MLS team of the week: Clint Dempsey and Bradley Wright-Phillips lead from the front

Clint Dempsey

The former Tottenham Hotspur forward and ex-Southampton striker were among the standout performers in week 10 of MLS action.

GK – Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

The US international furthered underlined why he’s the best keeper MLS has to offer in week 10, stopping an injury-time penalty in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with the LA Galaxy, before making two crucial saves in Saturday’s 2-1 victory at the Chicago Fire for his 100th win with RSL.

RB – Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers)

The Jamaica international put in another outstanding defensive shift in Portland’s 2-1 win at the Montreal Impact, recording nine tackles, eight interceptions and a clearance to help limit the Canadian club to the one goal.

CB – Nat Borchers (Portland Timbers)

Powell’s bearded teammate was also central to the weekend’s win, opening the scoring with a 64th-mintute header, while also making two tackles, three clearances and blocking four shots.

CB – Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes)

San Jose picked up four points in their two week 10 fixtures thanks in no small part to Goodson’s defensive heroics, as the US centre-back proved a rock in both his side’s 1-0 win at the Houston Dynamo and 1-1 draw at the Colorado Rapids to cap a successful road trip.

LB – Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls)

Another Jamaican full-back, Lawrence has proved an inspired signing for the Red Bulls thus far, with six tackles, three interceptions and three clearances helping towards a 2-1 win over New York City FC in the Big Apple’s first-ever MLS derby.

RM – Lloyd Sam (New York Red Bulls)

Sam has been another crucial reason for the Red Bulls’ hot start to the season and he made his impact felt again on the weekend, coming up with the assist for fellow Englishman Bradley Wright-Phillips’ volleyed opener.

CM – Pedro Morales (Vancouver Whitecaps)

A goal and assist from the Chilean ensured that Vancouver had few problems dismantling the Philadelphia Union 3-0 at BC Place to regain top spot in the Western Conference.

LM – Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake)

The US Under-20 international followed up an excellent performance in the draw with the Galaxy with another impressive showing at Chicago, helping set up both goals en route to all three points.

FW – Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew)

Another week, another brace for the ex-Middlesbrough striker, who now sits joint-first in the MLS scoring charts with seven goals from nine games.

FW – Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)

The Red Bulls’ main man stepped up and delivered when rivals NYCFC came to Harrison looking to claim bragging right, scoring either side of half-time and almost grabbing a third to show the new kids on the block who's boss.

FW – Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders)

The Sounders might have left Columbus empty-handed but it wasn't through any lack of effort from Dempsey, who kept his side in the match with a first-half equaliser and 75-minute second to set up a tense finish at MAPFRE Stadium.

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