Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney have both missed out on the MLS mid-season Team of the Year.

LA Galaxy star Ibrahimovic has netted 11 league goals so far this term, while Rooney has scored eight times for DC United.

Neither have made the cut, however, in the Opta-powered team of the season so far.

Carlos Vela and Ezequiel Barco are the headline acts in the XI, but who else has been included?

Goalkeeper – Bill Hamid (DC United)

Bill Hamid's return to MLS and DC United has gone as well as – if not better than – anyone could have hoped. Among goalkeepers with eight or more appearances this season, he leads the league in save percentage (78.8 per cent), is second in saves per game (four) and clean sheets (seven). He is also tied for third in average goals against (1.1) and fourth in goals prevented (3.9).


Right-back – Raymon Gaddis (Philadelphia Union)

A member of the surprising Philadelphia Union, 29-year-old Gaddis has started all 17 of his team's matches and played a total of 1,466 minutes – only five outfield players have more. He is one of 12 defenders to have played more than 1,350 minutes this season and one of just four of those players to not make a single mistake leading to a shot.


Centre-back – Erik Godoy (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Switching to MLS has not been much of an issue for the 25-year-old Argentinian centre-back, who has thrived in the middle of Vancouver's defence. He is one of 19 defenders to have been dribbled past three times or fewer (minimum of 1,000 minutes played), is tied for third in blocked shots (16) and tied for fifth in clearances (70).


Centre-back – Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez (Atlanta United)

The 27-year-old Argentinian has been a stalwart member of Atlanta's backline since his debut, and 2019 has been no different. He has been a part of all of the Five Stripes' MLS-leading eight clean sheets and leads all defenders with 139 possessions won. He is also one of 15 players with an aerial success of 66 per cent or better (from a minimum of 45 aerial duels).


Left-back – Ali Adnan (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Adnan's attacking ability from the back has been critical for Vancouver in 2019. He is one of only three defenders to have completed 20 dribbles and create 10 or more chances this term. On top of that, he is one of four defenders with 100 or more duels won, and the Whitecaps concede more than double the amount of goals per 90 minutes with him off the pitch (0.9 goals conceded per 90 with Adnan on the field, 2.1 per 90 without him).


Central midfield – Jonathan dos Santos (Los Angeles Galaxy)

The Mexico international has become arguably the most intimidating midfield force in MLS this year. He has won a league-best 155 possessions and has 94 tackles and interceptions – no other player has more than 75. Look no further than the club's numbers with Dos Santos on the pitch for his value to the Galaxy. They average 1.4 goals and one conceded per 90 minutes with him playing. By comparison, they score 0.5 goals and let in 2.1 per match without the Mexican.


Central midfield – Eduard Atuesta (Los Angeles FC)

While Carlos Vela gets most of the plaudits for LAFC's success, midfielder Eduard Atuesta has played a vital role linking the offence and defence together. He is the only player averaging more than 100 touches per game (101, to be exact) and is one of two players with more than 150 possessions won. He also has impressive passing statistics, with an overall accuracy of 87.5 per cent and 75.8 per cent in the final third.


Right attacking midfield – Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC)

The easy decision for mid-season MVP, Vela leads MLS in goals with 16 (five more than any other player), assists (10), shots (87 – 26 more than the next best), shots on target (35) and minutes per goal among players with five or more goals. The only question at this point is; how many records will the Mexico international break this year?


Central attacking midfield – Carles Gil (New England Revolution)

The club's lone designated player has lived up to the billing during his first year in New England. He has had a hand in just under half of the Revolution's goals this year (four goals and four assists) and has been an effective pest in the final third, where he has won possession 31 times – eight more than any other MLS player.


Left attacking midfield – Ezequiel Barco (Atlanta United)

Stepping out of the shadow of Miguel Almiron, the 20-year-old has four goals and one assist in eight appearances this year and was coming into his own before leaving for the Under-20 World Cup. He is one of eight players averaging at least three chances created per 90 minutes (3.1) and is one of 12 players to have an xG [expected goals] record of at least two (2.4, tied with Vela for sixth best).


