Leandro González Pirez and Rodolfo Pizarro have been named as starters in the MLS Team of the Week presented by Audi for Week 21 of the 2021 season. The Argentine defender earned the distinction after assisting two goals in the 3-1 win over Toronto FC on Saturday, Aug. 21, while the Mexican midfielder earned team of the week honors due to his stellar performance in the match, netting a brace to lead Inter Miami to victory.
LGP is tied in second place with Gregore, Federico Higuaín and Lewis Morgan for most assists for Inter Miami in 2021 with three, while totaling 1,485 minutes on the pitch so far this season. Pizarro, meanwhile, has registered three goals and two assists, and has played a total of 757 minutes thus far this campaign.
With LGP’s and Pizarro’s inclusions this week, Inter Miami has now had nine players featured in the MLS Team of the Week so far this season.
Defender Nicolás Figal and midfielder Federico Higuaín were selected in Week 2 after the team’s 1-2 victory over the Philadelphia Union on April 24. Defender Ryan Shawcross was part of the starting XI for Week 3 after playing a crucial role in securing the team’s first clean sheet of the season in the scoreless draw against Nashville on May 2. Winger Lewis Morgan was named to the bench for Week 4 after netting the equalizing goal against Atlanta United to tie the match 1-1 on May 9. In Week 5 Gonzalo Higuaín was selected to the Team of the Week after scoring a brace in the 3-2 victory over FC Cincinnati on May 16. In Week 17 Gonzalo Higuaín was selected for a second time and was part of the starting lineup after scoring a brace to help the team overcome CF Montréal 2-1 on July 31. Left-back Kieran Gibbs was named as a starter in Week 17 after netting the team’s equalizer in the 1-1 draw on the road against Orlando City SC on Aug. 4. Blaise Matuidi was part of the starting lineup for Week 18 after a stellar performance in which he recorded an assist. Gonzalo HIguaín was then named to the Team of the Week for a third time this season after dishing out two assists in the 3-2 win against Chicago Fire FC on Aug. 18.