Week 21 was built up to be one of the best of this MLS season and it didn’t disappoint. To the surprise of many, San Jose Earthquakes got the better of Seattle Sounders in their first game in Levi’s Stadium. With Seattle struggling, LA Galaxy has picked the right time to make a push for the Supporters’ Shield.
Here are the top 10 performers from week 21.
10. Nick Rimando: In a rivalry game against Colorado Rapids, Rimando matched the league’s all-time regular season shutout record. He made six saves to secure Real Salt Lake’s one goal lead.
9. Thierry Henry: The French legend played huge roles as New York Red Bulls picked up four big points. His calm finish made sure New York walked out of Rio Tinto Stadium with a point. Although he wasn’t at his best against New England Revolution, he did enough on the defensive end to help his team secure all three points.
8. Robbie Rogers: It was either Rogers or Landon Donovan, and Rogers won. Although the converted left back made the mistake that led to Portland Timbers’ goal, he had a fantastic game. His forward runs created lots of problem for Portland and his deliveries were on target. He served the ball on a platter for Gyasi Zardes to score LA’s first goal.
7. Lee Nguyen: The veteran continues to be New England’s best player. His scintillating performance against the Rapids helped the Revolution snap their eight-game losing streak.
New York’s Matt Miazga received a red card after bringing down Nguyen on a fast break.
6. Javier Morales: The Argentine had another solid week. His corner kick against New York starter the sequence that led to RSL’s only goal. He also scored the winning goal against the Rapids.
5. Will Bruin: Houston Dynamo finally won a game, and most importantly kept a clean sheet. Bruin’s goal helped the bottom-dwellers defeat DC United. He also had another attempt rattle off the crossbar.
4. Yannick Djalo: For the second straight week, Djalo’s individual brilliance handed San Jose another crucial victory. The Portugal international’s versatility has transformed the Earthquakes. He has developed a unique chemistry with Chris Wondolowski, and they both combined to score San Jose’s winning-goal.
3. Gilberto: No Jermain Defoe, no problem. The Brazilian forward is finally hitting his stride in MLS. He looked sharp as Toronto FC defeated Eastern Conference foe Montreal Impact 2-0. His sublime finish in the 11th minute should be up for Goal of the Week.
2. Dax McCarty: The US international scored one of the best goals you’ll ever see this season. With his team down a goal, McCarty chipped the ball over the goalkeeper from 20 yards out. Playing a man down in the second half, New York dominated the midfield because of McCarty. The red-headed enforcer was all over the field and he received a standing ovation as he strolled off the field late in the second half.
1. Robbie Keane: After pulling out of the All-Star game, Keane terrorized Portland’s defense. He scored two goals and had a hand in Zardes’ equalizer.
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