Striker – Raul Ruidiaz (Seattle Sounders)

The 28-year-old Peruvian is enjoying his first full season in Seattle, scoring six goals in 10 appearances this year. He boasts a 35.3 per cent shot conversion rate (the second highest among players with six or more goals) and is scoring once every 119 minutes, record bettered by only three players who have netted at least six times. It does not hurt that 20.3 per cent of his touches have come inside the opponent's box this season, the second highest in the league.

MLS Supporters' Shield leaders Los Angeles FC defeated Portland Timbers 3-2, while defending champions Atlanta United won thanks to Josef Martinez.

High-flying LAFC crashed the re-opening of Portland's Providence Park on Saturday – star Carlos Vela scoring again to lead the visitors.

Vela broke the deadlock with his league-leading 16th goal of the campaign after the former Arsenal and Real Sociedad forward slotted in the sixth-minute opener.

Diego Rossi made it 2-0 for LAFC in the 34th minute before Cristhian Paredes reduced the Timbers' deficit within a minute of the second half.

However, Latif Blessing restored LAFC's two-goal advantage eight minutes later, with Brian Fernandez's late bicycle kick proving a consolation.

Unbeaten in eight games and with just one defeat all season, LAFC are nine points clear of city rivals LA Galaxy in the Western Conference.

Martinez, meanwhile, was the hero as Atlanta accounted for Chicago Fire 2-0 on home soil at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Venezuela international recorded his second consecutive brace to lead Atlanta to back-to-back victories.

Martinez, who has five goals in his past three games, scored twice in the first half as Atlanta moved within a point of Eastern Conference leaders DC United.

Wayne Rooney's DC were held to a 1-1 draw by San Jose Earthquakes, who were again aided by record goalscorer Chris Wondolowski.

In other results, Nani scored in Orlando City's 3-0 win at Montreal Impact, New York Red Bulls routed Real Salt Lake 4-0, Colorado Rapids beat FC Cincinnati 3-1, Houston Dynamo drew 1-1 with Sporting Kansas City, Dallas edged Seattle Sounders 2-1 and New York City earned a 2-2 draw against Columbus Crew.

History-making Haitian swimmer Naomy Grand Pierre said she was encouraged by last week’s turn out at a Meet and Greet in Atlanta to raise funds for her country’s swim programme.

The meet and greets were planned by an organisation known as the Sons and Daughters of Haiti to raise money over US$100,000 to send Haitian swim teams to the CCCAN Swimming Championships in 2019 and 2020, as well as the Carifta Swimming Championships and the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The 22-year-old swimmer created history at the 2016 Rio Olympics when she became the first Haitian woman to represent the country at an Olympiad. An estimated US$3000 was pledged during the Atlanta event and Grand’Pierre described it as a moving experience.

“It’s one thing to know that you have support from a community, but it’s another to see and feel support and that’s what this meet and greet provided,” she said of the event where new partnerships with Carribean Apparel uniforms as well as five per cent revenue contributions from Itiah Coffee and Abdalia’s Designs were announced.

“It was really touching for me to see the Haitian community engaged in our efforts to change the state of our country. It has given me the motivation I need to continue, even on the hard days, because Haitians from all over are counting on us to provide a source of hope for progress and development in the country.

“We recapped the efforts for the Road to Rio and recognized notable members and contributions that made that journey possible. We also updated the progress - six international medals, 17 registered athletes and 19 Haitian records in three years.”

Following on that success, three additional events have been planned for Miami, Chicago and Boston in the coming weeks.

Miami’s event will be held at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex on May 31. Then on June 13 another such event has been scheduled for the Kizin Creole Restaurant in Chicago on June 13. Another is set for Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex in Boston on June 29.

