Real Salt Lake defenders Aaron Herrera and Marcelo Silva have been named to MLSsoccer.com's MLS Team of the Week for week 9 following the team’s 1-0 victory over LA Galaxy. Silva was named to the starting lineup, while Herrera earned a spot on the Team of the Week bench.
Silva scored his third goal for the Claret-and-Cobalt in the 49th minute off a corner kick from Pablo Ruiz, flicking the ball with his head deep into the back of the net for the lead. The goal would prove to be the eventual game winner. Additionally, Silva contributed to the team’s fourth clean sheet of the season, adding a team-high seven clearances.
Herrera led Real Salt Lake in touches with 73, while also adding five clearances and one interception. The match marked Herrera’s second start of the season after returning from injury, while also being a celebration of his 100th Major League Soccer regular season appearance.
Previously, Silva has been named to the Team of the Week twice, once as a starter in Week 29 of 2019 and once on the bench in Week 13 of 2018. Meanwhile, this is Herrera’s sixth time appearing on MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week.
Below is MLSsoccer.com’s full Team of the Week for Week 9 organized in a 4-5-1 formation:
F: Patryk Klimala (RBNY)
M: Luciano Acosta (CIN), Carles Gil (NE), Mark-Anthony Kaye (COL), Keaton Parks (NYC), Sebastian Driussi (ATX)
D: Pedro Santos (CLB), Kamal Miller (MTL), Marcelo Silva (RSL), Ruan (ORL)
GK: Andre Blake (PHI)
Coach: Steve Cherundolo (LAFC)
Bench:Andrew Tarbell (ATX), Aaron Herrera (RSL), Diego Palacios (LAFC), Darlington Nagbe (CLB), Djordje Mihailovic (MTL), Talles Magno (NYC), Daniel Salloi (SKC)
Real Salt Lake is set to make its debut at GEODIS Park, the newest stadium in Major League Soccer, home to Nashville SC, in just the second-ever match since its opening, next Sunday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m. MT. The Club will then return to the Wasatch Front to host Austin FC for the fifth-annual Pride Night, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. MT.