MLS team of the week: Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins rampant again

Robbie Keane

It was a case of déjà vu in MLS this past weekend, as Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins again scored braces to add to their respective MVP cases.

GK – Bobby Shuttleworth (New England Revolution)

Six decisive saves from the Revs keeper in the 2-1 win over Columbus helped vault his side into second-place in the Eastern Conference with just three regular-season games left.

RB – A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy)

DeLaGarza slid over to right-back this week in the absence of the injured Dan Gargan and didn’t put a foot wrong, setting up Robbie Keane’s second with a perfect cross in a comfortable 3-0 home win over Toronto.

CB – Bobby Burling (Chivas USA)

Perennial bottom-dwellers Chivas USA pulled off a shock 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake on the weekend, with Burling’s performance at the back integral to halting the visitors’ advances.

Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)

Besler’s form has been underwhelming since returning from the World Cup, but the US international looked back to his best in the 0-0 draw with D.C. United, notching up a league-leading eight interceptions and nine clearances on the weekend.

LB – Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders)

The versatile Evans again impressed as a make-shift left-back, making four interceptions over the course of a comprehensive 4-1 win on the road to Colorado.

RM – Mauro Rosales (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Despite teammate Sebastian Fernandez bagging a brace, it was Rosales who was the Whitecaps’ star performer in the 2-0 win over Dallas, setting up both goals to keep the club in the driving seat to claim the final post-season spot in the Western Conference.

CM – Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls)

The U.S. hopeful ran the show again this week for the Red Bulls, in what was a vital 1-0 home win over Houston, his central-midfield partnership with Eric Alexander keeping Tim Cahill on the bench.

CM – Marcelo Sarvas (LA Galaxy)

The Brazilian grabbed his 10th and 11th assists of the season in the win over Toronto, while also completing 70 of his 75 passes.

LM – Marco Pappa (Seattle Sounders)

A wonderful first-half strike capped what was a dominant performance for the Guatemalan international in the win over Colorado.

ST – Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)

Another two goals on the weekend increased Keane’s total on the season to 19, further enhancing his case for the MVP award in the process.

ST – Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)

Keane’s main rival for the league’s top honour was not be outdone, however, as Martins matched the Irishman in grabbing a brace himself against Colorado.

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