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Good week for thirtysomething players
by Ridge Mahoney, April 21st, 2009 7AM



[MLS TEAM OF THE WEEK] Chicago's Cuauhtemoc Blanco, 36, got his first start of the season and provided one of Week 5's best performances. He helped 36-year-old teammate Brian McBride notch a pair against Kansas City. Ben Olsen, 31, who played just one game last season because of injury, has started four so far in 2009 and was the hero of D.C. United's 1-1 tie with New England. Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney picks the top performers from last week's action.

Week 5 Team of the Week
Kevin Hartman (Kansas City)

Staved off several Chicago attacks in the second half as the Wizards rallied to garner a 2-2 tie; Hartman just edges out Pat Onstad of Houston, who preserved a 1-0 win by saving a penalty kick and also smothering the follow-up attempt.

Drew Moor (FC Dallas)

Scored a goal and cleared a Toronto FC shot off the goal line as Dallas won for the first time this season in its fifth match.

Kevin Goldthwaite (New York)
Red Bulls shut out Real Salt Lake (2-0) with some solid team play and occasional big moments from individuals, such as Goldthwaite's spectacular clearance of a deflected shot that would have tied it at 1-1.

Carey Talley (Chivas USA)

Marshaled his team through a few rocky moments and won numerous balls on the ground and in the air as it won for the fourth time in five matches.

Amado Guevara (Toronto FC)
As predicted, the TFC midfield is as defensively porous as it is dangerous going forward, yet the Honduran looked more incisive than Dwayne De Rosario in earning two assists.

Ben Olsen (D.C. United)

Drove United forward by word and deed as it outshot the Revs, 20-4, and rescued a point with an incredible header from a nearly impossible angle.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Chicago)

Set up one goal with a free kick, created two other good chances with sharp passes and nearly scored himself with a blast that forced an excellent save.

Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas)
Drilled a shot just before halftime for a 2-0 lead, and tacked on the winner from the penalty spot to up his season tally to four goals.

Macoumba Kandji (New York)
Tormented RSL with his runs off the ball and powerful dribbles. Accounted for both goals by pouncing on a rebound to score in the second minute and setting up Juan Pablo Angel with a clever run and precise diagonal ball.

Brian McBride (Chicago)
Scored for the second straight week by collecting a long pass and firing the ball into the net, and tacked on a classic McHeader from a free kick in the first 20 minutes to give the Fire took a 2-0 lead it squandered.

Claudio Lopez (Kansas City)
Clever approach work contributed to both of Josh Wolff's goals as Wizards scored twice in 11 minutes to rally from 2-0 down.

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