Not often does a player put together two solid performances consecutively in this league, let alone twice in the same week and on defense no less. Florian Jungwirth did just that in week 12, helping the San Jose Earthquakes in stunting an unpredictable Orlando attack limiting them to a single goal, followed by a complete stifling of the league leaders (prior to the week’s results) FC Dallas. In his efforts, he was able to compile a total of ten tackles, four shots blocked, three interceptions, twelve clearances, and eleven recoveries. The Earthquakes collected four points over the week, and now sit comfortably in a playoff position, three points from first.
An honorable mention goes to the entire Chicago team defense. Though none made the Total MLS team of the week, the unit collectively denied a single goal from entering their net over the week. The only caveat to their achievement, however, is that their two matches were against the Colorado Rapids and D.C. United, the two worst offensive clubs in MLS in the first third of this season.
Offensively, Miguel Almiron removed any doubt over who should be named the offensive player of the week, netting his first hat trick in his MLS career. The playmaker also accomplished an 81% pass completion rate including two key passes during the match. His contributions pushed Atlanta United FC back to within two points of a playoff position and into the conversation as an expansion team with serious intentions in their debut year.