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

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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