Orlando City’s Chris Mueller, and Real Salt Lake’s Corey Baird merited consideration for this weekend’s top honor.

Team of the Week

The Seattle Sounders made it back-to-back Western Conference wins after a convincing 3-1 beatdown of LAFC at home. Raul Ruidiaz opened the scoring while Jordan Morris scored two goals in quick succession to begin the second half. Sunday’s win saw Seattle move to second in the West standings behind leaders Sporting KC.

Orlando City, FC Dallas, and the Philadelphia Union were all in consideration for the weekend’s honors after picking up three points of their own.

Rookie of the Week

New England Revolution defender Henry Kessler registered his fifth start of his rookie season, helping the Revs earn a point in a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls. Kessler played 90 minutes at centerback, winning nine of his 13 individual duels, making three clearances, and winning five of seven aerial battles.

Kessler edged Orlando City’s Daryl Dike for the honor.

Goal of the Week

Hassani Dotson was Minnesota United’s top player despite Saturday night’s loss at FC Dallas. The second year midfielder came off the bench and scored a gem of a goal in the 3-1 result. Dotson now has one goal and one assist in league play this season.

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  1. I agree with Dennis ( and Gary, games like these should get a TON of coverage )
    LAFC pushes players up, and Seattle is good enough to burn them on the counter.
    Lodeiro’s pass to Morris is unbelievably good but he is very capable of doing that all day long. He is that good.
    I dont think that works for LAFC in the playoffs, teams that aren’t as good as Seattle are beating this D. It didnt last year that is for sure.
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    Maybe when Vela comes back they dont have to throw as many numbers forward?
    they are a VERY good team no doubt about it.

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  2. The Seattle LAFC game has gotten little mention at SBI. For those who didn’t see it, the first goal, by Ruidiaz, was almost the same as the Goal of the Week shown here except Ruidiaz hit it with his right foot.Jordan Morris deserves kudos, too. He scored his brace within 2 minutes . On the first one he showed some real speed. On a ball over the top he started a foot or two behind the two defenders and in maybe 25 or 30 yards he had gotten two to three feet in front, rounded the GK when he came out and then tapped it in. I don’t know how fast the LAFC defenders are, but Morris made them look slow. The announcer said it was something like 24 goals in the last 25 games for Morris. He is turning into the weapon we hoped to see. One can only wonder what he could be doing if he had gone to the Bundesliga. I think he is definitely of European quality now, but he obviously seems happy to stay in Seattle.

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    • I thought the Seattle-LAFC game showed just how important Vela is to the LAFC attack. Vela’s presence influenced the game so much because opposing teams had to concentrate on him and leave Rossi, Blessing, etc. relatively free. Without Vela, Rossi, etc. have had a much harder time finding the net despite the LAFC being able to maintain possession over long stretches, without Vela they seem unable to make things work well.

      Of course the defense continues to be the weak link for LAFC. I think that is in part because Bradley implemented a mind-set that emphasizes possession and attacking with numbers. That is always going to run the risk of having too few players in positions to defend leads to the resultant counter-attacking goals.

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    • You dont have to wonder, just look at Josh Sargent. He touches the ball never during games and is developing at a rate of nothing compared to Morris. Scoring almost zero goals as a forward, versus many as a winger.
      I dont think Sargent has the ability of a Morris, but that IS the team he would have gone to, but smartly chose the Sounders instead.

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