D.C. United lost Dwayne DeRosario for the rest of the regular season, but that didn't stop them from reviving their playoff hopes with a big win and no player played a bigger role in that win than Chris Pontius.
The D.C. left winger scored a goal and assist to help D.C. beat New England and climb back into a playoff place, a performance that earned Pontius a place on this week's SBI MLS Best XI.
Pontius wasn't the only Best XI member to step up in the absence of a star. Marcelo Sarvas stepped in and set up both goals to help lead a David Beckham-less LA Galaxy to victory against the Colorado Rapids, while Alvaro Fernandez did his part to help Chicago Fire fans forget about the departure of Marco Pappa with a key hand in both Fire victories last week.
Here are this week's selections for the SBI MLS Best XI:
SBI MLS BEST XI (Week 28)
———-Thierry Henry——–Alan Gordon————
Chris Pontius————————-Alvaro Fernandez
———Julian deGuzman—-Marcelo Sarvas———-
Justin Morrow———————–Sheanon Williams
HONORABLE MENTION: Sean Johnson (Chicago), Heath Pearce (New York), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Rodney Wallace (Portland), Dax McCarty (New York), Christian Wilhelmsson (LA Galaxy), Brad Davis (Houston), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose), Fredy Montero (Seattle), C.J. Sapong (Sporting KC).
What do you think of this week's selections? Which players were you happy to see make the squad? Which players didn't make the team that you felt should have made it?
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