MLS: Week 18’s top performers

The stars shined as top teams prevailed and Chivas USA continued its surprising winning streak in an action packed weekend in MLS.

It was a goal galore in week 18. At least a goal was scored in every game played, resulting in 31 goals in nine matches. Although the potent attacks stole the limelight, multiple defenders and goalkeepers delivered top individual performances.

Continue reading to find out which 10 players stood out the most in week 18.

10. Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC): The Canadian international scored his first goal of the season in the Reds’ 4-2 comeback victory against Houston Dynamo. He took advantage of Tally Hall’s gaffe in the 39th minute for an easy tap in. He also set up Jermain Defoe’s first goal.

9. Bakary Soumare (Chicago Fire): The 28-year-old center back was influential as the Fire finally won its third game of the season. He made six tackles, won five aerial duels, three clearances and four interceptions.

8. Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders): Finally, Fanendo Adi ran into someone that’s capable of matching his strength. The Designated Player was neutralized and wasn’t allowed to get a clean look at goal.

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Dom Dwyer

7. Tommy Meyer (LA Galaxy): No Omar Gonzalez, no problem. Meyer has been a rock at the back this year. The 24-year-old was solid as he helped Jaime Penedo shut out Real Salt Lake. He made three successful tackles and nine clearances.

6. Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo): Since his return from Brazil, Houston’s captain can’t stop scoring. Despite being on the losing side, Davis scored two clinically taken goals to give his side a 2-0 lead.

5. Bill Hamid (DC United): Against San Jose Earthquakes, Hamid showed why he’s considered the next big goalkeeper to come out MLS. He was an absolute beast in front of goal. He made seven huge saves to preserve United’s 2-1 lead.

4. Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City): Slowly but surely, Dwyer is becoming a cult hero among Sporting KC’s fans. The forward delivered against Montreal Impact with two important goals. He opened his account with a courageous header and pounced on a defensive mishap to score his 14th goal of the season. The brace was his third against the Impact this season.

3. Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC): The Tottenham Hotspur legend has settled right into Ryan Nelsen’s team. He continued his hot streak by scoring the winning goals against the Dynamo. He dribbled around Houston’s defense for his first goal and pounced on a loose ball to score his 10th league goal since he joined the Canadian club.

2. Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire): For the second consecutive week, Johnson makes the top 10 list. The goalkeeper was impenetrable as he led the Fire to a 1-0 victory over New England Revolution. He made seven saves including stopping a 84th minute penalty kick.

1. Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls): Henry went back in time as he played his best game of the season. The Arsenal legend looked like his old self in New York’s 4-1 victory. He scored a goal and became the club’s all-time leader in assists with three dimes against Columbus Crew.

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