MLS team of the week: Diego Valeri and Roland Alberg lead the way

Diego Valeri - Portland Timbers

The Portland Timbers talisman and Philadelphia Union midfielder headline our Week 16 line-up after delivering their sides hard-fought wins.

Diego Valeri - Portland Timbers

GK – Brian Rowe (LA Galaxy)

The Galaxy keeper racked up five saves in Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw with the Colorado Rapids at the StubHub Center before making a further six on the weekend to help Bruce Arena’s men pick up another point at the San Jose Earthquakes.

RB – Sean Franklin (D.C. United)

As well as scoring in D.C. United’s 2-0 home win over the New England Revolution, Franklin also recorded a match-leading six interceptions and three clearances.

CB – Andrew Jacobson (Vancouver Whitecaps)

The converted midfielder headed home the opener in Vancouver’s 3-2 win at the Philadelphia Union, in addition to making four interceptions and five clearances.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Philadelphia Union

CB – Gideon Baah (New York Red Bulls)

The Ghanaian’s goal couldn’t prevent the Red Bulls from falling to a 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night, but his standout display three days later did help them end their week-long road trip with a 1-1 draw against Columbus Crew SC.

LB – Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC)

The Costa Rican left-back completed the scoring in NYCFC’s 2-0 win at the Seattle Sounders with a late finish, while also recording a game-high five tackles and four crosses.

CM – Marcelo Sarvas (D.C. United)

The Brazilian midfielder dominated the centre of the park in DCU’s win over the Revs, making five tackles, five interceptions, four dribbles and completing 58 of his 67 passes – 13 of which were long balls.

CM – Roland Alberg (Philadelphia Union)

The 25-year-old Dutchman netted the first hat-trick of his career on Wednesday night to help the Union beat the Chicago Fire 4-3 at home, before adding another goal in the 3-2 loss to the Whitecaps.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Philadelphia Union

RW – Lamar Neagle (D.C. United)

The pacey wide man scored and set up Franklin’s goal in Saturday’s victory against New England, helping move his side up to fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

AM – Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)

The Argentine playmaker converted two late penalties against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday as the Timbers came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Providence Park. He also set up Lucas Melano's 64th-minute goal to set the comeback in motion.

LW – Adrian Winter (Orlando City SC)

The Swiss winger scored one goal and helped create another in Orlando’s 3-2 win over Toronto FC, as well as making three tackles and completing three dribbles.

ST – Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City)

After a three-game goal drought, the English striker looked back to his best in Sporting KC’s clash with the Montreal Impact, scoring either side of half-time to hold the Didier Drogba-led hosts to a 2-2 draw.

MLS: Sporting KC at Montreal Impact

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