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Goncalves Earns Weekly Honors

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Revolution center back Jose Goncalves earned a spot on the’s Team of the Week for week 24 following his performance in a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.

The 29-year-old defender helped the Revolution claim maximum points by scoring the game-winner in the 69th minute. His defensive efforts weren’t overlooked, either, as the Portuguese international collected six clearances, two interceptions while completing 84.4 percent of his passes, including a team-best four aerial wins.

For his stout performance against the Dynamo, Goncalves was named Man of the Match by, which collects statistical data for a number of first-division soccer leagues across the globe.

Goncalves and his Revolution teammates will enjoy their second bye week before returning to action on Aug. 29 when they face the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. Team of the Week (week 24)

GK: Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire) – Sure he conceded three goals, but Johnson was in the zone in the game’s final minutes, making multiple incredible saves.

D: Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes) – When he scores, it’s a winner, and Goodson grabbed his second this year for the Quakes in the win against the Rapids, helping preserve the shutout as well.

D: Nat Borchers (Portland Timbers) – Grabbed the dramatic game-winner and anchored the Timbers back line that kept RSL off balance in their attack all night.

D: Jose Goncalves (New England Revolution) – Almost had a couple of moments where he lost the ball in dangerous spots but was otherwise solid defensively and scored the game-winner with a well-taken effort.

M: Cristian Maidana (Philadelphia Union) – Three assists says it all. He controlled the midfield and was deadly on the counter in the Union’s 3-3 draw.

M: Paulo Nagamura (Sporting Kansas City) – Scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the final 10 minutes. That’s really all you have to say.

M: Kwadwo Poku (New York City FC) – The most consistent player on the field for NYCFC in their win over D.C., Poku scored a goal and an assist and displayed some of the skills that make him a fan favorite.

M: Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps) – He was a menace to SKC all night, picking off errant passes and starting attacks from the left side. He scored twice and nearly had a hat trick in the Whitecaps’ loss in Kansas City.

F: Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders) – Didn’t miss a beat on his return from injury, netting two goals against a hapless Orlando defense and receiving a deserved standing ovation.

F: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) – In his 100th MLS regular-season game, Keane showed what made him so great through his first 99: He scored both of LA’s goals in their 2-1 win.

F: Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls) – Was a menacing presence to the Toronto FC back line in the Red Bulls’ 3-0 win. Scored just one goal, but his affect on the game was much greater.

Coach: Sigi Schmid (Seattle Sounders) – Neatly got Martins, Román Torres and Nelson Valdez into the starting lineup in what became a trouncing of Orlando City.

Bench: Adam Kwarasey (Portland Timbers), Robbie Rogers (LA Galaxy), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Tommy McNamara (New York City FC), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Kennedy Igboananike (Chicago Fire)

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