MLS team of the week: ex-Aston Villa and West Brom striker shines in Defoe's absence

With Jermain Defoe out injured, former Aston Villa and West Brom striker Luke Moore stepped up for Toronto FC in week 22 to notch a goal and two assists in his side's 3-2 win over Columbus.

GK – Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders)

A 2-0 win over Houston on the weekend halted Seattle’s recent skid, but the game could have gone an entirely differently were it not for Frei’s 26th minute penalty save with the game still goalless.

RB – Lovel Palmer (Chicago Fire)

Palmer was solid both going forward and in defence against a high-powered Red Bulls attack on Sunday, as Chicago claimed their first win in five games with a 1-0 victory.

CB – Matt Hedges (FC Dallas)

The Dallas captain put away a rebound in the ninth minute from a Michel cross to open the scoring against Colorado, before another typically solid defensive shift helped his side to a 3-1 win.

CB – Chris Schuler (Real Salt Lake)

The entire Salt Lake team should be commended for their 3-0 win over D.C. United, but it was Schuler who stood out in particular, grabbing two goals and never putting a foot wrong in defence.

LB – Zach Loyd (FC Dallas)

The amazingly versatile Loyd was at left-back in Saturday’s clash with Colorado, where he put in the type of performance that will have the club thankful they were able to re-sign him in the offseason.

RM – Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)

The Frenchman bagged a brace in the Union’s 2-1 win over Montreal, with four goals in as many matches spurring on their recent resurgence under interim head coach Jim Curtin.

CM – Matias Laba (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Another flawless performance from the defensive midfielder helped Vancouver claim a crucial 2-0 win over reigning MLS Cup winners Sporting KC, enhancing his reputation as one of the league’s most underrated performers.

CM – Pedro Morales (Vancouver Whitecaps)

While Laba was excellent against KC, it was teammate Morales who was the star performer on the night, pulling the strings in midfield with an amazing assist for his side’s second goal.

LM – Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers)

The Costa Rican international now looks to be fully recovered from last year’s ACL injury, as he netted Portland’s second in their 2-0 win over Chivas USA to prove why he’s been missed over the past few months.

ST – Luke Moore (Toronto FC)

With star man Jermain Defoe out injured, it was Moore who stepped up in a big way against the Columbus Crew, setting up his side’s first two goals before netting a clutch game-winner to seal a 3-2 win for Toronto.

ST – Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

San Jose’s 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy was billed as the start of Landon Donovan’s three-month farewell tour, but it was Wondolowski who stole the show with a goal and assist for the visitors.

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