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UPDATE, 10 July: Sources confirmed to Futhead Tuesday that Team of the Week is not returning this week as originally planned. It's a safe bet that we'll see the return of normal/regular TOTW after the World Cup's conclusion next week.
Squad Link: https://www.futhead.com/18/squads/3440498/
Yang Han Been - GK - OVR 70 We start the prediction with one of only a few K-League representatives. The keepers were beyond difficult to select and thus Been's 10 saves is very difficult to overlook despite also conceding twice in a 2-2 draw.
Philippe Senderos - CB - OVR 68 It was an impressive week for Senderos, the ex-Arsenal defender after he found himself on the scoresheet three times over the two games he played the first coming in a 2-2 draw before scoring another two in Houston's 3-0 win. I would be very surprised to see him snubbed come Wednesday.
Daniel Sundgren - RB - OVR 67 Although you could argue a strong case for Sungren's teammate, Tarik, I believe that it will be the RB getting the nod instead. Partly due to being a gold IF due to his previous Silver one but with two assists from defense he becomes one of the strongest option in his position.
Alexander Stolas - LB - OVR 64 Just like the other defenders selected this week Stolas comes because of multiple offensive contributions. Although he conceded twice the fact he has two assists to his name in a win makes him stand out, especially with a lack of Norwegian options being present.
Diego Valeri - LM - OVR 79 The first of two Portland players I have decided to include goes to Valeri. The Argentine assisted both goals in a narrow 2-1 win. His Gold status should help him with EA likely to include as many golds as possible for the return of TOTW.
Saphir Taider - CM - OVR 75 This side was always going to be packed full of MLS players due to the leagues on offer but we were helped by several top performances coming from the division. One of those was Taider after he scored two from the center of the park during Montreal's 2-1 win at home to Colorado.
Alberth Elis - RW - OVR 72 Probably the weakest selection in my MLS exclusive midfield seeing as Senderos is already included but Elis's performance was arguably the better one. The Honduran scored one and assisted another in the previously mentioned 3-0 win.
Romain Alessandrini - RM - OVR 78 This is an interesting one as technically Alessandrini is a back to back IF which has never happened before. What makes this unique is the gap between both TOTW's though and thus I am willing to take the punt on the Frenchman after he scored twice off the bench for Galaxy during their 4-0 win.
Samuel Armenteros - ST - OVR 74 Under the same circumstances as Alessandrini we have Armenteros. The Portland forward scored twice allowing them to pick up three points via a 2-1 win over San Jose. He is further helped by the fact that it would be a SIF and thus making him gold.
Markus Rosenberg - ST - OVR 73 Considering the caliber of sides in action this week Malmo can be classed as a top side and thus Rosenburg's brace can be preferred to multiple other options. Malmo ended up running away as 4-0 winners but it was Rosenburg who led them towards that.
Darwin Quintero - ST - OVR 73 If silvers still turned into silver IF's like they used to Quintero would have some significant hype surrounding this potential IF but with him going to a gold instead the same value is not there and instead he will become a decent discard IF. The Colombian scored three of four Minnesota goals as they played out a thrilling 4-3 win over Toronto.
Isak Peterson- GK - OVR 64 Both keepers were very difficult to select this week and thus I expect a random one to be included. I can only go with the players I have noticed though and therefore we have Peterson who picked up MOTM for Norrkoping in their 1-1 draw after making a total of eight saves.
Bendik Bye - RW - OVR 57 Bye was a late addition to the side after his Monday night performance saw him claim all three of his sides goals in a closely fought 3-2 win. With only one other hat trick this week I find it hard to believe that they will overlook him despite being a Monday fixture.
Simon Lundevall - LM - OVR 71 The Swedish league made the selection process difficult with no stand out options being present but a lot of mediocre options. I expect the league to receive at least two or three players and thus I felt I had to include some. One of those players is Lundevall who picked up both assists in a narrow 2-1 win.
Moon Seon Min - LM - OVR 67 Jeonbuk often run away with the division in Korea and early signs suggest that could well be the case once more. Due to that Incheon of whom are struggling in the division will be more than happy with the point they picked up. Moon scored two of their three goals in the 3-3 draw and thus stands in good stead for an IF.
Ole Jorgen Halvorsen - RM - OVR 66 Although both of Halvorsen's goals came directly from the penalty spot he still stands out this week with just six leagues in action. He added an assist for good measure which is likely to be a great help in making the cut.
Erling Haland - ST - OVR 58 Molde recorded a very convincing 5-1 home win over a respectable Valerenga side from which Haland was named player of the week with the young striker recorded two goals and an assist to be awarded with a 9/10 match rating. Definitely a player to look out for!
Adama Valentin Diomande - ST - OVR 69 Los Angeles recorded a convincing 4-1 win over Orlando from which a couple of potential IF's appeared from. The best is seemingly Diomande after he scored two of those four to then pick up the MOTM award.