Further information can be had at  haitiroadtotokyo.com.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred for LA Galaxy on his return from suspension, while Josef Martinez netted a brace for Atlanta United in MLS on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic scored and provided an assist as the Galaxy returned to second in the Western Conference courtesy of a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City.

The Swedish star headed a cross into the path of Favio Alvarez to nod in the opener in the 55th minute.

Ibrahimovic, returning from a two-game suspension, sealed the win late on, volleying in an Uriel Antuna cross for his 10th goal of the season.

Galaxy are six points adrift of Los Angeles FC, while Sporting are 11th in the Western Conference.

Atlanta United snapped a two-game losing streak thanks to a 3-0 victory at home to Minnesota United.

Franco Escobar's fine 23rd-minute finish put Atlanta ahead, but they had to wait until late on to wrap up their victory.

Martinez scored twice in additional time to take his tally to eight MLS goals this campaign.

Atlanta are fourth in the Eastern Conference, where the top two in DC United and Philadelphia Union dropped points.

Wayne Rooney provided an assist but DC were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Chicago Fire.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, played out a 1-1 draw against the struggling Colorado Rapids.

However, third-placed Montreal Impact made no mistake, edging Real Salt Lake 2-1 in Quebec.

Los Angeles FC defeated Montreal Impact 4-2 to extend their unbeaten run in MLS, while rivals LA Galaxy claimed a confidence-boosting victory.

LAFC made it seven matches without defeat thanks to goals from Christian Ramirez, Carlos Vela, Latif Blessing and Tristan Blackmon on Friday.

After Ramirez put LAFC ahead in the seventh minute, Vela took his season tally to 15 goals in 15 games before Blessing sealed a one-sided first half by the half-hour mark.

Blackmon made it 4-0 10 minutes into the second half before the Impact scored two late consolation goals as Western Conference leaders LAFC moved eight points clear of Seattle Sounders, who have played two games less.

The Galaxy are a point further adrift in third after ending their four-game losing streak in a 1-0 victory away to Orlando City.

LA Galaxy had lost to New York Red Bulls, Columbus Crew, New York City and Colorado Rapids to slip off the pace in the west.

But in the absence of suspended star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Galaxy returned to winning ways courtesy of Jonathan Dos Santos – whose stunning 19th-minute strike separated the two teams in Orlando.

Dos Santos' powerful first-time shot from outside the box put the visitors ahead and it stayed that way after Nani's 32nd-minute penalty was saved by Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham.

Meanwhile, Jefferson Savarino's 94th-minute strike saw Real Salt Lake past defending champions Atlanta United 2-1.

Josef Martinez thought he had earned a point for visiting Atlanta after cancelling out Sebastian Saucedo's first-half opener with 12 minutes remaining.

However, RSL made it three consecutive wins thanks to Savarino after the Venezuela international riffled a shot into the top corner of the net.

RSL moved up to fifth in the west, while fourth-placed Atlanta remain four points adrift of Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union.

Nani inspired Orlando City to a resounding win in MLS, while LA Galaxy's miserable run continued on Sunday.

Former Manchester United star Nani scored a brace as Orlando crushed FC Cincinnati 5-1 in Florida.

However, they had to come from behind at home after Darren Mattocks' 24th-minute opener for Cincinnati.

Tesho Akindele's clinical finish brought Orlando level before Nani struck twice early in the second half.

Nani had a penalty saved by Cincinnati goalkeeper Spencer Richey, but the rebound fell nicely for him to tuck away.

He tapped in a Ruan cutback to make it 3-1 before Akindele also completed his brace and Dom Dwyer headed in a late corner.

The win was just Orlando's fourth of the league campaign as they sit 10th in the Eastern Conference, two places above bottom side Cincinnati.

Without the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Galaxy's losing run stretched to four games with a 1-0 defeat at home to Colorado Rapids.

Andre Shinyashiki scored in the 82nd minute after a counter-attack to lift the Rapids to their first win of the season.

