MLS team of the week: Sebastian Giovinco and David Villa show their class

Sebastian Giovinco

The Toronto FC playmaker and New York City FC striker both feature in our week 19 line-up after trading blows in Sunday's 4-4 draw at Yankee Stadium.

GK – Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City)

Sporting KC’s 1-0 win at the Vancouver Whitecaps saw the well-travelled goalkeeper record six saves to preserve the clean sheet and earn his side three crucial points on the road.

RB – Tyrone Mears (Seattle Sounders)

The former Burnley and Bolton Wanderers full-back put in another impressive showing in Saturday night’s 1-0 defeat at the Chicago Fire, looking like Seattle’s only real offensive threat throughout the match.

CB – Kevin Ellis (Sporting Kansas City)

The homegrown defender has proved a solid replacement for the injured Ike Opara so far, as he bagged his second career goal in heading home the 52nd-minute winner against Vancouver.

CB – Matt Hedges (FC Dallas)

Attacking duo Fabian Castillo and Mauro Diaz might have stolen the headlines following Saturday night’s 2-0 victory at Orlando City SC but Hedges was equally impressive in defence, recording four tackles, 11 interceptions and two clearances.

LB – Anthony Wallace (New York Red Bulls)

Wallace netted his first MLS goal since entering the league in 2007, completing the scoring as his side thrashed the New England Revolution 4-1 at Red Bull Arena.

RM – Dominic Oduro (Montreal Impact)

Montreal managed to upset the visiting Columbus Crew 3-0 thanks to Oduro, as the Ghanaian speedster netted a fifth-minute opener and 10 minutes before the end against his former club.

CM – Vincent Nogueira (Philadelphia Union)

The Frenchman made it five goals in 16 games this season with a second-half brace to help his side beat the Portland Timbers 3-0 at PPL Park.

LM – Cristian Maidana (Philadelphia Union)

Noguiera’s Colombian teammate also took centre stage in the win over the Timbers, setting up all three goals and creating a number of other scoring chances for his teammates.

AM – Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)

The Italian playmaker was simply phenomenal in Sunday’s 4-4 draw at New York City FC, scoring a hat-trick in a nine-minute spell during the first-half, hitting the post twice – once from the spot – and coming up with an outstanding assist for Marco Delgado’s late strike.

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

The former Southampton and Charlton Athletic striker scored twice within the first 12 minutes of the win over New England to take his goals total for the season to eight.

ST – David Villa (New York City FC)

The Barcelona legend was the other star of the match at Yankee Stadium despite missing a penalty, notching two goals, eight shots and one key pass over the course of the eventful 90 minutes.

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