SBI MLS Best XI: Week 6

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The New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy sent clear messages last weekend that they are, in fact, legitimate championship contenders, and their respective blowout victories were led by four players who headline this week's SBI MLS Best XI.

Landon Donovan returned to his dominating ways to lead this week's group, while Donovan Ricketts made some amazing saves to join him. Thierry Henry continued his recent hot streak, while Red Bulls fullback Jan Gunnar Solli made the cut thanks to one of the best performances by an MLS fullback in recent memory.

Here were SBI's selections for MLS Best XI for Week Six:


HONORABLE MENTION: Kasey Keller, Omar Gonzalez, Alain Rochat, Marvell Wynne, Teemu Tainio, Benny Feilhaber, Dane Richards, Julian DeGuzman, Diego Chaves, Chad Barrett

Some random thoughts on the picks:

Eric Avila was a second-half sub, but you can't argue that he didn't play a key role in FC Dallas winning a game it could have easily lost.

Dilly Duka gets the nod for an impressive start. The young midfielder is really coming into his own.

The two players who came closest to making the first team this week were Benny Feilhaber and Fredy Montero. Either would have been a worthy selection.

Since moving to centerback, Heath Pearce has become one of the best in the league. At this rate it could become a permanent move.


What did you think of this week's selections? Which player would have made your team that didn't make ours?

Share your thoughts below.

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36 Responses to SBI MLS Best XI: Week 6

  1. Frank says:

    Dilly Duka is also listed under Honorable Mention.

  2. patrick says:

    he was that good!

    (SBI-He’s also from Jersey, so he gets even more credit.)

  3. patrick says:

    can’t really complain about any of them, in my opinion. Hopefully we start seeing Henry up there on a regular basis

  4. Grant says:

    I know Convey had an incredible season last season. Haven’t heard much about him this season. How is he doing?

  5. Jims says:

    Really getting the sense that you guys are simply avoiding the Canadian clubs. Understandably their records are pretty awful, but nothing for Alain Rochat in Vancouver? He was wonderful on Saturday, added a goal and has been outstanding all season. Both FC Dallas goalscorers… really?

  6. soccerroo says:

    Glad Avila made it he had a great game and will hopefully be able to fill in for Df until he recovers from the brioken ankle.

  7. maka says:

    Tainio is so solid. Never the best, but a surefire pick (at the moment) for Best XI.

  8. Tim F. says:

    and Rafa Marquez but he probably should be on the Best XI. I would take Rafa the way he played against DC over Bobby Boswell and George John anytime.

  9. socnow says:

    Funny. Two weeks ago SBI was calling Henry a “injury prone bust”. Now he is week 6 Best XI.

    (SBI-Gotta love when people erase context. I said he was LOOKING like an injury-prone bust, not that he was. You really going to argue that he looked bad early on in the season?)

  10. gbs says:

    Tainio should be in there every week. One of the top 3 players in the league.

  11. boosted335 says:

    Yea really!

    Avila may be a stretch for best XI due to his short time on the pitch BUT he won the game and he consistently comes through in the clutch with big goals so as a Dallas fan im happy hes getting a lil credit

    George John has been Dallas top 1-2 players EVERY game for 2+ years. Hes beasting again this season even though (according to Hyndman) hes only 85% fit with offseason surgery forcing him to miss the preseason (and a Nat team callup)

    George John and Hartman especially have been let down by their teammates marking in the box which is why they have an awful GA avg and a poor W/L record thus far this season.

  12. sandtrout says:

    Which of these players are U.S. citizens?

  13. mistaDobalina says:

    Pearce, John, Lando and Duka have played with the USA (either Senior or youth) and Avila is American.. not sure about the others internationals with citizenships maybe…

  14. Brian says:

    Forgot about Boswell

  15. Brian says:

    Sharlie Joseph has US citizenship too.

  16. Andy says:

    Donovan Ricketts is the most overrated player in the league.

  17. boosted335 says:

    John hasnt played for USA yet. He was invited but missed a callup due to injury. If he had played during January camp he’d have been starting the last few friendlys and wouldnt STILL be such an unknown

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  19. boosted335 says:

    While i couldnt name an alternate selection I know that title def doesnt belong to ricketts

  20. A says:

    Side note if the galaxy take the CCL seriously, no way would they lose the CCL even if the corrupt CONCACAF tried to deter them, their squad is actually pretty good when everyone plays and their healthy, if they can’t do it my bet is FC Dallas because they have plenty of good skilled international players on their team. LA Vs NY for MLS Cup or NY vs RSL or LA vs RSL for a rematch of 09′.

  21. anon says:

    George John is up there in the same class as Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez in the “Young American MLS centerbacks.” Good pick.

  22. chris says:

    hahaha canada blows!!!!

  23. radi0head says:

    Dilly Duka, yeah Rutgers!

  24. opp says:

    Go ask Portland if he is overrated.

  25. A says:

    Red Bulls in Emirates Cup in London.

  26. RevsFan says:

    I got to dispute Joseph on here, aside from his goal he didn’t do much against KC. There were brighter spots for the Revs from Feilhaber and even McCarthy.

  27. A wise man once says:

    Nope no WAY. I would’ve said Henry was, but not anymore after his last two games.

  28. sandtrout says:

    Thanks for the responses. It’s nice that a majority are Americans, even while MLS has more and more foreign players.

  29. NJRB MASE says:

    I think NJRB’s can have at least 5 players in the best XI every week the way they’re clicking.

  30. Chris says:

    Rafa has to get a corner over the first defender before he can be considered.

  31. Duke of Earl says:

    I guess you fellas didn’t watch Danny Califf this weekend. That’s too bad.

  32. Jims says:

    Strong Chris, very strong.

  33. Eddie says:

    I didn’t. Did he get another tattoo?

  34. boosted335 says:

    Hey c’mon thats a cheap shot as sucking at corner service never stopped David F. from earning best11 and eventually MVP honors!

    Hope his surgery and recovery goes smoothly

    same for Zakuani

  35. boosted335 says:

    speaking of tats…why the F does Hasil have prison tatoos?? (elbows) He better watch what clubs he goes to in Vancouver as they have a thriving underworld. With that said he does look the part so he might be aight lol

  36. boosted335 says: