MLS team of the week: Dempsey and Drogba shine on Decision Day

Clint Dempsey

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea forwards were among the star performers from the final set of regular season games.

GK – Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)

The Jamaica international recorded five saves and a shutout as the Union ended their season with a 1-0 victory over Kaka-led Orlando City SC at PPL Park.

RB – Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew)

A 5-0 victory over D.C. United bagged the Crew the Eastern Conference’s second playoff seed, as Afful gave the visitors’ defence all kinds of problems with his marauding runs and crossing.

CB – Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps)

The Whitecaps, meanwhile, secured the West’s No. 2 seed thanks in part to Waston, who headed in his side’s second goal in a 3-0 home win over Houston, while recording four interceptions, six clearances and three blocked shots, as well as winning a match-leading seven headers.

CB – Damien Perrinelle (New York Red Bulls)

The Frenchman put in a strong defensive showing to help the Red Bulls secure their second Supporters’ Shield title in three seasons with a 2-1 win at the Chicago Fire, producing eight clearances, three tackles and two interceptions.

LB – Chris Tierney (New England Revolution)

The 29-year-old set up Kelyn Rowe’s strike in the Revs’ 3-1 win over New York City FC with a pinpoint corner, while putting in a solid shift on both sides of the ball throughout the 90 minutes to help ease his side into the post-season with a fifth place finish in the East.

DM – Victor Ulloa (FC Dallas)

Ulloa showed why he’s been the unsung hero for the West’s top team this term in Sunday’s 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, adding four tackles and six clearances to the deciding goal, while also creating four chances.

RM – Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew)

The Crew winger scored twice inside a minute in the thrashing of D.C. to send Jurgen Klinsmann a reminder of his US national team credentials ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

LM – Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Vancouver’s 20-year-old winger opened the scoring in the second half against the Dynamo with a long-range blast to give him a career-high seven goals on the season.

AM – Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers)

The newly-naturalised US citizen looks back to his best heading into the playoffs, as he bagged his first brace since 2012 to help Portland thump the Colorado Rapids 4-1 at a rain-soaked Providence Park and seal the West’s third seed in the process.

ST – Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders)

The former Tottenham Hotspur forward made sure there was no chance of an upset in his side’s meeting with Real Salt Lake, scoring twice and setting up another in a 3-1 win that saw Sigi Schmid’s men finish fourth in the West.

ST – Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact)

The playoff-bound Impact were 1-0 down to Toronto FC until their star Designated Player took control of the match in the 54th-minute, bagging a backheel brace inside a minute to finish the regular-season with 11 goals in just 11 games. Perhaps he left Chelsea too soon?

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