The former Leeds United winger and ex-Middlesbrough striker both helped earn their respective sides draws in week six with crucial goals.
GK – Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy)
The Panamanian shot-stopper put in a huge performance for the visit of Supporters’ Shield holders Seattle Sounders, making 10 saves to help his side earn a hard-fought 1-0 win.
RB – Hernan Grana (Columbus Crew)
After missing the 2-2 draw at Vancouver, Grana returned to the line-up for the Crew’s second road trip of the week to New England, where he impressed both in attack and defence in a 0-0 stalemate and earned the club’s man of the match award.
CB – Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
Like Penedo, Gonzalez’s defensive performance was central LA’s win over their Western Conference rivals, as the US international won five aerial duels and made 11 clearances over the course match. He even set up Gordon’s lone goal too with a headed flick-on from Juninho’s free-kick.
CB – Damien Perrinelle (New York Red Bulls)
Perrinelle’s winter acquisition received little fanfare in New York but the Frenchman is so far proving a valuable addition to the Red Bulls backline. The weekend’s 2-2 draw with D.C. United saw opposition forwards Jairo Arrieta and Chris Pontius limited to zero shots on target, while he also showcased his aerial prowess after nodding in Felipe’s corner for his side’s first goal.
LB – Brek Shea (Orlando City)
Shea’s move to full-back is so far proving a raving success, as the former Stoke man put in another excellent showing down the left flank in Orlando’s impressive 2-0 win at the Portland Timbers.
CM – Perry Kitchen (D.C. United)
Kitchen is more known for his solid defensive work than his goalscoring but a brace against the Red Bulls shows that he has a lot more in his locker to offer.
CM – Marcelo Sarvas (Colorado Rapids)
The Rapids ended their 18-game winless streak with a shock 4-0 road win at FC Dallas, with Sarvas proving a much-needed rock in the centre of the pitch. The Brazilian kept things ticking over with his passing and positioning and also picked up an assist.
RW – Lloyd Sam (New York Red Bulls)
Sam has started the 2015 season off in MVP-calibre form and showed no signs of slowing against D.C., smashing home his side’s last-gasp equaliser at RFK Stadium after goalkeeper Bill Hamid’s fumble.
AM – Dillon Powers (Colorado Rapids)
Powers failed to earn a call-up for the US national team’s match against Mexico this week but it won’t be long before he breaks into Jurgen Klinsmann’s plans if he keeps up his current form.
Colorado’s star midfielder picked up a goal and assist in their win at Dallas, setting up Dominique Badji’s second-minute opener before slotting in the second himself just before the break.
LW – Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Mattocks was given a chance to impress over Kekuta Manneh for the mid-week visit of the Crew and he didn’t disappoint, assisting Octavio Rivero’s first-half equaliser before netting his first goal of the season in the 64th-minute to peg Columbus back for a second time.
ST – Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew)
Kamara has taken little time to settle back into MLS life, scoring both of his side’s goals in the draw with Vancouver to make it three goals in four appearances since his return from Middlesbrough. He couldn’t manage to add to that total in the subsequent match at New England but it’s clear he’s going to be crucial to the Crew’s 2015 MLS Cup hopes.