MLS team of the week: Seb Hines and Lloyd Sam fly the flag for ex-Championship players

The ex-Middlesbrough defender and former Leeds United winger feature alongside the likes of FC Dallas striker David Texeira in our line-up for Week 31.

GK – Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City)

After helping his side beat the Philadelphia Union on penalties in the US Open Cup final, Sporting KC’s No. 1 produced another big performance on the weekend, recording six saves in a 1-0 win at the Portland Timbers.

RB – Brek Shea (Orlando City SC)

An early injury to Rafael Ramos forced the former Stoke City man to switch to right-back against the Montreal Impact but it didn’t affect his performance, as his strong showing on both sides of the ball helped the hosts defeat their Eastern Conference rivals 2-1.

CB – Seb Hines (Orlando City SC)

The ex-Middlesbrough man was only playing on Saturday after Tommy Redding was also forced off after colliding with Ramos, having suffered a dislocated shoulder during the previous week. Nevertheless, he made his impact felt in the 80th-minute, popping up with the winning goal to keep Orlando’s post-season hopes alive.

CB – Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)

The Galaxy stopped managed to keep both Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins quiet on Sunday night, racking up five tackles, 16 interceptions and six clearances as Bruce Arena’s men claimed a 1-1 draw at the Seattle Sounders.

LB – Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls)

Playing on the left this week, the 25-year-old right-back set up Bradley Wright-Phillips’ game-clinching goal in a 2-1 win at the Columbus Crew, while also recording five tackles, four interceptions and three clearances.

CM – Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)

Sunday’s 4-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo saw the versatile youngster showcase his finishing instincts with his third MLS goal of the season.

CM – Luke Mulholland (Real Salt Lake)

The Englishman produced a spectacular curling strike in Salt Lake’s 2-1 win at the Colorado Rapids, as well as impressing on the defensive side of the ball with four tackles and six interceptions.

RW – Lloyd Sam (New York Red Bulls)

The former Leeds United and Charlton Athletic winger grabbed his ninth MLS goal of the season against Columbus, cancelling out Justin Meram’s ninth-minute opener just four minutes later with a simple finish, before proceeding to dominate the right flank for the rest of the match.

AM – Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire)

The Fire ended a five-game losing streak against the New England Revolution thanks to their homegrown No. 10, who assisted David Accam’s 51st-minute equaliser before scoring himself just before the hour to inspire his side on to a 3-1 win.

LW – Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas)

Dallas’ 23-year-old hotshot ripped the Dynamo’s defence apart on Sunday, winning a spot-kick and setting up Acosta’s goal as the home side clinched their spot in the post-season.

ST – David Texeira (FC Dallas)

The Uruguayan striker’s second-half brace against Houston showed precisely why the club brought him over from FC Groningen in the off-season.

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