For the fourth time in the 2013 season, Djimi Traore has been named to the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week, this time after a stifling defensive performance in a 3-0 win over FC Dallas on Saturday.
He takes over the team lead for Team of the Week appearances from forward Lamar Neagle, who was named to the team in three out of five weeks earlier this season.
Seattle’s smothering defense kept Dallas without a shot on goal for the match as Sounders FC charged to a nine-match home unbeaten streak.
Traore was joined on Team of the Week by goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake); defenders Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes) and Doneil Henry (Toronto FC); midfielders Lloyd Sam (New York Red Bulls), Matias Laba (Toronto FC), Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo) and Jonny Steele (New York Red Bulls); and forwards Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Conor Doyle (DC United) and Luis Silva (DC United).
Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans were among the seven players listed as honorable mention.
Here are the previous winners for the Sounders FC:
Week 1: D DeAndre Yedlin
Week 3: F Eddie Johnson
Week 4: D Djimi Traore
Week 5: GK Michael Gspurning
Week 11: Traore, M Mauro Rosales, F Lamar Neagle, coach Sigi Schmid.
Week 12: Johnson, Neagle.
Week 14: Traore.
Week 15: Neagle.
Week 19: F Obafemi Martins.
Week 22: D/M Marc Burch.
Week 23: Traore.