MLS team of the week: Debut delight for Giovani dos Santos

The former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker made our line-up for Week 23 after celebrating his first MLS appearance for the LA Galaxy with a goal and assist.

GK – Bill Hamid (D.C. United)

Eight saves and a clean sheet helped the Supporters’ Shield front-runners beat the Montreal Impact 1-0 at Stade Saputo.

RB – Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers)

The Jamaica international recorded six tackles, four interceptions, six clearances and a team-leading 67 touches of the football as the Timbers earned a narrow 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire.

CB – Kevin Ellis (Sporting Kansas City)

Sporting KC managed to hold Toronto’s high-powered attack to one goal thanks to Ellis, who racked up six tackles, seven interceptions, three clearances and a blocked short in a 3-1 road win.

CB – Pa Modou Kah (Vancouver Whitecaps)

The Gambian centre-back bagged his third goal in two games as the Whitecaps thumped Real Salt Lake 4-0 at BC Place.

LB – DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo)

The former Rangers star opened the scoring in his side’s 2-1 home win over the San Jose Earthquakes, while also recording three dribbles, two tackles and six interceptions over the course of the match.

CM – Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls)

As well as completing 83.3 per cent of his 67 passes, the Red Bulls skipper also produced four tackles and eight interceptions to help his side record their third straight win over crosstown rivals New York City FC.

CM – Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City)

The ex-Derby County midfielder further strengthened his MVP candidacy in the win over Toronto, collecting his eighth goal and 12th assist of the season.

RW – Cristian Techera (Vancouver Whitecaps)

The Uruguayan winger may only be 5ft 2in but he stood fall in the victory over RSL, bagging a second-half brace to keep Vancouver two points clear at the top of the Western Conference.

AM – Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy)

It was an MLS debut to remember for the Mexico international, who set up former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Robbie Keane before scoring himself in a 3-1 win over the visiting Seattle Sounders.

LW – Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)

The ex-Juventus playmaker bagged a hat-trick in Wednesday night’s 4-1 home win over Orlando City SC to make it 16 goals on the season, before recording his 11th assist of the campaign in the defeat to Sporting KC.

ST – Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew SC)

Giovinco did not have the lead in the Golden Boot race for long, though, as Kamara netted a brace in the Crew’s 2-1 win at the Colorado Rapids to retake top spot with 17 goals from 24 games. If he can keep up his current form then it's going to be hard to ignore the former Norwich and Middlesbrough man when the time comes to decide the league's MVP. 

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