MLS team of the week: DC United trio star in big win

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Fabian Espindola, Taylor Kemp and Marcelo Sarvas all feature in our Week 6 line-up after they helped secure United their first win of the season on the weekend.

GK – Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City)

The 29-year-old keeper denied Bradley Wright-Phillips from the penalty spot and made five other saves as Sporting KC beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 to go top of the Western Conference.

RB – Rodrigo Ramos (Chicago Fire)

The 20-year-old Brazilian helped stifle David Villa and Ronald Matarrita in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at New York City FC, recording eight successful tackles, seven clearances and two interceptions, as well as attempting six dribbles on the night.

CB – Frederic Brillant (New York City FC)

The French centre-back also impressed in the stalemate at Yankee Stadium, racking up four tackles, five interceptions, nine clearances and winning three aerial duels.

CB – Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders)

The veteran defender secured Seattle a 1-1 draw at the Houston Dynamo with a last-gasp equaliser, while also making eight interceptions and three clearances over the course of the match.

LB – Taylor Kemp (D.C. United)

D.C. recorded their first win of the season on the weekend with a 4-0 thumping of the Vancouver Whitecaps, as Kemp contributed four tackles, five clearances and five interceptions to a backline that held the visitors just one shot on target.

CM – Marcelo Sarvas (D.C. United)

Another of United’s standouts against Vancouver, Sarvas dominated the centre of the park at RFK Stadium, recording six tackles, five interceptions and completing 45 of his match-leading 56 passes.

CM – Kyle Bekker (Montreal Impact)

As well as scoring a late header in Montreal’s 2-0 home win over Columbus Crew SC, Bekker also created three chances and completed 93 percent of his 64 passes.

RW – Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution)

The versatile midfielder opened the scoring in New England’s 1-1 home draw with Toronto FC with a 14th-minute header, before going on to rack up three key passes, four tackles and four interceptions.

AM – Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact)

The Argentine playmaker was the driving force behind the Impact’s victory over Crew SC, recording four key passes, four shots, four dribbles and seven interceptions.

LW – Joao Plata (Real Salt Lake)

The diminutive Ecuadorian’s fourth goal of the season gave unbeaten RSL a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at Rio Tinto Stadium.

ST – Fabian Espindola (D.C. United)

The Argentine striker was at his best in DCU’s win over Vancouver, opening the scoring in the 39th-minute before adding a second 11 minutes after the break to put his side on course for three points.

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