MLS team of the week: Tim Howard and Steven Gerrard roll back the years

Steven Gerrard playing for the LA Galaxy

The ex-Everton goalkeeper and former Liverpool captain both make our Week 23 line-up along with the likes of Bradley Wright-Phillips, Kaka and Nicolas Lodeiro.

MLS: Portland Timbers at Colorado Rapids

GK – Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)

The Rapids largely had Howard to thank for Saturday night’s 1-1 draw at the LA Galaxy after the former Everton goalkeeper pulled off five big saves over the course of the match to secure his side a vital point on the road.

RB – Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union)

The Rookie of the Year front-runner produced another impressive performance in the Union’s 4-0 thumping of the New England Revolution, winning a match-leading four tackles and completing 51 of his 54 passes.

CB – Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United)

The US international scored for the second successive game and helped D.C. record a clean sheet as they beat reigning MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers 2-0 at RFK Stadium on Saturday night.

CB – Richie Marquez (Philadelphia Union)

The 24-year-old defender scored his second goal of the season in the Union’s victory at New England, while also making two tackles, four clearances and blocking a shot to preserve the shutout.

LB – Fabinho (Philadelphia Union)

As well as setting up C.J. Sapong’s opening goal against the Revolution, the Brazilian full-back also recorded three tackles, four interceptions, six clearances, two dribbles and three crosses in the resounding win.

CM – Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy)

The Liverpool legend made more key passes than any other MLS player on the weekend with eight against the Rapids, with one of them setting up Daniel Steres’ 62nd-minute equaliser. He also had a game-high 95 touches, served up 13 crosses and completed 87 percent of his 71 passes.

Steven Gerrard playing for the LA Galaxy

CM – Sean Davis (New York Red Bulls)

The highly-rated youngster helped set up both of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ goals and scored himself for the second game running as the Red Bulls came from behind to beat the Montreal Impact 3-1 at home.

RW – Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders)

The Uruguay playmaker continue his stellar start to his Sounders career in Sunday’s clash with Real Salt Lake, opening the scoring with his first MLS goal and providing the assist for Jordan Morris’ strike as the hosts went on to secure a 2-1 win.

AM – Kaka (Orlando City SC)

The Brazilian superstar scored one goal and set up the other in Orlando’s 2-2 draw at the Chicago Fire, along with completing six dribbles and 44 of his 51 passes.

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LW – Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union)

After grabbing his 10th goal of the season in the 51st-minute at New England, Pontius turned provider merely three minutes later by redirecting a corner across goal for Marquez to provide an easy finish.

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

The former Manchester City and Southampton striker netted a first-half brace in Saturday’s win over Montreal to pass Juan Pablo Angel as the Red Bulls’ all-time regular-season scoring leader with 59 goals.

MLS: Toronto FC at New York Red Bulls

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