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Danso Named in MLS Week 8 Best XI

May 11, 2011, 4:16 PM | Article By: Sainabou Kujabi-Njie

Mamadou Danso, who plays for MLS side Portland Timbers, was named in the goal.com best eleven players in week eight of the US MLS league rankings.

The Gambian international, fondly called “Futty” earned himself a spot on the first eleven after a resounding performance with the Timbers against Philadelphia Union, which ended 1-0 at the weekend.

“Not only did Danso net Portland’s winner with a well-taken header, he was rock solid in the back as well. He dealt very well with almost every ball played near him in the box and was a huge factor in mitigating the Union’s goal-scoring chances, according to goal.com.

David Beckham’s strong play against New York helped the 36-year-old to earn a spot in this week’s Best XI. Despite his struggle to come to grips with MLS refereeing, Beckham has clearly come to play in the final year of his Galaxy contract. His range of passing and distribution from deep positions were a sight to behold. He notched a superb assistance and could have easily had two or three more had his teammates finished their chances.

Thierry Henry’s class was evident on Saturday night, with his intelligent run and finish giving New York an early lead against the Galaxy. Though his side settled for a draw, Henry was a constant threat in the attack, as evidenced by his clever touches and smart play throughout the match and was therefore a candidate for this week best. D.C. United’s Charlie Davies was also named in the weekly player rankings.