The Toronto FC forward and Orlando City SC skipper headline our Week 34 line-up along with the likes of David Villa, Giles Barnes and Rangers loanee Fraser Aird.
GK – Eirik Johansen (New York City FC)
The former Manchester City keeper produced an impressive display on his MLS debut, pulling off five saves to help NYCFC secure a 4-1 win over Columbus Crew SC at Yankee Stadium. There are now rumblings that he could start over regular No. 1 Josh Saunders in the playoffs.
RB – Fraser Aird (Vancouver Whitecaps)
The 21-year-old utility man set up Giles Barnes’ opener in Vancouver’s 4-1 victory over the Portland Timbers, while also recording up a game-high five tackles and five clearances. With his loan spell from Rangers expiring, it will be interesting to see whether the Canadian club look to pursue his signature on a permanent basis.
CB – Aurelien Collin (New York Red Bulls)
The physical Frenchman helped Bradley Wright-Phillips win his second Golden Boot award by setting up his 24th goal of the season as the Red Bulls beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0. He also racked up a match-leading 15 clearances and three tackles over the course of the 90 minutes.
CB – Jelle van Damme (LA Galaxy)
The Belgian defender recorded three tackles, seven interceptions and five clearances in LA’s 0-0 draw with Supporters’ Shield winners FC Dallas, as well as blocking two shots to help the hosts earn their ninth clean sheet of the season.
LB – Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC)
The Costa Rica international was his usual energetic self in NYCFC’s thumping of Columbus, recording seven tackles, five clearances, three dribbles and seven crosses.
CM – Cristian Higuita (Orlando City SC)
The Colombian midfielder scored one goal and set up another as Orlando closed out their season with a 4-2 win over D.C. United at Camping World Stadium.
RW – Jack Harrison (New York City FC)
The 19-year-old Englishman continued his impressive rookie season on Sunday, recording his fourth MLS goal and seventh assist to ensure Patrick Vieira’s men held onto the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
AM – Kaka (Orlando City SC)
The Brazilian playmaker showed precisely what he is capable of when fully fit in Orlando’s season finale, grabbing his 10th goal of the campaign and serving up two assists. If he can steer clear of injuries in 2017, Jason Kreis’ side will be much more of a force to be reckoned with.
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LW – Giles Barnes (Vancouver Whitecaps)
After his July arrival from the Houston Dynamo, the former Derby County man finally opened his Whitecaps account on the weekend, scoring twice in the won over Portland to knock the reigning MLS Cup champions out of the postseason picture.
ST – David Villa (New York City)
The former Barcelona striker provided the assist for Steven Mendoza’s opener in NYCFC’s win over Columbus before going on to score his 23rd goal of the season in stoppage-time. It wasn’t quite enough to earn him the Golden Boot award but it will help his case when it comes to MVP voting.
ST – Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)
Playing in his second game back from injury, the diminutive Italian won and converted a penalty to go along with an assist as Toronto beat the Chicago Fire 3-2 at BMO Field. Had it not been for his five-match absence during the run-in, the MVP debate would be a lot less open.