The former Tottenham Hotspur striker and ex-Newcastle United man both made our line-up for Week 24 after bagging braces for their sides.
GK – Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
Sunday night’s 3-3 draw at the Philadelphia Union would have almost certainly been another defeat for the Fire were it for Johnson’s heroics, as the US international bailed out his defence with eight crucial saves – several of them coming in the final five minutes.
RB – Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls)
The homegrown defender continues to impress in relief of the injured Chris Duvall, recording two key passes, five crosses, three tackles, eight interceptions and three clearances in Saturday’s 3-0 home win over Eastern Conference rivals Toronto FC.
CB – Nat Borchers (Portland Timbers)
The ex-Real Salt Lake defender marked his return to Rio Tinto Stadium with a last-gasp header to hand the Timbers a 1-0 win – a result he refused to celebrate out of respect for his former club.
CB – Jose Goncalves (New England Revolution)
New England’s star centre-back netted his first goal of the season in the 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium, while also winning six aerial duels and making six clearances to help preserve the clean sheet.
LB – Oniel Fisher (Seattle Sounders)
Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing of Orlando City SC at CenturyLink Field saw the rookie defender’s two-way display earn rave reviews from Seattle fans, as he racked up one key pass, three interceptions, two blocked shots, two crosses and completed 83.3 per cent of his 54 passes. Not bad for just his third MLS start.
CM – Paulo Nagamura (Sporting Kansas City)
The veteran midfielder isn’t known for his goalscoring expertise but he came up big on Saturday night, netting an 87th-minute equaliser and the stoppage-time winner in his side’s 4-3 home victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
CM – Kwadwo Poku (New York City FC)
With Frank Lampard again out injured, the Ghanaian further proved his starting credentials, grabbing a goal and assist to help NYCFC beat Supporters’ Shield leaders D.C. United 3-1 at Yankee Stadium.
AM – Cristian Maidana (Philadelphia Union)
The Colombian No. 10 set up all three of his side’s goals in the dramatic draw with Chicago to make it 14 assists on the season so far.
The MLS Cup holders managed to grab a 2-1 win at FC Dallas thanks to their talismanic skipper, who bagged a brace during a five-minute stretch in the second-half.
FW – Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)
The fit-again striker marked his return to the Sounders line-up with a brace in a 66-minute run-out, helping end a five-match losing streak in the process.
FW – Kennedy Igboananike (Chicago Fire)
The second Nigerian forward in the our line-up, Igboananike has been through a fair few struggles during his first season in MLS but he showed fans just what he is capable of during the trip to Philadelphia, opening the scoring, recording an assist and netting the last-minute equaliser.