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

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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