MLS team of the week: Orlando City and New York Red Bulls stars dominate

MLS: Montreal Impact at Orlando City SC

The likes of Kaka, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Cyle Larin and Dax McCarty all feature in our Week 12 line-up.

MLS: Montreal Impact at Orlando City SC

GK – Joe Bendik (Orlando City SC)

The former Toronto FC keeper helped Orlando record a 2-1 comeback win over the Montreal Impact at Camping World Stadium with an impressive six-save performance.

RB – Atiba Harris (FC Dallas)

The Saint Kitts and Nevis international netted a first-half header in Dallas’ 4-2 win at the New England Revolution, while also making eight interceptions and three tackles.

CB – Axel Sjoberg (Colorado Rapids)

The towering Swede combined his first goal of the season with a strong defensive performance as the Rapids beat the Seattle Sounders 1-0 at CenturyLink Field to maintain their lead at the top of the Supporters’ Shield standings.

CB – Richie Marquez (Philadelphia Union)

The 23-year-old scored the only goal of the game in the Union’s clash with D.C. United on Friday night, tapping home Sebastien Le Toux’s cross in second-half stoppage-time to secure the hosts all three points.

LB – Marc Burch (Colorado Rapids)

As well as setting up Sjoberg’s winner against his former club, Burch also made a crucial goal-line clearance in the second half to help preserve Colorado’s lead.

CM – Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls)

The Red Bulls enjoyed yet more derby domination over New York City FC on Saturday at Yankee Stadium as their skipper grabbed two goals in a 7-0 thrashing – a result which equaled the MLS record for the biggest-ever winning margin.

RW – Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers)

The US international made his case to start at next month’s Copa America with a dazzling performance in Portland’s 4-2 home win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, scoring an 82nd-minute free-kick after running the show from midfield for most of the match.

AM – Kaka (Orlando City SC)

The Brazilian playmaker produced a creative masterclass against Montreal, setting up both of Cyle Larin’s goals to help end Orlando’s six-game winless run.

LW – Mike Grella (New York Red Bulls)

The ex-Leeds United forward scored his fourth goal of the season in midweek to secure the Red Bulls a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire before picking up an assist in the demolition of NYCFC.

ST – Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC)

The 2015 MLS Rookie of the Year scored Orlando’s equaliser against Montreal just before half-time after getting onto the end of Kaka’s free-kick before linking up with the former Real Madrid star again three minutes from time to nab the winner.

ST – Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)

The Englishman now has six goals in four games against NYCFC after recording a brace in their latest matchup, while he also showed his creative side in Week 12, recording an assist in both of the Red Bulls’ victories.

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