Will Bruin looks like a player destined to score plenty of goals in his pro career, but he may never forget his first multi-goal game.
Bruin's hat-trick helped Houston roll to a 4-1 win against D.C. United last Friday, and earned him his first nod to the SBI MLS Best XI.
The Dynamo rookie wasn't alone among Houston's standouts to earn a place. Brad Davis made the cut as well, capping off an incredible month with another stellar effort, assisting on two of Bruin's goals.
The Philadelphia Union also enjoyed a strong week, fending off an early red card to post a hard-fought 1-0 victory. Union star Sebastien LeToux capped a tremendous effort with a clutch penalty kick while goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon and Carlos Valdes helped anchor yet another Union shutout.
So who else made the squad this week? Here is SBI's MLS Best XI for Week 7:
Honorable Mention: Jon Conway, Julius James, Rafa Marquez, Michael Farfan, Marco Pappa, Amobi Okugo, Dejan Rusmir, Khalif Alhassan, Luke Rodgers, Kenny Cooper, Marcos Mondaini.
Plenty of good options this week, particularly at forward. Marco Mondiani was stellar, and Kenny Cooper was clutch, but they didn't fit on the first team. Marco Pappa probably came closest to making the first team among the Honorable Mention selections.
Mondragon only had one official save, but his aggressiveness and organization of the Philly defense doesn't show up on the stat sheet. There were other keepers who posted shutouts, but none were more vital to the shutout as Mondragon.
A very attack-minded lineup, and obviously not one that would work practically since there's no defensive midfielder. If we were going to go with a defensive midfielder it would have been Amobi Okugo, who was clutch in helping Philly win despite going down a man early.
George John is rounding into form and, after a rough first few weeks, is looking more like the player who impressed so much last season.
What do you think of these selections? Anybody not make the first team who you felt deserved it? Who were you happy to see included?
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