The Houston Dynamo skipper's performance in his side's surprise 3-0 win over the Galaxy earned him a place in our line-up for Week 21.
GK – Jeff Attinella (Real Salt Lake)
With Nick Rimando at the Gold Cup, RSL’s backup keeper came up with five crucial saves in Friday night’s 2-1 home victory over Sporting Kansas City.
RB – Chris Korb (D.C. United)
United came back from 2-0 down to beat the Philadelphia Union 3-2 at RFK Stadium thanks to their underrated right-back, who set up his side’s first goal and Fabian Espindola’s 79th-minute winner.
CB – Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps)
The Costa Rica international made up for the disappointment of missing out on the All-Star squad by netting his side’s second goal in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.
CB – Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact)
One of the signings of the season, the Belgian centre-back further proved his worth to Montreal on the weekend when he headed home Marco Donadel’s late free-kick to hand his side a massive win over the Seattle Sounders at Stade Saputo.
LB – Donny Toia (Montreal Impact)
The converted striker also had a big hand in Montreal’s win, producing three tackles, five interceptions and three clearances to help preserve the clean sheet.
RM – Michael Barrios (FC Dallas)
The Colombian winger bagged a first-half brace as Dallas thumped the visiting Portland Timbers 4-1.
CM – Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)
Barrios’ teammate also starred on the weekend, netting his first career goal and completing 85 per cent of his 40 passes to help Dallas record their fifth straight win.
CM – Kwadwo Poku (New York City FC)
With Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo now on board, Poku proved he isn’t going to give up his starting spot without a fight, setting up three goals in just a 23-minute span during Sunday’s dramatic 5-3 win over expansion rivals Orlando City SC at Yankee Stadium.
LM – Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)
Owen Coyle’s Dynamo managed to upset Steven Gerrard’s LA Galaxy 3-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium on the back of a talismanic performance from their skipper, who set up Will Bruin’s ninth-minute opener before scoring himself later in the first-half to send the Liverpool legend and his teammates home pointless.
ST – David Villa (New York City FC)
After a slow start to life in MLS, the Barcelona and Spain legend has been on fire in recent weeks, netting a brace in the win over Orlando to take his current scoring run to 10 goals in just nine games.
ST – Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC)
The rookie striker was somehow on the losing side at Yankee Stadium, despite scoring his first MLS hat-trick to make it nine goals on the season so far.