MLS team of the week: Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins produce the goods

Clint Dempsey

The former Tottenham Hotspur forward and ex-Newcastle United striker were two of the stars of week nine after helping the Seattle Sounders earn their third straight win.

GK – Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City)

Handed the start after Luis Marin gave up four goals the previous week, Melia made three saves and kept a clean sheet as Sporting KC notched a narrow 1-0 home win over the Chicago Fire.

RB – Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers)

While best known for his attacking qualities, Powell put in a huge defensive shift in Portland’s 0-0 stalemate with the Vancouver Whitecaps, recording nine tackles, five interceptions and four clearances.

CB – Damien Perquis (Toronto FC)

The French-born Poland international is back fit and showing his worth, making five interceptions and 11 clearances to help TFC beat the Philadelphia Union 1-0 at PPL Park.

CB – Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)

Like Melia, Besler was also a crucial part of SKC’s win, making five interceptions and a humongous 13 clearances, as well as winning a match-leading six aerial duels.

LB – Robbie Rogers (LA Galaxy)

Rogers impressed both going forward and in defence in LA’s 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids, recording 67 passes and six crosses over the 90 minutes, while also making six interceptions and two clearances.

CM – Scott Caldwell (New England Revolution)

After grabbing his first MLS goal last weekend, Caldwell put in another impressive performance in the Revolution’s 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls, with his five tackles, five interceptions and two clearances helping limit the visitors to the one goal.

CM – Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City)

Performances like the one against Chicago are what helped Feilhaber earn April’s MLS Player of the Month award, as the former Derby County midfielder made five tackles, three key passes and completed 91.5 per cent of his 47 passes.

AM – Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas)

Now back in the Dallas line-up, the Argentine is starting hit top form again, bagging a goal and two assists as Oscar Pareja’s side thrashed Texas rivals Houston 4-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

FW – Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas)

Just like his fellow attacker, Castillo also scored and added two assists in the win at Houston to help push his side to the top of the Western Conference.

FW – Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders)

New York City FC had no answer for Seattle’s potent strike-pairing at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night, as Dempsey scored and set up an Obafemi Martins goal en route to a comfortable 3-1 win.

FW – Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)

The Nigerian front man’s speed dismantled the NYCFC defence, as he netted either side of half-time to take sole lead of the league’s scoring charts with six goals in seven appearances.

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