GK – Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
The Union came away from Saturday’s trip to Columbus Crew SC with a 2-1 victory thanks in no small part to Blake, as the Jamaica international produced a stellar six-save showing to limit last season’s MLS Cup runners-up to one goal.
RB – Mekeil Williams (Colorado Rapids)
Keeping the LA Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes quiet is certainly no easy task, but Williams managed it on the weekend while recording five interceptions and three tackles to help the Rapids record a shock 1-0 home win over Bruce Arena’s star-studded side.
CB – David Horst (Houston Dynamo)
The Dynamo also grabbed a shock victory on Saturday, thrashing Texas rivals FC Dallas 5-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium following Horst’s sixth-minute opener.
CB – Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact)
The reigning MLS Defender of the Year lived up to his reputation in the Impact’s 3-0 home win over the New York Red Bulls, recording three tackles, four interceptions and a game-leading nine clearances.
LB – Fabinho (Philadelphia Union)
Another of the Union’s star performers from the weekend, Fabinho made six clearances, six interceptions and five tackles to help his side grab their first-ever win at MAPFRE Stadium.
RM – Andrew Wenger (Houston Dynamo)
As well as setting up Horst’s headed opener against Dallas, Wenger also assisted Ricardo Clark 23rd-minute strike and found the back of the net himself just four minutes later.
CM – Calum Mallace (Montreal Impact)
Brought into the Montreal line-up for the injured Marco Donadel, Mallace showed his defensive nous against the Red Bulls with four tackles and seven interceptions, while also completing 93 percent of his 42 passes.
CM – Marcelo Sarvas (D.C. United)
Sarvas was the one standout from DCU’s goalless draw with the New England Revolution, notching up five interceptions and an outstanding 11 tackles to help shutdown the hosts.
LM – Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union)
With the Union defence doing their job, offseason signing Pontius stepped up at the other end of the pitch with his first two goals for the club to hand them all three points against Crew SC.
ST – Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City)
The 25-year-old Englishman bagged a brace in Sporting KC’s home opener as they beat Western Conference rivals Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 to start the season with back-to-back victories.
ST – David Villa (New York City FC)
Villa also scored twice on the weekend, opening the scoring in NYCFC’s clash with Toronto FC from the spot before finding the back of the net again four minutes later to put the hosts 2-0 up within 28 minutes. However, a porous defence meant Patrick Vieira’s men would have to settle for a 2-2 draw in the end.