MLS team of the week: Shaun Wright-Phillips shines with game-changing debut

Shaun Wright Phillips

The former Queens Park Rangers winger saw less than 30 minutes of action on his New York Red Bulls bow but his impact was enough to earn him a spot in our line-up for Week 22.

GK – David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes)

The Earthquakes keeper racked up and five saves and a clean sheet to help his misfiring side earn a 0-0 home draw with the Portland Timbers.

RB – Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls)

The homegrown defender continues to impress in relief of the injured Chris Duvall, recording three tackles and four interceptions in the weekend’s 3-1 win at the Philadelphia Union, while ensuring debutant Tranquillo Barnetta provided no late impact off the bench.

CB – Pa Modou Kah (Vancouver Whitecaps)

The Gambian bagged his first two goals of the season to help Vancouver secure a 3-0 win at Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders.

CB – Jeff Larentowicz (Chicago Fire)

Making his first appearance since 24 June, Chicago’s fit-again skipper helped lead his side to a surprise 2-0 home win over in-form FC Dallas with four tackles, four interceptions, nine clearances and three blocked shots.

LB – Corey Ashe (Orlando City SC)

The former All-Star has had few problems settling into Adrian Heath’s side since arriving from the Houston Dynamo last month, recording two assists in Saturday’s 5-2 victory over Columbus Crew SC at the Citrus Bowl.

DM – Matt Polster (Chicago Fire)

Up against an imposing Dallas attack, the rookie midfielder once again did his job like a veteran, keeping Mauro Diaz quiet for the entire night, as well as completing 85.3 per cent of his 34 passes.

RM – Shaun Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)

The former Queens Park Rangers winger changed the game for the Red Bulls on his MLS debut against the Union, coming on in the 61st-minute to win a spot-kick and set up brother Bradley’s ninth goal of the season.

LM – Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy)

With the Galaxy 1-0 down at the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, the 22-year-old midfielder’s 56th-minute equaliser provided the impetus for his side to go on to claim a 3-1 win – their first on the road in almost 12 months.

It was also the former West Ham United’s sixth MLS strike in 10 games since his mid-season switch from Upton Park, giving him the league-lead in goals per 90 minutes [.84].

AM – Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact)

The Argentine playmaker helped Montreal down Eastern Conference rivals New York City FC 3-2 at Yankee Stadium with goals either side of half-time, propelling them into the play-off places in the process.

ST – Charlie Davies (New England Revolution)

The Revs managed a 3-1 home win over 10-man Toronto thanks to Davies, who bagged a brace on the night to make it nine goals on the season.

ST – Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC)

Less than a week after netting a hat-trick against NYCFC, the Canadian striker grabbed another two goals in the win over Columbus to take his season record to 11 strikes in 16 games – equalling Damani Ralph’s all-time rookie record with three months left of the campaign.

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