Three certainly was the magic number in Major League Soccer this week.
With an assist to go along with his three tallies from a wide midfield role, Shipp ran even further away from the pack in the Rookie of the Year race. But his Chicago Fire only narrowly escaped with the 5-4 win after the scorching-hot Wright-Phillips made it eight goals in his past four games. And in Houson, it was Morales who sparked Real Salt Lake's 5-2 win by scoring on an ambitious first-minute chip before redirecting home another tally and converting a penalty kick.
Those players are joined in the attack by Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer, whose brace against Montreal got him to six goals on the season after entering 2014 with just a pair of goals in his two MLS campaigns. New England winger Diego Fagundez also makes the cut after scoring his long-awaited first two goals of the season in the Revolution's 5-0 demolition of Seattle.
Anchoring the midfield is Kansas City's Uri Rosell, who completed an astonishing 160 of 166 passes as Kansas City cruised to the 3-0 win in Montreal. He sits in front of a back line led by D.C. United's Bobby Boswell after the captain came up with 12 big clearances in a gritty 1-0 victory at Philadelphia. Also getting the nod is San Jose center back Clarence Goodson, who assisted Cordell Cato's strike against FC Dallas and went 180 minutes as the Earthquakes conceded just one goal over two games.
Dallas left back Michel earns a spot thanks to his penalty kick goal at Seattle and his emphatic free kick strike against San Jose. Journeyman Dan Gargan is on the opposite side after effectively jumping into the LA Galaxy's attack against Portland and picking up an assist for his long throw-in on Robbie Keane's goal.
Rounding out the squad is United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who preserved D.C.'s shutout win over Philadelphia with a spectactular double-save in the second half.