The two centre-backs were among the star performers in week 14 of MLS action, as Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco also continued his dazzling run of form.
GK – Andrew Dykstra (D.C. United)
In the absence of injured first-choice Bill Hamid, the backup keeper stopped six shots and a penalty in Wednesday night’s 3-1 victory over the Chicago Fire, before making five further saves in the 2-1 defeat to Toronto FC at the weekend.
RB – Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers)
The Jamaica international continued his impressive run of form in the 2-0 home win over the New England Revolution, recording five tackles, four interceptions and the assist for Fanendo Adi’s first goal.
CB – Shay Facey (New York City FC)
The Manchester City loanee looked much-improved at centre-back in Saturday’s 2-1 win at the Philadelphia Union, making six tackles and nine clearances to help limit the home side to one goal and end NYCFC’s 11-game winless run in the process.
CB – Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers)
Powell’s teammate also had a crucial role in helping Caleb Porter’s men beat the Revs, as the ex-Aston Villa defender made a match-leading 10 clearances and won six aerial duels over the course of the match.
LB – Amadou Dia (Sporting Kansas City)
With Seth Sinovic missing his fourth straight game, the Frenchman again impressed in Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders, recording a key pass, two dribbles and four dribbles, as well as four tackles, four interceptions and three clearances.
DM – Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo)
The former US international put in a solid defensive shift and grabbed a goal as Houston dispatched the New York Red Bulls 4-2 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
RM – David Accam (Chicago Fire)
Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Orlando City SC at Toyota Park saw the Ghanaian speedster justify his Designated Player tag with a goal and assist from the right wing, having already scored in the midweek defeat to D.C. United.
LM – Andres Romero (Montreal Impact)
The Argentine’s second-half strike against the Columbus Crew helped end his side’s 25-game winless streak on the road that dated back to September 2013.
AM – Tommy McNamara (New York City FC)
In his first MLS start for the expansion franchise, the mulleted midfielder made his impact felt, netting a stunning long-range goal to set his side’s comeback in motion.
FW – Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)
The former Juventus star continues to dazzle in his first MLS season, bagging his sixth and seventh goals of the campaign to both down D.C. United and further cement himself as the MVP front-runner.
FW – Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo)
A brace in the win over the Red Bulls made it six goals in five games for the tall striker, who is starting to rediscover the scoring form which earned him a US call-up back in 2013.