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2017 MLS Team of Week 9: DC United shines in Week 9

TotW is full of praise for DCU this week.

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Unexpectedly, this week's team is lined up in a 4-4-2...

GK - Bill Hamid (D.C. United):

When Kenwyne Jones opened the scoring for Atlanta United in the 9th minute of its Week 9 meeting with DCU, a routine home win seemed very much on the cards. But Hamid would let no more shots past him, totaling six saves on the day. And DC found three goals to capitalize on the platform he provided.

LB - Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls):

Concerns about his health notwithstanding, Lawrence had yet another big game for RBNY, capping this week's performance with the match-winner for his team against Chicago Fire.

CB - Florian Jungwirth (San Jose Earthquakes):

Slumping San Jose hadn't won a game since March and had gone two matches without scoring prior to this week's visit to Minnesota United. Jungwirth contributed to the defensive effort that made the Quakes the first team to keep Minnesota from scoring at home in MLS, and bagged the match-winner for his team.

CB - Jack Elliott (Philadelphia Union):

Starting the 77th overall pick of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft at center-back could be taken as a sign of how desperate Philadelphia is to snap a winless streak that now stretches to eight games. But Elliott can claim to be part of the modest revival of the Union's fortunes in recent weeks. He made his third consecutive start for Philly in Week 9, helping his team to a clean sheet on the road in LA, and it second draw in a row. For a team that was only recently on a four-game losing streak, that is an improvement in form.

RB - Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders):

Jones is a left back, but he is on the right in this selection just to get him in there somewhere. Chipped in two assists to Seattle's fightback from 3-0 down to secure a 3-3 draw against New England this week.

MID - Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City):

Set the tone for KC's 3-0 win over RSL by notching the opening goal with a shot from the edge of the box.

MID - Jack Harrison (New York City FC):

He's the official MLS Player of the Week for his brace that led NYCFC to a 3-2 road win over Columbus Crew.

MID - Andrew Jacobson (Vancouver Whitecaps):

He's not in the Caps lineup for his scoring prowess, but Jacobson picked a good time for a big game in front of goal. He scored the equalizer and was the assist-man on Cristian Techera's match-winner as Vancouver overturned a 1-0 deficit to claim its first road win of MLS 2017.

MID - Luciano Acosta (D.C. United):

Scored one and set up one to push DCU into a 3-1 lead on the road in Atlanta, and was subbed out in the 65th minute: he'd done his job. All DC had to do was close out the win set up by Acosta, which it did.

FWD - Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC):

Toronto beat Houston 2-0 this week, and Altidore scored both goals.

FWD - Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution):

Agudelo has never scored more than seven goals for one team in the MLS regular season, but his brace this week gave him six from nine appearances for the Revs in 2017.

Coach - Ben Olsen (D.C. United):

DCU's 3-1 win in Atlanta was the most surprising result of the weekend, but it was not undeserved.