Elsewhere, defending champions Atlanta United's five-game winning streak came to an end with a 1-0 loss to 10-man New York Red Bulls.

Western Conference leaders Los Angeles FC drew 1-1 against a 10-man Dallas as Carlos Vela scored his 14th goal of the MLS season with a penalty, having earlier missed a spot-kick.

Atlanta United made it five straight wins in MLS on Wednesday, while the Seattle Sounders closed the gap atop the Western Conference.

Frank de Boer's Atlanta have found form and recorded a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place Stadium.

Josef Martinez's first-half penalty was all they needed to stretch their winning run to five and climb into third in the Eastern Conference.

Incredibly, Atlanta have not conceded once during their five-game streak.

The Sounders jumped to second in the Western Conference after a 2-1 win at home to Orlando City.

Raul Ruidiaz tapped in a Brad Smith cross for the opener before Handwalla Bwana put away Nicolas Lodeiro's delivery in the second half.

Chris Mueller's fine 20-yard effort pulled one back for Orlando, but they were unable to find an equaliser.

Seattle moved above the LA Galaxy and are now just two points behind conference leaders Los Angeles FC.

Eastern Conference leaders DC United were held to a 0-0 draw by Toronto at BMO Field, while Houston Dynamo and the Portland Timbers drew 1-1.

Atlanta United continued their good run of form in MLS, while DC United recorded a narrow win on Sunday.

Gonzalo Martinez's goal was enough for Atlanta to claim a fourth straight victory by beating Orlando City 1-0 in Georgia.

Former River Plate midfielder Martinez scored his first goal for the club in the 14th minute, brilliantly curling Hector Villalba's pass into the top corner.

Frank de Boer's men climbed into fifth in the Eastern Conference, six points behind the top two in Philadelphia Union and DC United.

DC joined Philadelphia on 23 points thanks to a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City at Audi Field.

Paul Arriola received Wayne Rooney's pass before curling an effort past Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia from the edge of the area.

Columbus Crew ended their losing run to upset LA Galaxy in MLS, while Atlanta United extended their winning streak on Wednesday.

Columbus snapped a five-match losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Galaxy, who slumped to their second consecutive defeat.

Gyasi Zardes haunted his former club with the opener, tapping in a Robinho cross from the left in the 27th minute.

He turned provider for Columbus' second, Federico Higuain collecting his pass before firing into the bottom corner from just inside the area.

Hector Jimenez made it 3-0 in the 66th minute as the Crew closed out their victory despite Daniel Steres' late goal.

The Galaxy remain second in the Western Conference, while Columbus climbed into fifth in the Eastern Conference.

In Georgia, defending champions Atlanta recorded a third straight win courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Toronto.

Hector Villalba's close-range finish in the first half was followed up by Julian Gressel's strike in the second.

Atlanta are seventh in the Eastern Conference on the back of their fourth league win of the campaign, while Toronto are fourth.

Montreal Impact moved level on points with the leaders in the east thanks to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over New York Red Bulls.

Meanwhile, Nemanja Nikolic's double guided Chicago Fire to a 5-0 thrashing of New England Revolution.

Josef Martinez kick-started his MLS campaign with a brace in Atlanta United's 3-0 win over Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

Martinez – coming off a 35-goal MLS season last year – struck twice as defending champions Atlanta climbed up to ninth in the Eastern Conference.

The Venezuela international moved onto four league goals for the season, while Ezequiel Barco also netted for the visitors in Kansas.

Martinez bravely opened the scoring for Frank de Boer's men six minutes before half-time.

Barco's powerful strike was spilled by Tim Melia, Martinez on hand to tuck away the rebound as the Sporting goalkeeper dived at his feet.

Having already warned Sporting, Barco doubled the lead from 25 yards early in the second half, firing into the bottom corner.

Martinez's clinical finish – again set up by Barco – sealed Atlanta's win and left Sporting in 10th in the Western Conference.

