MLS team of the week: Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins continue to shine

Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins were the two star performers in MLS on the weekend, with both bagging braces to further enhance their MVP credentials.

GK – Steve Clark (Columbus Crew)

Clark produced several impressive stops in the Crew’s 2-0 win over Montreal, including in stoppage time when he saved Marco Di Vaio’s spot-kick to preserve his eighth clean sheet of the season.

RB – Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids)

After delivering seven assists in 2013, it took Klute 22 games to record his first of the 2014 campaign, with his performance in the 1-1 draw with San Jose more like what fans became used to last season.

CB – Nick Hagglund (Toronto FC)

Toronto were 2-0 down to Portland after just 16 minutes, but Hagglund came up big in the second-half to head home his first two MLS goals in a stunning 3-2 comeback win.

CB – Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United)

Another rookie centre-back, Birnbaum was rock solid in United’s home clash against the Philadelphia Union, keeping Conor Casey in check for the full 90 minutes to help earn his side a tight 1-0 victory.

LB – Robbie Rogers (LA Galaxy)

The former winger continues to excel at left-back since being converted to the position earlier in the season, and performances like the one on the weekend should earn him a US national team recall sooner rather than later.

RM – Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo)

A 2-0 home win over Chicago keeps Houston’s post-season hopes alive for another week, with Garcia capping his influential performance with a wonderful second-half strike.

CM – Paulo Nagamura (Sporting Kansas City)

Nagamura orchestrated Sporting KC’s second-half comeback against the New England Revolution with a goal and assist, but his efforts were in vain after an 85th-minute Jermaine Jones strike saw the visitors steal a 3-2 win.

CM – Michael Bradley (Toronto FC)

The US international provided the assist from a free-kick for Hagglund’s 70th-minute equaliser, before bagging the dramatic stoppage-timer winner with another set piece special.

LM – Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)

Three assists in LA’s 4-0 win over the Red Bulls sees the soon-to-retire Donovan tie Steve Ralston’s all-time league record with just four regular-season games left.

ST – Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)

A brace on the weekend means Keane now has 17 goals and 14 assists on the season – sure-fire league MVP numbers.

ST – Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)

Keane faces strong competition from the Pacific Northwest, however, with Martins bagging two goals and an assist in Seattle’s 4-2 home win over Chivas USA to further strengthen his case for the award.

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