MLS team of the week: Featuring Robbie Rogers and Obafemi Martins

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The former Leeds United man and ex-Newcastle striker both helped earn their sides wins in week seven of MLS action.

GK – Josh Saunders (New York City FC)

Saunders put in an impressive performance in mid-week to help NYCFC earn a 1-1 draw with Philadelphia and, while he couldn’t prevent them from falling to a 1-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers at the weekend, he still stood out as an obvious bright spot with six saves.

RB – London Woodberry (New England Revolution)

In his first MLS start since 2013, the former FC Dallas defender proved more than a match for Philadelphia’s C.J. Sapong, recording four tackles and eight clearances in a 2-1 comeback win.

CB – Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union)

The Union didn’t have much luck during week seven of MLS action, earning just one point from their two fixtures, but Edu still proved his worth with a couple of stellar defensive showings. Centre-back now looks like it could be the former Stoke midfielder’s long-term position.

CB – Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls)

Aged just 19, Miazga remains a raw defender but he showcased his undoubted promise in the 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, recording four tackles, seven interceptions, eight clearances and eight won aerial duels.

LB – Robbie Rogers (LA Galaxy)

After last season’s position switch-inspired revival, Rogers has endured a somewhat up and down start to the 2015 campaign but the 2-1 win over Sporting KC was him back to his best.

Managing to suppress Graham Zusi’s influence throughout the 90 minutes, the performance was further proof of his US national team credentials.

CM – Juninho (LA Galaxy)

Like teammate Rogers, Juninho also shone at the StubHub Center, setting up Omar Gonzalez’s late winner from a corner and making a match-leading four tackles.

CM – Felipe Martins (New York Red Bulls)

The Brazilian has been a huge part of New York’s successful start to the season and was outstanding in the win over San Jose, recording 10 key passes, five interceptions and 99 touches of the football.

RW – Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas)

The Colombian winger opened the scoring just 29 seconds into the 3-2 win over Toronto FC, before adding a second nine minutes later to put Dallas back on track following consecutive defeats.

AM – Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)

Givovinco’s brilliance almost saw Castillo’s side blow their lead, however, as the ex-Juventus ace scored twice in the closing 10 minutes – the second a dazzling free-kick – to set up a tense finish at Toyota Stadium.

LW – Lamar Neagle (Seattle Sounders)

Neagle was another attacker to bag a brace in week seven, opening the scoring in the 5th-minute of the 3-1 win at the Colorado Rapids, before restoring his side’s lead 20 minutes later after Gabriel Torres pulled one back.

ST – Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)

Martins, meanwhile, iced the result for Seattle 17 minutes from the end with a prime Goal of the Week contender, splitting the Rapids’ defence with an amazing spin move before firing into the back of the net.

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