MLS team of the week: Drogba signals his arrival, Dempsey inspires Sounders

Didier Drogba

The Chelsea legend partners the former Tottenham Hotspur forward up front in our Week 27 line-up after bagging a hat-trick on his first start for the Montreal Impact.

GK – Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas)

The 20-year-old keeper produced another confident display in Sunday night’s 3-0 victory at Columbus Crew SC, making three big stops to help record a second straight clean sheet.

RB – Atiba Harris (FC Dallas)

The St. Kitts & Nevis international headed home the 27th-minute opener against Columbus, before later setting up Michael Barrios’ second-half strike with a thumping long ball.

CB – Zach Loyd (FC Dallas)

Harris’ teammate, meanwhile, put in an impressive defensive performance on the night, recording three tackles, eight interceptions and 10 clearances as Oscar Pareja’s men made it back-to-back wins.

CB – Eriq Zavaleta (Toronto FC)

Toronto couldn’t avoid falling 2-1 at the Seattle Sounders but the converted striker still had a landmark game, as he marked his return to his former club with his first MLS goal.

LB – Chris Tierney (New England Revolution)

Saturday’s 3-0 home victory over Orlando City SC saw Tierney record three key passes and a stoppage-time goal as the Revs made it three straight shutout wins and six games unbeaten.

RM – Justin Mapp (Montreal Impact)

Drogba may have stolen the show for Montreal in Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Chicago Fire but Mapp had himself quite a game too, creating a match-leading five chances and completing 94 per cent of his 31 passes.

CM – Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

The Revs maestro showcased the form that helped make him an MVP finalist last season against a Kaka-less Orlando, setting up all three of his side’s goals on the night.

LM – Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution)

One of Nguyen’s assists was for his 20-year-old teammate, who also completed an outstanding 98 per cent of his 59 passes to go along with his 42nd-minute opener.

ST – Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders)

Reunited with Obafemi Martins up top for Toronto’s visit, the former Tottenham Hotspur striker took just six minutes to set up his strike-partner for the opener, before going on to bag the winner himself 13 minutes from the end.

ST – Conor Casey (Philadelphia Union)

The burly striker had only eight touches of the football in Saturday’s 20-minute substitute appearance against the San Jose Earthquakes but he made the most of them, heading home two goals to earn the Union a 2-1 comeback win on the road.

ST – Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact)

The Chelsea legend announced himself on the MLS stage in his first start for Montreal, scoring a perfect hat-trick – left foot, right foot and header – to fire his side to a vital win over Eastern Conference rivals Chicago.

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