MLS team of the week: Steven Gerrard shows his class in LA Galaxy victory

Steven Gerrard In 2014

The former Liverpool captain features in our Week 7 line-up alongside the likes of Jermaine Jones and Galaxy teammate Giovani dos Santos after enjoying a winning return from injury on Friday night.

GK – Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)

Blake couldn’t prevent the Union from losing 2-1 at the Seattle Sounders but he can still take heart from his impressive seven-save performance. Through six games, there’s a strong argument to make that he’s been the league’s best goalkeeper.

RB – A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy)

The Galaxy stalwart produced an impressive defensive display Friday night’s 4-1 victory at the Houston Dynamo, recording four tackles and seven interceptions as Bruce Arena’s side extended their unbeaten run to four games.

CB – Aaron Maund (Real Salt Lake)

As well as making a decisive goal-line clearance in RSL’s 1-0 home win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, Maund also racked up four tackles, seven interceptions and won five aerial duels to help preserve the clean sheet.

CB – Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders)

The veteran defender scored for the second straight week in Seattle’s win over the Union, while also recording five interceptions, three clearances and blocking one shot.

LB – Demar Phillips (Real Salt Lake)

Like Maund, Phillips also impressed against the Whitecaps, making a match-leading six tackles, two interceptions and two clearances in his first start since the season-opener.

CM – Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy)

Finally back in the Galaxy line-up after a three-week injury layoff, Gerrard promptly answered some of his critics with one of his best performances since arriving in MLS last summer.

The former Liverpool captain set up Giovani dos Santos’ second goal with a sublime cross-field ball and made his mark on the defensive side with three tackles and a match-high eight interceptions.

CM – Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids)

With his six-game suspension up, Jones made his presence felt on his debut for the Rapids, producing a goal and assist to help Pablo Mastroeni’s men beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 at a snow-covered Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

RW – Juan Manuel Martinez (Real Salt Lake)

The man known as “Burrito” grabbed the winning goal in RSL’s hard-fought clash with Vancouver and completed a game-leading eight of his 11 attempted dribbles.

AM – Andreas Ivanschitz (Seattle Sounders)

The Austrian playmaker set up both of Seattle’s goals against Philly, while also racking up six key passes and five crosses – four of which found their target.

LW – Justin Meram (Columbus Crew SC)

Crew SC finally got their first victory of the season on Saturday by beating New York City FC 3-2 at MAPFRE Stadium, as Meram assisted on two goals before scoring the eventual winner 10 minutes from time.

FW – Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy)

After a slow start to the season, Dos Santos showed his value in LA’s trip to Houston, stepping up in the absence of the injured Robbie Keane to net a first-half brace.

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