MLS team of the week: Simon Dawkins and Didier Drogba score stunners

The former Derby County man and Chelsea legend both netted superb goals on Saturday to secure spots in our Week 9 line-up alongside the likes of David Villa and Sacha Kljestan.

GK – Jake Gleeson (Portland Timbers)

The New Zealander produced a stunning performance in Portland’s 2-1 home win over Toronto FC, making three crucial saves during the final half-hour to help secure his side all three points.

RB – Sal Zizzo (New York Red Bulls)

Zizzo proved the Red Bulls’ unsung hero in their 4-0 thumping of FC Dallas, shutting down Fabian Castillo while recording six tackles, five interceptions, three clearances and even the assist for the opening set-piece goal.

CB – Zach Scott (Seattle Sounders)

The veteran defender was flawless in his first start in over a month against Columbus Crew SC, making a couple of last-gasp tackles and three clearances to help the Sounders secure a narrow 1-0 win. He also completed 36 of his 42 passes – 11 of which were long balls.

CB – Jonathan Campbell (Chicago Fire)

The 22-year-old rookie grabbed his first MLS goal for the Fire in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with D.C. United, while also recording five interceptions and four clearances.

LB – Maxim Tissot (Montreal Impact)

After a strong display in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at New York City FC, Tissot impressed again on the weekend against the Colorado Rapids. As well as scoring in the second half, the Canadian international racked up four tackles, seven interceptions and three clearances as Mauro Biello’s men were held 2-2 at Stade Saputo.

DM – Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders)

The Honey Badger dominated the midfield in Saturday’s clash with Columbus at CenturyLink Field, recording a match-leading seven tackles and completing 57 of his 63 passes.

CM – Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)

The Argentine’s return from suspension saw him set up Fanendo Adi’s opener against Toronto before scoring the winner from a free-kick 16 minutes from the end.

CM – Simon Dawkins (San Jose Earthquakes)

The former Derby County attacker rescued 10-man San Jose a point in Saturday’s match at the Philadelphia Union, scoring a spectacular late equaliser to earn them a 1-1 draw.

AM – Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls)

The Red Bulls playmaker recorded five key passes and helped set up Lloyd Sam’s opener in the win over Dallas, while also grabbing a goal of his own in the second half when he headed home the rebound after Sam’s long-range chip had bounced off the crossbar.

ST – Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact)

The former Chelsea striker set up Dominic Oduro’s late equaliser in Montreal’s midweek draw at NYCFC, before scoring his second goal of the season nine minutes into the match against Colorado with a superb free-kick from the edge of the box.

ST – David Villa (New York City FC)

NYCFC’s skipper somehow failed to score against Montreal despite recording 10 shots, but he made up for it in the weekend’s visit of the Vancouver Whitecaps with a brace to earn Patrick Vieira’s side a 3-2 win – their first since the season opener.

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