MLS team of the week: Keane, Lletget and LA Galaxy teammates dominate

Robbie Keane

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker and ex-West Ham United midfielder both made our line-up for Week 25 after helping the MLS Cup holders record another resounding home win.

GK – David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes)

San Jose enjoyed an outstanding Week 25 on the road, thrashing Sporting Kansas City 5-0 before securing another shock 2-0 win at Supporters Shield leaders D.C. United thanks to the shot-stopping prowess of their No. 1 goalkeeper.

RB – A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy)

The Galaxy quite simply embarrassed New York City FC in Sunday’s meeting at the StubHub Center, as the likes of DeLaGarza shone on both sides of the ball to help the hosts hand out a 5-1 beat down.

With NYCFC’s patchwork defence leaking goals all over the place throughout their inaugural campaign, head coach Jason Kreis must be wishing he had a few similar options at his disposal.

CB – Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps)

A certified Defender of the Year candidate, the towering Costa Rican won a league-leading eight aerial duels in Vancouver’s 1-0 home win over FC Dallas, while also recording four interceptions and nine clearances.

CB – Leonardo (LA Galaxy)

The 27-year-old Brazilian is widely regarded as the weakest link in the Galaxy line-up but he was faultless on the weekend, picking up the club’s man of the match award after managing to keep the likes of Villa and Kwadwo Poku quiet for 90 minutes.

LB – Maynor Figueroa (Colorado Rapids)

The former Wigan and Hull and defender showcased his Premier League pedigree in his second MLS appearance, racking up eight tackles, six interceptions and six clearances as the Rapids earned a hard-fought 1-0 win at the Chicago Fire.

RW – Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes)

The Trinidadian wide man bagged a brace and earned a spot-kick in San Jose’s win at Sporting KC, before pulling D.C. United’s defence all over the place in the following match to help create the space for both Chris Wondolowski and Shea Salinas get on the scoresheet.

CM – Kwadwo Poku (New York City FC)

We’ll ignore the thrashing in LA for a second and remember back to the mid-week game at Columbus Crew SC, when the fan favourite bagged both of his side’s goals to help them secure a 2-2 draw. At the moment, he’s about all NYCFC supporters have to shout about.

CM – Michael Bradley (Toronto FC)

TFC thumped Orlando City SC 5-0 at BMO Field on Saturday night, as their star skipper created three of his side’s goals to outshine the likes of in-form teammate Sebastian Giovinco and opposition counterpart Kaka.

LW – Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy)

Giovinco aside, the former West Ham United midfielder might just be the signing of the season, as he capped off another outstanding performance against NYCFC with his seventh goal in 13 MLS games.

ST – Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

The 33-year-old US international become the first player in MLS history to reach double-digit goals for a sixth straight regular-season with his three strikes this week, while also reaching 101 career goals for the Earthquakes in the process.

Not bad for someone who'd scored just seven times in his first five professional seasons.

ST – Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)

Another game, another masterclass from the former Tottenham Hotspur striker. As well as recording two assists against NYCFC, Keane’s brace made it 13 goals from the past nine matches and, after featuring in just five of LA’s first 17 fixtures due to a nagging groin problem, there’s even talk now that he could be in the discussion for a second straight MVP award.

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