MLS team of the week: Mike Grella and Cyle Larin shine in wins

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The former Leeds United forward and Canadian rookie both make our Week 33 line-up thanks to their two-goal performances.

GK – Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas)

The 20-year-old followed up a composed display in Wednesday night’s 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps with a five-save performance to earn another shutout in the weekend’s 1-0 win at Real Salt Lake.

RB – Corey Ashe (Orlando City SC)

Starting at right-back in Friday night’s clash with New York City FC, the left-sided wide man produced six crosses and came up with an assist to help Orlando earn a 2-1 comeback win over their expansion rivals.

CB – Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders)

The Sounders heavily relied on their skipper in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo, as he recorded three tackles, five interceptions, two clearances and blocked a shot.

CB- Gaston Sauro (Columbus Crew)

The Crew secured their play-off spot on Saturday with a 2-0 victory at Toronto FC, in which the Argentine summer signing racked up two tackles and seven interceptions while misplacing just one of his 40 passes.

LB – Jorge Villafana (Portland Timbers)

The LA Galaxy were shocked by the visiting Timbers on Sunday, as Villafana produced two assists to secure Caleb Porter’s men a 5-2 win and put them on course for the post-season.

DM – Diego Chara (Portland Timbers)

Portland’s Colombian midfielder dominated LA at the StubHub Center, recording six tackles and three interceptions along with his second-half strike, as well completing 94 per cent of his 48 passes.

RM – Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew)

The American wide man bagged his 10th goal of the season at Toronto to send a message to Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of next month’s first two World Cup qualifiers.

AM – Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas)

The Argentine playmaker was the key figure behind Dallas’ back-to-back victories, as he recorded two assists and a goal while pulling the strings from the No. 10 spot.

LM – Mike Grella (New York Red Bulls)

The former Leeds United youngster scored the fastest goal in MLS history when the opened the scoring just seven seconds into his side’s clash with the Philadelphia Union, before adding another goal 17 minutes later to help the hosts secure a 4-1 win.

ST – Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC)

The 20-year-old Canadian continued his stellar rookie season in the home victory over NYCFC, bagging both of Orlando’s strikes to make it 17 goals on the campaign.

ST – Fandendo Adi (Portland Timbers)

Four days after netting a game-winning penalty in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory at Real Salt Lake, the Nigerian front man was at it again with another two goals in Portland’s thumping of LA.

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