MLS team of the week: Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco steals the show

The Italian forward was the star performer of week 13, as the likes of former Aston Villa defender Liam Ridgewell and ex-Liverpool striker Krisztian Nemeth also impressed.

GK – Bill Hamid (D.C. United)

The reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year recorded eight saves in the 1-0 defeat at the Portland Timbers, before making a further four on the weekend as D.C. bounced back with a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union.

RB – Tyrone Mears (Seattle Sounders)

After a solid showing in the midweek win over the Colorado Rapids, the former Bolton man helped Seattle record another three points against the New York Red Bulls with a swinging cross to set up Chad Barrett’s stoppage-time clincher.

CB – Kevin Ellis (Sporting Kansas City)

The homegrown defender scored his first MLS goal and provided an assist as Peter Vermes’ side thumped FC Dallas 4-0 at Sporting Park.

CB – Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers)

The ex-Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion centre-back helped anchor a backline which proved crucial to back-to-back week 13 victories over D.C. and Colorado.

LB – Fabinho (Philadelphia Union)

The Union might have fallen to rivals D.C. but Fabinho impressed for a second straight week, recording four tackles, six interceptions and three clearances – one of them off the goal-line.

CM – Jack Jewsbury (Portland Timbers)

Brought into the line-up for the weekend’s trip to Colorado, Captain Jack’s last-gasp goal saw the Timbers leave Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with a narrow 2-1 win.

CM – Gershon Koffie (Vancouver Whitecaps)

The Ghanaian marked his 100th Whitecaps start in style, smashing in a specular long-range strike to open the scoring in a 2-1 home win over Real Salt Lake.

RW – Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Having struggled with injuries of late, the US international returned to form in impressive fashion against Dallas, scoring his first goal of the season and grabbing two assists.

AM – Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)

The diminutive Italian did not manage to get on the scoresheet in the 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes but he was still week 13’s star man, recording two assists, seven shots, four key passes and hitting the bar once to prove why he is the early MVP front-runner.

LW – Marco Pappa (Seattle Sounders)

A goal in each of Seattle’s victories – both of them thunderbolts – showed what the Guatemala international can do when on form.

ST – Krisztian Nemeth (Sporting Kansas City)

The former Liverpool trainee set up one goal and scored another in the win over Dallas to make it six strikes in his first 11 MLS appearances.

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