MLS team of the week: Clint Dempsey bags a hat-trick, Ashley Cole opens his account

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The former Tottenham Hotspur forward and ex-Arsenal defender both feature in our Week 22 line-up along with the likes of Sebastian Giovinco and Jordan Morris.

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GK – Evan Bush (Montreal Impact)

The 30-year-old keeper pulled off five saves against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night to help the Didier Drogba-less Impact secure a narrow 1-0 home win.

RB – Tyrone Mears (Seattle Sounders)

The former Burnley defender was one of several Sounders players who impressed in Sunday night’s convincing 3-1 victory at Orlando City SC, setting up Clint Dempsey’s first goal and doing an excellent job of dealing with the threat of Break Shea down the right flank.

CB – Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United)

As well as netting the last-gasp equaliser in D.C. United’s 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union, the US international also won a team-high six aerial duels and made three interceptions.

CB – Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact)

The Belgian centre-back recorded seven interceptions and four clearances against Houston as the Impact extended their unbeaten run to three games.

LB – Ashley Cole (LA Galaxy)

The former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back produced some late heroics in LA’s clash with the New York Red Bulls, netting his first MLS goal in the 89th-minute as Bruce Arena’s men came from behind to draw 2-2.

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CM – Sean Davis (New York Red Bulls)

The highly-rated Red Bulls youngster also bagged his first MLS goal in Sunday’s match at the StubHub Center, along with completing 43 of his 45 passes.

CM – Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)

The Argentine playmaker netted two goals – the first from the penalty spot – and set up another as RSL beat the Chicago Fire 3-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

RW – Marlon Hairston (Colorado Rapids)

The versatile midfielder continued his impressive scoring run in Colorado’s 2-0 home win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, bagging the opener to give him three goals in his last four appearances.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Colorado Rapids

AM – Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders)

The former Tottenham Hotspur forward showcased his finishing instincts against Orlando, scoring three tap-ins within the opening 48 minutes to give Seattle their first win since Sigi Schmid’s departure as head coach last month.

LW – Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders)

The pacey homegrown striker showcased his creative side by setting up two of Dempsey’s goals on the weekend.

ST – Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)

The league’s reigning MVP netted his second hat-trick in four games to secure Toronto an easy 4-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday – three days after providing the assist for Tosaint Ricketts’ winner against Real Salt Lake.

MLS: New England Revolution at Toronto FC

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