MLS returned from the international break this week (well, save for those three games during the break) with pretty much the exact opposite of a bang. At least at first. Friday night featured two exciting-on-paper matchups that produced a grand total of zero goals between them. Luckily, the action kicked into higher gear as the weekend went on, giving us plenty to recap in this edition of The MLS XI.
Here's what you need to know from MLS Week 5:
Days after arriving in the United States, Bastian Schweinsteiger started his debut game for the Chicago Fire, and it hardly could have started much better than it did:
Rimando’s above error, which gifted Christian Ramirez one of his two goals, was one of a slew of sloppy plays by RSL in that game, the first MLS match in Minneapolis to not take place in an insane snowstorm. The result: Minnesota's first MLS win, by a 4–2 score line. Congratulations to the Loons!
In case you haven’t seen it yet, feast your eyes on this early candidate for Goal of the Year from the Timbers’ Diego Valeri.
Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake didn’t do Fabinho any favors with an over-hit pass in the first half against D.C. United. To be fair to Fabinho, the instinct in that situation is almost always to try and keep the ball in play. So that’s what he did.
The pranksters’ favorite holiday seems to always give MLS teams an excuse to flex their comedy muscles. Most teams got involved in some way, and some efforts were better than others. Here are three of the best:
The Portland Timbers prank defender Jack Barmby, making him him his car is being towed. Barmby seems to be mostly worried about his golf clubs (?!).