The first leg of action in the 2014 MLS Playoffs concluded last night with FC Dallas drawing with the Seattle Sounders 1-1. After an exciting and dynamic opening round of the 2014 MLS Playoffs which players stood out to you as the Best XI? Did one player stand out above the rest or were their several players that proved invaluable to their respective club?
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored just one goal in the first-leg of competition against DC United, but also scored twice against Sporting Kansas City in the knock-out round to send his team through. His presence on the field makes everyone around him better, especially since he has learned from Thierry Henry. The one-two punch of Henry and Wright-Phillips makes it next to impossible to slow down if you are opposing defenses.
What about Nick Rimando of Real Salt Lake? Did his shut-out against the LA Galaxy give him enough boast to make the Best XI? Rimando and his defense allowed just three shots from the Galaxy, while their offense kept Galaxy goalkeeper Jamie Penedo busy all night long.
Every club gets a week to rest and game plan for the second-leg of competition that begins on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm eastern as DC United host the New York Red Bulls. The action continues on Sunday afternoon with the New England Revolution taking on the Columbus Crew at 4 pm eastern.
Playing for 90 has our Best XI for the first round of the 2014 MLS Playoffs. Check it out and let us know your thoughts about our selections.