Paul Pogba has had a tough year according to his brother Florentin, who said that "things are going to happen" regarding the Manchester United midfielder's future amid reports he could join Real Madrid.

While United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced the France international will remain at Old Trafford next season, Florentin Pogba was far less certain about his younger sibling's fate.

The Atlanta United defender was asked about his previous comments, in which he said his brother would only leave United for rivals City, Barcelona or Real Madrid, and whether that was still the case.

"I don't know what'll happen," he told AS. "We'll see.

"Things are going to happen. Summer's coming. We'll see if he stays, if he goes."

A run of four defeats and a draw in their last seven Premier League matches has tarnished United's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League, and Florentin Pogba indicated he felt that missing out on Europe's top competition could have a bearing on his brother's future.

"At the moment [all I want] is for my brother to be happy," he said. "To be playing like he knows how to and that's it."

Asked whether the World Cup winner had endured a difficult year at Old Trafford, he added: "Yes, but in my opinion he's done a good job and we can see Manchester are going to have it tough to qualify for the Champions League.

"We'll see how it turns out."

MLS champions Atlanta United won their first home game of the season to ease pressure on Frank de Boer, while Sporting Kansas City and New England Revolution drew 4-4.

Atlanta overcame fellow strugglers and winless Colorado Rapids 1-0 courtesy of Julian Gressel at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday.

Struggling for form since former Inter and Crystal Palace boss De Boer replaced Gerardo Martino at the start of the season, Atlanta finally gave their fans something to celebrate on home soil following two draws and a loss.

Gressel's goal with 16 minutes remaining gave Atlanta their second win in five matches, though the titleholders remain 10th in the 12-team Eastern Conference and four points adrift of the top seven while the Rapids are bottom in the west with just two points.

New York City occupy the seventh and final playoff spot in the east following their 1-1 draw at home to Orlando City, whose Nani scored his fifth goal in four games.

It was an eight-goal thriller in Kansas City, where Sporting and nine-man New England shared the points on Saturday.

Sporting KC rescued a draw thanks to Krisztian Nemeth's 83rd-minute equaliser against the visiting Revolution, who had Brandon Bye and Jalil Anibaba sent off in the second half.

New England opened the scoring and led 3-1 and 4-2 thanks to Juan Caicedo's first-half brace before Sporting KC rallied and capitalised on their numerical advantage through Nemeth and Felipe Gutierrez – the pair netting two goals apiece.

Philadelphia Union lost ground on Eastern Conference leaders DC United after a 1-1 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps, FC Dallas played out a goalless stalemate with San Jose Earthquakes and lowly New York Red Bulls accounted for FC Cincinnati 1-0.

Houston Dynamo were too good for Columbus Crew 2-0, while Toronto lost 2-1 at home to Portland Timbers – who claimed back-to-back victories.

Frank de Boer's Atlanta United suffered another defeat as their stuttering MLS title defence continued, while Nani's late winner saw Orlando City past Vancouver Whitecaps.

Lowly Atlanta were upstaged by FC Dallas 2-1 on Saturday – leaving De Boer's side without a victory at home in the league this season.

Atlanta attempted 22 shots at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where Jesus Ferreira and Bryan Acosta silenced the hosts.

Josef Martinez converted a penalty deep into stoppage-time but it was merely a consolation for Atlanta, who have only won three games in all competitions since former Inter and Crystal Palace boss De Boer replaced Gerardo Martino.

Atlanta are second from bottom in the Eastern Conference with five points from six matches, while Dallas are fourth in the west.

Ex-Manchester United winger and Portuguese star Nani led Orlando to a 1-0 win against the visiting Whitecaps.

Nani deflected Sacha Kljestan's 88th-minute shot beyond Vancouver goalkeeper Zac MacMath for his fourth MLS goal since arriving from Sporting CP.

Former Atletico Madrid midfielder Nicolas Gaitan set up two goals in Chicago Fire's 4-1 rout of winless Colorado Rapids, who ended the match with 10 men.

