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MLS team of the week: Arsenal legend stars with game-winning performance

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Thierry Henry lead a host of ex-Premier League stars to light up MLS over the past week, with Robbie Keane, Obafemi Martins and Landon Donovan also helping their sides to crucial wins.

GK – Bobby Shuttleworth (New England)

The Revs keeper made two big saves on the weekend to keep a clean sheet and earn his side a crucial 1-0 home win over Chivas USA.

CB – Zach Loyd (FC Dallas)

Playing at centre-back, the versatile Loyd marshalled the Dallas back-line after a first-half red card to Blas Perez to help post a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake.

CB – Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)

After scoring in Wednesday’s 3-4 win over Colorado, the Galaxy centre-back put in a dominant defensive performance to help shutout the Vancouver Whitecaps for a 2-0 home win.

CB – Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders)

Marshall has been a rock at the back for Seattle all season, with another fine performance against the Portland Timbers on the weekend helping his side to a 4-2 road win over their Pacific Northwest rivals.

RM – Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)

The Frenchman has been a central figure in the Union’s recent resurgence under interim head coach Jim Curtin, with a goal and three assists in the 4-2 win over San Jose highlighting his importance to the lineup.

CM – Perry Kitchen (D.C. United)

Kitchen has quietly been one of the top players in MLS so far this season, proving why he’s been tipped for a US national team call-up in the 3-0 upset win over reigning MLS Cup champions Sporting KC.

CM – Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls)

McCarty doesn’t receive many plaudits while playing on the same team as Thierry Henry and free-scoring Bradley Wright-Phillips, but his two-way performance in the 4-2 win over Montreal was just as influential.

LM – Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)

As his farewell tour continues, Donovan continues to step up his game, netting a goal in each of LA’s games this past week to help Bruce Arena’s outfit to maximum points.

FW – Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)

The former Newcastle striker was too much to handle for the Portland defence in their Cascadia Cup matchup, as he helped himself to a well-earned brace and assist.

FW – Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)

Most would consider Keane the MVP front-runner at this stage, with a goal and three assists on the week further emphasising his case.

FW – Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)

Henry continues to show why so many are urging him not to retire at the end of the year, as a brace and assist helped down Montreal and push the Red Bulls closer towards the post-season.

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