In a matchweek that was dominated by goals, Sanchez stood out for holding a potent RBNY attacking line to just one goal. With Bradley Wright-Philipps and Kaku hammering the back line in search of an equalizer or a gamewinner, Sanchez held firm and gave his team enough breathing room to let their two goals breathe. The Fire left New Jersey with all three points and, perhaps, some hope for the rest of the season.
Fire captain Dax McCarty was also named to the TOTY bench for Week 8 in recognition for his solid work in the center of the park.
Here’s the full Best XI lineup:
GK: Richard Sanchez (Chicago Fire)
Bench: Jimmy Maurer (FC Dallas), Jimmy Medranda (Sporting Kansas City), Sebastian Blanco (Portland Timbers), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Albert Rusnak (Real Salt Lake), Yoshi Yotun (Orlando City), Carlos Vela (LAFC)
Coach: Giovanni Savarese (Portland Timbers)