MLS team of the week: Diego Valeri shines, Steven Gerrard grabs a game-winner

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The Portland Timbers midfielder and former Liverpool captain both feature in our Week 19 line-up along with the likes of Fabian Castillo and Masato Kudo.

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GK – Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

The reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year’s six-save performance ensured that the Red Bulls survived a second-half onslaught to secure a 2-2 draw at the Philadelphia Union.

RB – Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes)

The Trinidadian wide man enjoyed an excellent game for San Jose in their 2-1 home victory over Toronto FC, setting up Simon Dawkins’ 70th-minute winner after making a crucial goalline clearance earlier in the second half.

CB – Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake)

The 19-year-old centre-back continued his breakout season by producing another solid display in RSL’s 0-0 home draw with the New England Revolution, making five interceptions and five clearances to help keep Kei Kamara in check.

MLS: New England Revolution at Real Salt Lake

CB – Axel Sjoberg (Colorado Rapids)

The towering Swede won an impressive seven aerial duels in Colorado’s 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, in addition to recording a match-leading six interceptions and five clearances.

LB – Jermaine Taylor (Portland Timbers)

The veteran Jamaican provided the assist for Diego Valeri’s second goal in Portland’s 3-1 home win over fierce rivals Seattle Sounders, while also winning six aerial duels and making four interceptions.

CM – Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy)

The Galaxy's former Liverpool skipper scored the only goal of the game in Friday night's clash with the Houston Dynamo at the StubHub Center to earn Bruce Arena’s men their third straight league win.

CM – Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls)

The Red Bulls playmaker bagged both of his side’s goals in the first half of Sunday night’s draw with the Union.

RW – Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union)

After winning C.J. Sapong’s penalty, the former D.C. United winger scored himself only one minute later to complete the Union’s second-half comeback against the Red Bulls. He also racked up six shots and recorded two dribbles during his 80-minute showing.

AM – Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)

The 30-year-old Argentine strengthen his MVP candidacy in Sunday's victory over the Sounders by netting either side of half-time, giving him nine goals in 17 appearances this season.

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LW – Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas)

The Colombian winger recorded two assists in Dallas’ 3-1 home win over the Chicago Fire, teeing up Maximiliano Urruti’s opener with an amazing rabona pass.

ST – Masato Kudo (Vancouver Whitecaps)

In his second appearance since returning from a broken jaw and concussion, the Japanese striker played a key role in earning the Whitecaps a 2-2 draw against Orlando City SC, helping set up Nicolas Mezquida’s 35th-minute strike before putting the hosts in front just before half-time with a set-piece header.

MLS: Orlando City SC at Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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