MLS team of the week: Ignacio Piatti and Mike Magee shine on opening day

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The Montreal Impact playmaker and LA Galaxy striker are joined by the likes of Ashley Cole and Tommy McNamara in our line-up for Week 1.

GK – David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes)

The newly-capped US international made five save in San Jose’s 1-0 home victory over the Colorado Rapids, including a certified Save of the Week contender five minutes before the end to secure his side the three points.

RB – Atiba Harris (FC Dallas)

The veteran full-back produced a match-leading seven interceptions in FCD’s 2-0 home win over the Philadelphia Union, while also getting forward to notch up three shots, three crosses and two key passes. Not bad for a player whose starting spot looked far from assured going into the new campaign.

CB – Nuno Andre Coelho (Sporting Kansas City)

The Portuguese defender had a debut to remember at the Seattle Sounders, netting a long-range strike 17 minutes from the end to hand his new club a hard-fought 1-0 win. He also produced four clearances, one interception and completed 89 percent of his match-leading 79 passes.

CB – Daniel Steres (LA Galaxy)

Like Coelho, Steres also marked his MLS debut with a goal in LA’s 4-1 thumping of D.C. United, cancelling out Lamar Neagle’s first-half opener nine minutes after the break with a booming header off a Mike Magee corner. At the back, the former Los Dos defender produced eight clearances, two tackles, two interceptions and won five aerial duels.

LB – Ashley Cole (LA Galaxy)

Another Galaxy defender who impressed in Sunday night’s victory, the polarising Cole silenced some of his critics with a solid showing on both sides of the ball, recording three crosses, three dribbles, eight interceptions and two tackles.

CM – Tommy McNamara (New York City FC)

With Frank Lampard out injured, McNamara staked his claim for a regular starting spot in NYCFC’s 4-3 win at the Chicago Fire, opening the scoring 10 minutes into the game with a sublime strike from distance before setting up what proved to be the winner for Mix Diskerud just after the hour.

CM – Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)

After opening the scoring in December’s MLS Cup final against Columbus Crew SC, Valeri was at it again on the weekend, netting a 23rd-minute free-kick as the reigning champions went on to beat Gregg Berhalter’s men 2-1 once again.

RW – David Accam (Chicago Fire)

Despite being on the losing side, Accam proved a real threat in the Fire’s defeat to NYCFC. In addition to scoring from the spot and grabbing an assist, the Ghanaian speedster recorded a league-leading seven shots, six dribbles, five crosses and created two chances.

AM – Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact)

One of the frontrunners for the Player of the Week award, Piatti was exceptional in Montreal’s 3-2 win at the Vancouver Whitecaps, making up for Didier Drogba’s absence with two goals – the first coming in spectacular fashion after a weaving run – and an assist. That's enough to edge out Dallas' Mauro Diaz for the No. 10 spot in our line-up.

LW – Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution)

While the Revs only came away from Sunday’s trip to the Houston Dynamo with a 3-3 draw, Fagundez had a lot to be pleased about. The Homegrown attacker opened the scoring after just three minutes with a wonder goal, set up Charlie Davies’ second-half strike and then grabbed another assist on Daigo Kobayashi’s stoppage-time equaliser.

ST – Mike Magee (LA Galaxy)

Magee’s second MLS debut for LA couldn’t have gone much better. Replacing the injured Giovani dos Santos at half-time, the former league MVP went on to grab two goals, set up a third and drew a penalty as the Galaxy shocked D.C. with four second-half strikes.

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