MLS team of the week: Ex-Celtic and Newcastle stars stand out

Chicago Fire midfielder Shaun Maloney and Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins both put in goalscoring displays to help their sides to wins.

GK – Bill Hamid (D.C. United)

D.C were outplayed for most of Friday night’s match at a Kaka-inspired Orlando City SC but managed to go on to claim a last-gasp 1-0 win thanks to some superb goalkeeping from Hamid.

RB – Tyrone Mears (Seattle Sounders)

Facing his former boss Owen Coyle’s Houston Dynamo side at CenturyLink Field, the former Burnley and Bolton Wanderers full-back put in another strong showing both in attack and defence to help the Sounders to a narrow 1-0 win.

CB – Nat Borchers (Portland Timbers)

Traded from Real Salt Lake in December, Borchers has looked a real bargain in Portland thus far and picked up his first goal of the season in the weekend’s 3-1 home win over FC Dallas.

CB – Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Silencing LA Galaxy forward duo Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes is no simple task but the towering Waston managed to shut both down at BC Place as the Whitecaps claimed a 2-0 win.

LB – Joevin Jones (Chicago Fire)

The Trinidad & Tobago international opened the scoring in his side’s 3-2 win over Toronto FC with his first MLS goal, while also making five tackles and three interceptions.

CM – Diego Chara (Portland Timbers)

Chara was another Timbers goalscorer against Dallas, sealing the win in the 87th-minute with a powerful strike, as well as making five tackles and two clearances over the course of the match.

CM – Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders)

Making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a groin strain, Alonso’s strong midfield performance was another reason the Sounders were able to send Houston home with nothing to show from their trip.

RM – Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire)

Shipp’s fantastic start to the 2015 season continued in week five, as the Illinois-native grabbed two assists in the win over Philadelphia to further underline his US national team credentials. At this rate, Jurgen Klinsmann won’t be able to ignore him for much longer.

AM – Shaun Maloney (Chicago Fire)

The Scot was enduring a slow start to his MLS career until the visit of Toronto FC, when he a goal and assist gave fans a hopeful glimpse of things to come.

LM – Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps)

After a testing 2014, Manneh is back showing his huge potential this term, bagging the opener goal against MLS Cup holders LA to put his side on course for all three points.

ST – Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)

The former Newcastle United front man’s fantastic first-half strike against Houston was enough to earn his team their second win of the season, despite Gonzalo Pineda’s 56th-minute red card.

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