The former Aston Villa midfielder and ex-Leeds United man were among our picks for the star performers of week 17.
GK – David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps)
The Danish shot-stopper pulled off eight saves to help his side beat the New England Revolution 2-1 at Foxborough.
RB – Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City)
Making his first MLS start in 13 months after recovering from a ruptured Achilles, the full-back marked his return to the line-up with the assist for Krisztian Nemeth’s opener in SKC’s 2-0 home win over the Colorado Rapids.
CB – Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls)
After helping the Red Bulls end their five-match winless streak in mid-week with a narrow 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake, Sunday’s 3-1 defeat of rivals New York City FC saw the US Under-20 defender keep David Villa quiet and score his first MLS goal.
With Swansea City scouts rumoured to have been watching him closely at Yankee Stadium [h/t Wales Online], his performance will have done his chances of landing a future Premier League move no harm whatsoever.
CB – Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes)
Saturday night saw the Earthquakes shock in-form LA Galaxy 3-1 in the California Clasico, as Goodson put his side in front at Stanford Stadium with his first MLS goal since August 2007.
LB – Robbie Rogers (LA Galaxy)
Before Saturday’s defeat at San Jose, Rogers helped the Galaxy trash Portland 5-0 on Wednesday evening with his first goal since coming out as gay in 2013 – all the while Pride Night was being celebrated at the StubHub Center.
RM – Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC)
The Crew’s in-form wide man recorded his league-leading 10th assist of the season in Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over New England, before scoring in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Real Salt Lake.
CM – Juninho (LA Galaxy)
The Brazilian made it three goals in three games after scoring in both of LA’s week 17 matches, cementing his status as one of the league’s most underrated midfielders in the process.
CM – Michael Bradley (Toronto FC)
The former Aston Villa man could not lead TFC past D.C. United in the weekend’s 0-0 draw but was sensational in the preceding 3-1 win against Canadian rivals Montreal Impact, grabbing the opening goal and an assist to help move his side up to third in the Eastern Conference.
LM – Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers)
After the 5-0 defeat in LA, Nagbe helped get Portland back on track on the weekend, recording his first goal since October and an assist as his side beat Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders 4-1 at Providence Park.
ST – Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers)
Nagbe’s assist on the night was for the Nigerian front man, who bagged a brace to make it eight goals in 11 starts and seven substitute appearances so far this season.
ST – Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew SC)
The former Norwich and Middlesbrough striker scored his 11th and 12th strikes of the campaign in mid-week to increase his lead atop the league’s Golden Boot charts to four goals, before turning provider against RSL with the assist for Finlay’s effort.