The LA Galaxy striker and New Red Bulls midfielder played their way into our Week 3 line-up with game-winning performances.
GK – Bobby Shuttleworth (New England Revolution)
Despite losing 3-0 at the Philadelphia Union, Shuttleworth can hold his head high. New England’s No. 1 made five saves behind a porous defence and became just the fourth goalkeeper to save two penalties in an MLS match.
RB – Rafael Ramos (Orlando City SC)
The Portuguese youngster set up Cyle Larin’s winner in Orlando’s 1-0 victory at New York City FC, while also recording two tackles, three interceptions and six clearances.
CB – Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps)
The towering Costa Rican put in a big performance to help Vancouver secure a 2-1 win at the Seattle Sounders, making a match-leading 12 clearances, four interceptions and blocking three shots.
CB – Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC)
Like Ramos, Redding also impressed at Yankee Stadium, limiting David Villa to just one shot while racking up three tackles, four interceptions and two clearances. Could a Matt Miazga-like breakout be on the cards?
LB – Fabinho (Philadelphia Union)
The Brazilian full-back provided the assist for C.J. Sapong’s 18th-minute opener against the Revs, in addition to recording six tackles, eight interceptions and five clearances.
CM – Cristian Higuita (Orlando City SC)
The 22-year-old Colombian bossed the midfield against Pirlo and pals on Friday night, making an incredible 14 tackles and completing 90 percent of his 40 passes.
CM – Felipe Martins (New York Red Bulls)
The Brazilian midfielder bagged his first MLS brace to secure the Red Bulls a come-from-behind victory over the free-scoring Houston Dynamo on Saturday night, making it 3-3 13 minutes from the end with a stunning long-range strike before netting the winner from a free-kick six minutes later.
AM – Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls)
While Felipe stole most of the headlines after his late-game heroics at Red Bull Arena, Kljestan also put in a fist-class performance. The former Anderlecht ace opened the scoring in the 22nd-minute, created six chances and set up his fellow midfielder’s 77th-minute equaliser.
FW – C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union)
The ex-Sporting Kansas City striker netted a first-half brace in Philly’s thumping of the Revs and won the first of his side’s two missed penalties just before the break. For whatever reason, though, he wasn’t allowed to take either of them.
FW – Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers)
Adi performed similar heroics to Felipe in Portland’s 2-2 home draw with Real Salt Lake, cutting the visitors’ advantage to one goal in the 79th-minute before equalising from the spot five minutes later to secure Caleb Porter’s men a share of the points.
FW – Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
The Galaxy striker netted twice within the space of six second-half minutes in Saturday’s meeting with the San Jose Earthquakes as the hosts rode his two goals to a 3-1 win in the first California Clasico of the season.