Bradley Wright-Phillips has made an emphatic entrance into Goal's MLS Team of the Week.
In and out of the lineup since joining MLS in July, the Red Bulls striker broke out Wednesday with a hat trick in New York's 4-0 thrashing of the Houston Dynamo, then notched the equalizer in a 1-1 draw at the Columbus Crew on Saturday for good measure.
In net for this week's squad is Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark, who made six saves while helping preserve the point for Columbus against New York. After slamming home the winner in D.C. United's 4-1 triumph over FC Dallas, Bobby Boswell gets the nod at center back. He's joined by San Jose's Victor Bernardez, who racked up 16 clearances as the Earthquakes shut out Chivas USA 1-0.
Sean Franklin steps in at right back after helping set the stage for Boswell's strike and also opening his DCU account with a classy outside-of-the-foot finish against Dallas. Roy Miller is at left back for the second straight week, thanks to two strong performances for New York, including a top-notch assist on Wright-Phillips' second goal against Houston.
Anchoring the midfield is Montreal Impact captain Patrice Bernier, who complemented his workmanlike outing with the shot that led to Felipe Martins' rebound goal in a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union. After assisting Teal Bunbury's strike and drawing a penalty kick, Diego Fagundez makes the team following the New England Revolution's 2-0 win against Sporting Kansas City. And Lamar Neagle is on the opposite flank after bagging a goal and an assist in the Seattle Sounders' 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.
Also from the Sounders, of course, is Clint Dempsey, who makes the team for the fourth week in a row after scoring twice for Seattle and setting up Neagle's strike. With two goals and a stunning assist for United, Fabian Espindola joins Dempsey and Wright-Phillips in the attack.
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