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Fagundez, Farrell Earn Weekly Honors

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Photo credit: Kari Heistad/capturedimages.biz

Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez and center back Andrew Farrell were named to the MLSSoccer.com Team of the Week for week 28 after posting strong performances on Sunday against Toronto FC.

Fagundez scored what proved to be the deciding goal on a blast from outside the box in the 39th minute. Fagundez’s effort was nominated for MLSSoccer.com’s Goal of the Week, and marked the third straight game in which the 20-year-old bulged the back of the net. The Homegrown Player also appeared on the MLSSoccer.com Team of the Week last week for his performance against Orlando City.

Farrell’s performance against the Reds – who fired a total 21 shots on Sunday – was nothing short of spectacular. The third-year defender racked up a game-high 12 clearances, posted three interceptions, and blocked three shots while marking MVP front-runner Sebastian Giovinco. Farrell’s nomination marked the third straight week in which he was named to the MLSSoccer.com Team of the Week.

MLSSoccer.com Team of the Week (Week 28)

GK: Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City) – The Chivas USA alum reached a career high in saves, seven, while standing on his head to keep a precious clean sheet for SKC in Portland at midweek.

D: Victor Cabrera (Montreal Impact) – Played a vital role as his team earned a rare point from a trip to LA, as Montreal’s composed defending shut down the vaunted Galaxy attack.

D: Bobby Burling (Colorado Rapids) – The big man showed a finisher’s touch to beat D.C.’s Bill Hamid on Saturday and made a bevy of defensive interventions, all without committing a single foul.

D: Andrew Farrell (New England Revolution) – Made a slew of important defensive plays, many of them deep in his own penalty box, as his team held off Sebastian Giovinco and TFC.

D: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew SC) – With a relentless motor and an attacking mindset, the Ghanaian looks perfect for Crew SC and on Saturday vs. Philadelphia, he notched his first MLS assist.

M: Cristian Techera (Vancouver Whitecaps) – With a goal and an assist vs. Colorado on Wednesday, the diminutive Uruguayan continued to impress in his debut season in British Columbia.

M: Michel (FC Dallas) – Scored what turned out to be the game-winner on a rare Olimpico vs NYCFC, but was also one of the Dallas’ more dangerous players with three shots on goal and his trademark free kicks.

M: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) – A goal, an assist and a pivotal role in some tantalizing sequences of legit pass-and-move attacking soccer from RSL at Houston.

M: Adrian Winter (Orlando City SC) – City’s summer arrival from Switzerland led the unexpected romp over Sporting with a goal in the 3rd minute and another 69 minutes later, powering the desperate Lions to a much-needed win.

F: Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution) – Continued his fine form by scoring his third goal in as many games and helping the Revs weather Toronto FC’s pressure.

F: Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew SC) – Two goals vs. Philly ran his league-leading total to 20, and kept him in contention for the all-time single-season scoring mark of 27 (jointly held by Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips).

Coach: Mauro Biello (Montreal Impact) – IMFC’s interim boss set his team up to successfully stymie the defending champs, as LA dropped points at home for just the fourth time all season.

Bench: Bill Hamid (DC), Fatai Alashe (SJ), Sacha Kljestan (NY), Cristian Higuita (ORL), Juan Manuel Martinez (RSL), David Accam (CHI), Obafemi Martins (SEA)

2 Comments

  1. Robert

    September 15, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Brian,

    With the MLS roster freeze coming, I believe today, have you heard anything about the Revs supplementing the roster before the deadline. Are Whitbread and Packwood still training with the club? I would like to see them add CB depth in case something happened to Goncalves or Farrell. Or to just give them some rest before the playoffs.

    • Brian O'Connell

      September 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Robert,

      The roster freeze is indeed today, specifically at 5pm ET. I haven’t seen Whitbread at all on the training field, so I don’t believe he’ll be added before the freeze. Packwood’s situation is somewhat different. My sense is that they’re letting him train for the time being, with an eye toward possibly signing during the offseason. While both would certainly give the Revs depth at a critical area, I don’t think either one would be a judicious signing at this juncture of the season. Whitbread hasn’t played a competitive match in months, while there are appears to be concerns about Packwood’s oft-injured knees. In my view, the time to make a CB signing was earlier this summer, at the latest, rather than now, where it would be tough for any non-superstar newcomer to crack the 18.

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