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Rowe (2 goals) Named to MLS Team of Week

Photo credit: New England Revolution

Photo credit: New England Revolution

Kelyn Rowe’s two-goal performance against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday was good enough to get a spot on the MLS Team of the Week for week 4.

Rowe’s first strike – which also snapped the Revolution’s season-opening goal drought – came in the 21st minute, while his second one arrived in the 37th minute. His performance rating for Saturday’s contest according to was 9.46.

The fourth-year midfielder fired seven shots – with five on target – and completed 73.8 of his passes. He led all Revolution midfielders with 65 touches.

Rowe is the second Revolution player to appear on the MLS Team of the Week this year. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth earned a spot on the week 2 squad.

The full week 4 team of the week is as follows:

GK: David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps) – Came up big when called upon, especially against Fanendo Adi in the 89th minute as the Whitecaps snatched three points from their Cascadia rivals.

D: Kofi Opare (D.C. United) – Had to hop off the bench early to spell the injured Steve Birnbaum in D.C.’s defense and handled the task well, helping United post a clean sheet against the defending champs.

D: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – Was immense alongside centerback partner Zach Loyd, locking down the Sounders’ attack through the middle despite Dallas being down a man for more than 70 minutes as they salvaged a point at home.

D: Ike Opara (Sporting Kansas City) – Solid defensive performance in SKC’s first win of the season by the veteran center back that included a game-winner.

D: Damien Perrinelle (New York Red Bulls) – Was strong at the center of a young and inexperienced backline as the Red Bulls grabbed their second consecutive win.

M: Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution) – Scored two goals and could have easily had a hat trick as the Revolution toppled the Quakes 2-1.

M: Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire) – He’s becoming appointment viewing. Easily the smartest, most creative player on the field and deserves more than just an assist for the gorgeous set-piece delivery that Adailton finished as the Fire got their first win of the season.

M: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) – Dropped a couple beautiful assists against Toronto as RSL grabbed their first win of 2015 on Sunday.

M: Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City) – Adjusting well to his new position in Peter Vermes’ system, as he was the fulcrum of SKC’s attack on Saturday night.

M: Kaká (Orlando City SC) – Finally showed everything he can do in MLS, as he put on a show at the Big O to help get Orlando City the draw against the Impact.

F: Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls) – Had his second straight week of providing a goal and an assist to the Red Bulls attack, as well as pressuring Columbus’ backline throughout the game, forcing them into mistakes.

Coach: Jesse Marsch (New York Red Bulls) – Has his midfield absolutely humming and got a strong performance from his backline despite injuries and international call-ups.

Bench: Jeff Attinella (Real Salt Lake), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Juan Ramirez (Colorado Rapids), Pedro Ribeiro (Orlando City SC), Nick DeLeon (D.C. United), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)

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