After Colorado's Kei Kamara cancelled out Nemanja Nikolic's opener prior to half-time, the Fire scored three unanswered goals following the break via Charles Sapong, Djordje Mihailovic and Aleksandar Katai.

Rapids midfielder Jack Price was sent off with four minutes remaining in Chicago to compound Colorado's misery.

Elsewhere, New England edged New York Red Bulls 1-0, Portland Timbers ended their winless start to the season by defeating Columbus Crew 3-1, Philadelphia Union accounted for Montreal Impact 3-0 and San Jose Earthquakes crushed Sporting Kansas City 4-1.

Los Angeles FC defeated Cincinnati 2-0 on Saturday to remain top of the Western Conference in MLS, as DC United took advantage of a slip up from Columbus Crew.

Mark-Anthony Kaye headed home Carlos Vela's corner in the 32nd minute at Banc of California Stadium to put LAFC ahead against their fellow expansion franchise.

And Vela sealed all three points in second-half stoppage time, receiving a pass from Eduard Atuesta before advancing into the area and firing a low finish past Spencer Richey.

The result leaves LAFC three points clear of second-placed Seattle Sounders, who had Will Bruin's brace to thank for a 3-2 win over Toronto, Jozy Altidore netting a double in vain for the visitors to CenturyLink Field.

LA Galaxy are a point further back in third after winning their fourth match in succession as Zlatan Ibrahimovic's pair of first-half strikes earned a 2-0 victory at home to Philadelphia Union, who had Auston Trusty sent off for committing a second bookable offence with 14 minutes to go. 

In the Eastern Conference, DC United came from a goal down to win 3-2 away to Colorado Rapids and go top of the standings.

Columbus Crew dropped to second following a 1-0 loss at Montreal Impact, who are now just two points behind them in third place.

There were five goals inside the first 32 minutes of Minnesota United's match at home to New York City, who had Ismael Tajouri to thank for rescuing a point in a 3-3 draw and sparing the blushes of Sean Johnson, the goalkeeper having conceded a comical own goal to gift the hosts the advantage.

MLS Cup holders Atlanta United claimed their first league win under Frank de Boer thanks to Ezequiel Barco's double in a 2-0 victory at New England Revolution.

In other matches, there were 2-1 wins for Real Salt Lake, Dallas and Houston Dynamo against Orlando City, Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes respectively.

Carlos Vela inspired Los Angeles FC to a big MLS win, while Krisztian Nemeth also scored a hat-trick for Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

Leaders of the Western Conference, Los Angeles recorded a resounding 5-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Vela opened the scoring in the eighth minute when San Jose goalkeeper Daniel Vega missed his clearance from a Mark-Anthony Kaye pass, allowing the Mexican to tap in.

A beautiful pass from Eduard Atuesta set up Steven Beitashour for LA's second before Vela scored again on the stroke of half-time after a pass from Diego Rossi.

Vela completed his hat-trick in stunning fashion, curling a wonderful 25-yard effort into the top corner, before he also set up Rossi.

That proved not to be the biggest win of the day as Sporting hammered the Montreal Impact 7-1.

Johnny Russell scored a fine opener before Gerso Fernandes set up Nemeth in the 43rd minute.

Gerso also set up Felipe Gutierrez prior to the break, and it got ugly for Montreal in the second half.

Russell completed his brace before setting up Nemeth, who had a hat-trick after Gianluca Busio also got on the scoresheet.

Saphir Taider managed a late consolation goal for Montreal.

Elsewhere, Atlanta United's winless start to the season continued with a 2-0 loss to Eastern Conference leaders Columbus Crew.

Chicago Fire edged the New York Red Bulls 1-0 and the New England Revolution overcame Minnesota United 2-1.

Philadelphia Union recorded a 2-0 win over Cincinnati, Houston Dynamo cruised past the Colorado Rapids 4-1, Dallas beat Real Salt Lake 4-2 and the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders drew 0-0.

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