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By IVES GALARCEP
Jermain Defoe’s MLS debut grabbed the headlines in MLS Week Two, but it was actually the week of the defender in Major League Soccer as several centerbacks and fullbacks stepped up with memorable performances worthy of a place in the SBI MLS Best XI.
Victor Bernardez was at the forefront, scoring two goals to help the San Jose Earthquakes rally from two goals down to tie Real Salt Lake. FC Dallas centerback Matt Hedges was also outstanding defensively before stepping up with a late equalizer of his own.
Then you have Bakary Soumare, who rebounded from a poor showing in MLS Week One to anchor the Chicago Fire’s impressive draw on the road at Portland. Kofi Sarkodie rounded out the defensive selections for the SBI MLS Best XI by turning in an outstanding effort at right back in the Houston Dynamo’s 1-0 win against Montreal.
This week’s Best XI midfield features a trio of U.S. Men’s National Team options who should all get calls when Jurgen Klinsmann selects his team to face Mexico in two weeks.
Here is the SBI MLS Best XI For Week Two:
SBI MLS BEST XI (Week Two)
Shea Salinas—————Michael Bradley————-Mauro Rosales
——————Kyle Beckerman——Maurice Edu——————–
Matt Hedges–Victor Bernardez—-Bakary Soumare–Kofi Sarkodie
Luis Robles, Amobi Okugo, Aurelien Collin, Ray Gaddis, Steven Caldwell, Jonathan Osorio, Brad Davis, Osvaldo Alonso, Benny Feilhaber, Matias Laba, Clint Dempsey, Erick Torres, Kekuta Manneh, Sebastian LeToux, Quincy Amarikwa
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