MLS team of the week: Dax McCarty stars for New York Red Bulls, David Villa strengthens MVP case

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The Red Bulls captain and New York City FC striker both feature in our line-up for Week 30 along with the likes of Sacha Kljestan and Osvaldo Alonso.

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GK – Evan Bush (Montreal Impact)

Bush proved a key reason why Montreal earned back-to-back wins in Week 30, making five saves in Wednesday night’s 3-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes before recording another five on Sunday to help Mauro Biello’s men beat Orlando City SC 1-0 at Camping World Stadium.

RB – Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew SC)

Afful helped keep Crew SC’s faint playoff hopes alive by starring in Saturday night’s 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire, opening the scoring with a stellar eighth-minute strike before going on record eight crosses and three interceptions over the rest of the match.

CB – Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas)

The 23-year-old defender earned Dallas a 1-0 victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday night with his fourth MLS goal of the season, heading home Mauro Diaz’s corner in the 39th-minute corner to maintain his side’s five-point lead atop the Supporters’ Shield standings.

CB – Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders)

After scoring the only goal of the game in Wednesday night’s 1-0 win over Chicago, Marshall produced another strong display on Sunday to help Seattle record a 2-1 victory at the Vancouver Whitecaps.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Seattle Sounders FC

LB – Marc Burch (Colorado Rapids)

Burch was rarely troubled by Portland Timbers playmaker Darlington Nagbe on Saturday as the Rapids beat the reigning MLS Cup champions 1-0 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to secure their spot in the postseason.

CM – Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders)

The Cuban midfielder scored the game-winning goal in Seattle’s clash with the Whitecaps, while also recording four tackles, five interceptions and completing 61 of his game-high 69 passes.

CM – Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls)

The Red Bulls skipper led by example in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Union, setting up Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright-Phillips for the hosts’ first two goals before going on to head home the 66th-minute winner.

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RW – Dominic Oduro (Montreal Impact)

After scoring in the win over San Jose, Oduro’s 59th-minute strike against Orlando on the weekend proved enough to move Montreal up to fourth spot in the Eastern Conference with two regular season games remaining.

AM – Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls)

As well as scoring in Saturday’s victory at Red Bull Arena, Kljestan also set up Dax McCarty’s winner to give him 17 assists on the season – five more than any other player in the league.

LW – Lamar Neagle (D.C. United)

Three days after coming off the bench to grab a goal and an assist in Wednesday night’s 3-0 win over Columbus, Neagle marked his return to the starting XI with a brace as D.C. United came from behind to beat Toronto FC 2-1 at BMO Field.

ST – David Villa (New York City FC)

A brace in Friday night’s 2-0 win at the Houston Dynamo means Villa is now tied with New York Red Bulls counterpart Bradley Wright-Phillips atop the Golden Boot standings with 21 goals. Having been the driving force behind NYCFC's impressive regular season campaign, the former Barcelona forward remains the favourite for the MVP award.

MLS: D.C. United at New York City FC

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