MLS team of the week: Thierry Henry and Jermain Defoe star in week 18

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe were two of the star performers in MLS over the past few days of action.

It was another busy weekend of goals in MLS, with 31 scored across the nine games, as a couple of former Premier League stars particularly stood out among the attacking talent.

GK – Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)

Johnson was the hero of Chicago’s 1-0 win over the New England Revolution, making seven saves, including on a crucial 86th-minute spot-kick, to help his side to all three points.

RB – Donny Toia (Chivas USA)

A surprise breakout player this season, Toia has been extremely solid during Chivas’s run of four straight wins, keeping the dangerous Kekuta Manneh quiet on Saturday as the Goats beat Vancouver 3-1 on the road.

CB – Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders)

Marshall has been one of the top centre-backs in the league this season and his performance on the weekend was arguably his best of the year, stalling the Portland Timbers attack for 90 minutes as Seattle claimed a 2-0 win over their bitter rivals.

CB – Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)

Returning from Brazil, Sporting KC’s captain put in a World Cup-calibre performance to help the reigning MLS Cup champions to a 2-1 win over Montreal, even notching up an assist on one of his trademark long throw-ins.

LB – Robbie Rogers (LA Galaxy)

Rogers has barely put a foot wrong since Bruce Arena made the bold decision last month to move him back to full-back, putting in another faultless display in the 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

DM – Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)

It was another typically excellent display from the veteran captain, who, despite the 1-0 defeat to the Galaxy, was one of the best players on the pitch, proving a rock in front of the back four, just as was the case for the USA in Brazil.

CM – Dillon Powers (Colorado Rapids)

In a hectic 3-3 draw with the Philadelphia Union, Powers inspired his side’s comeback from a two-goal deficit with an all-action display in midfielder, converting a penalty 10 minutes from time, having earlier set up their opener.

CM – Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)

Houston may have capitulated after taking a 2-0 lead against Toronto to eventually fall 4-2, but Davis himself was clinical on the night, bagging both goals in the first 30 minutes to prove his status as the side’s undisputed talisman.

ST – Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)

Henry has thrived for in a more creative role this year and was on fire against the Columbus Crew on Saturday, with a goal and three assists leading the Red Bulls to 4-1 win.

ST – Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC)

A brace from Defoe proved crucial in Toronto’s comeback from two goals down to claim a decisive 4-2 win over Houston, with the former Tottenham striker now boasting record of 10 goals in 12 games in his first MLS season.

ST – Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City)

Both of Dwyer’s goals in the 2-1 win over Montreal came at opposite ends of the match, in the fourth and 89th minute, but he also proved immensely difficult to contain for the opposition defence in the meantime.

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