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Following an impressive performance against LAFC, Minnesota United defender Brent Kallman has earned a spot on the MLS Team of the Week for Week 31. 

Kallman ended MNUFC’s scoring drought in emphatic fashion on Tuesday, rising above his mark to head home an Emanuel Reynoso corner kick that put his team up 1-0. This was Kallman’s second goal of the season, and what an important goal it was. His 45th minute strike earned the Loons their first point since their win against the Houston Dynamo on August 27, four games prior.

Though goals typically get the headlines, Kallman earned this honor through more than scoring. His defensive presence in the back was just as pivotal to ending Minnesota United’s losing streak, as he helped to limit one of the league’s best attacks to just three shots on goal. The partnership between he and Michael Boxall is looking increasingly solid, a trend the Loons would love to see continue as the regular season winds down.

With just three games remaining, Kallman’s presence will be crucial in Minnesota United’s playoff push. Whether he is scoring goals or keeping them out, he has a huge role to play for the Black and Blue.

See the full MLS Team of the Week for Week 31 below:

F: Gonzalo Higuain (MIA), Moussa Djitte (ATX), Kei Kamara (MTL)

M: Fafa Picault (HOU), Thiago Almada (ATL), Pedro Vite (VAN), Carlos Vela (LAFC)

D: Andrew Gutman (ATL), Robert Voloder (SKC), Keegan Rosenberry (COL)

GK: Djordje Petrovic (NE) 

Coach: Josh Wolff (ATX) 

Bench: Brad Stuver (ATX), Brent Kallman (MIN), Ismael Kone (MTL), Erik Thommy (SKC), Alejandro Pozuelo (MIA), Xherdan Shaqiri (CHI), Corey Baird (HOU)