Axel Sjöberg and the Colorado Rapids picked up right where they left off.
The 6-foot-7 Swedish center back was named to the Major League Soccer Team of the Week after anchoring the backline in the Rapids' 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution in a season opener last Saturday in Commerce City, Colo.
Sjöberg, 25, was named to the MLS Best XI and was one of three finalists for the Defender of the Year award last season for Colorado, which allowed a league-low 32 goals and recorded 13 clean sheets over the 34-game regular season.
The Rapids play at the New York Red Bulls at 2 p.m. Saturday in Harrison, N.J.
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