Even though only eight games were played in the 20th week of the 2014 MLS season, there were plenty of brilliant individual plays. Some stars were on top of their games while others endured a miserable day at the office.
Here are the top ten players from week 20:
10. Raul Fernandez: The FC Dallas shot-stopper failed to keep a clean sheet, but he was sublime in goal. He made seven big saves against Vancouver Whitecaps’ high-octane offense.
9. Dominic Oduro: Although the MLS veteran was on the losing side, he had one of his best performances of the season. He was a menace for Sporting Kansas City’s defense and served the ball on the platter for Jackson to score Toronto FC’s only goal in a 2-1 defeat.
8. Marcelo Sarvas: Someone check the Brazilian’s back pocket to see if Osvaldo Alonso is still in it. The midfielder marshalled the midfield as LA Galaxy shocked Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field. Sarvas controlled the tempo of the game and played the delightful through pass that led to LA’s first goal.
7. Chris Wondolowski: The US international had fun with Chicago Fire’s mortifying defense. He was allowed to shoot five times and he put one past Sean Johnson. He also summoned his creative instincts by making four key passes, including an assist on Cordell Cato’s goal.
6. Olmes Garcia: Garcia’s performance off the bench was what the doctored ordered for Real Salt Lake. The 21-year-old forward scored the winning goals against the Montreal Impact. The Colombian scored a brace after replacing Robbie Findley.
5. Gershon Koffie: After watching him play against Dallas, it’s clear that Koffie has a bright future in MLS. The young midfielder played one of the best passes of the season as he set Darren Mattocks in on goal to score his third in as many games. Koffie also made six tackles and three clearances.
4. Gabriel Torres: The Panamanian Designated Player finally had his breakout performance of the year against Chivas USA. He was involved in all three goals scored by his team. He scored his first of the season with a sublime strike that dipped over Dan Kennedy.
3. Landon Donovan: MLS all-time leading scorer stole the show as LA thumped Clint Dempsey’s Sounders 3-0. His cheeky assist started the onslaught in the 10th minute and not long after that, he scored his fourth of the season from close range. He was also credited with an assist on LA’s third goal.
2. Pedro Morales: The Chilean maestro showed why he deserved to be an All-Star with a world-class performance against Dallas. He took 12 shots, five on target, made six key passes and touched the ball 110 times. He also scored the game-tying goal from the penalty spot.
1 Yannick Djaló: Since he arrived in MLS, the tricky playmaker has only shown bits and pieces of his individual inventiveness. However, he was a complete player against Chicago. He terrorized the Fire’s midfield and defense with his speed and trickery.
He lofted the ball over Johnson for his only goal of the game, and also assisted two goals.
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