New York City pulled clear atop the Eastern Conference in MLS, while Josef Martinez extended his goalscoring streak on Saturday.

Keaton Parks and Alexandru Mitrita scored as New York City came from behind to claim a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Chris Wondolowski poked in a Valeri Qazaishvili cross to give the Earthquakes a surprise 20th-minute lead at Yankee Stadium.

However, City were ahead prior to the break, Parks equalising before Mitrita finished clinically after an Ismael Tajouri pass in the 43rd minute.

The result extended City's unbeaten run in MLS to seven games as they moved five points clear at the top of the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia Union are in second but lost ground after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Western Conference leaders Los Angeles FC.

Kacper Przybylko gave Union an early lead before this season's top goalscorer Carlos Vela levelled.

Atlanta United, third in the east, suffered a 3-1 loss to Columbus Crew despite Martinez continuing his incredible streak.

Martinez scored for the 14th consecutive MLS game to put Atlanta ahead, but second-half goals from Gyasi Zardes and Luis Diaz Espinoza and a Miles Robinson own goal saw Columbus to a surprise victory.

Chicago Fire boosted their play-off chances with a 4-0 thrashing of Dallas and Cincinnati stunned Montreal Impact 1-0 despite a late red card to Kendall Waston.

Nani scored a brace but Orlando City were held to a 3-3 draw by New England Revolution and the Vancouver Whitecaps beat Houston Dynamo 2-1.

Montreal Impact climbed into seventh in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps in MLS on Wednesday.

Maximiliano Urruti's 37th-minute goal proved to be the match-winner at Stade Saputo in Quebec, boosting Montreal's play-off chances.

Vancouver, bottom of the Western Conference, had taken the lead through Yordy Reyna in the 17th minute.

Reyna had a chance to double the Whitecaps' lead eight minutes later, but he saw his penalty pushed away by Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush.

Instead, a Doneil Henry own goal brought Wilmer Cabrera's Montreal level in the 35th minute before Urruti's goal.

Urruti took down a cross at the back post before firing past Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau from inside the area.

Montreal are seventh in the Eastern Conference but level on points with eight-placed Toronto, who have played two fewer games.

Philadelphia Union moved level on points with Eastern Conference leaders and reigning MLS champions Atlanta United thanks to a 3-1 win over slumping DC United.

Kacper Przybylko starred as the Union heaped further misery on visiting DC, who suffered their third consecutive defeat on Saturday.

Przybylko opened the scoring in the fifth minute and assisted two other goals for Brenden Aaronson and Ilsinho in the first half at Talen Energy Stadium.

Luciano Acosta pulled a goal back 11 minutes into the second half as DC – who were playing in the absence of suspended captain Wayne Rooney – were left with just three wins in their last 17 MLS games.

Philadelphia and Atlanta are level on 48 points in the race for top spot in the Eastern Conference, though the latter are ahead on total wins. DC, meanwhile, are fifth and nine points off the pace.

Elsewhere, Former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic scored in Montreal Impact's 2-1 loss to Toronto.

Krkic – who arrived after leaving Stoke City – broke the deadlock with a 25-yard stunner four minutes into the second half.

However, hosts Toronto emerged victorious thanks to Marco Delgado and Justin Morrow at BMO Field.

In other results, New York City defeated rivals New York Red Bulls 2-1, San Jose Earthquakes came from behind to beat Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1, Real Salt Lake scored two last-gasp goals to trump 10-man Colorado Rapids 2-0 and Chicago Fire lost 2-1 to New England Revolution.

Carlos Vela broke the record for most combined goals and assists in a single MLS season as Los Angeles FC secured a play-off spot, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace for LA Galaxy.

Vela took his tally to 39 overall thanks to 24 goals and 15 assists following LAFC's 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday.

The Mexican star – who still has nine regular-season matches remaining – eclipsed the previous record of 38 set by Sebastian Giovinco in 2015 with 22 goals and 16 assists.

Vela converted a 64th-minute penalty to make history and give league leaders LAFC the lead, while Adama Diomande sealed victory with eight minutes remaining.

"It's a good thing," former Real Sociedad forward Vela said about holding the record. "Always."

LAFC are the first team to book a spot in the post-season as they sit 16 points clear atop the Western Conference, while they are 13 points ahead of Philadelphia Union in the race for the Supporters' Shield.

Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia lost 2-0 away to lowly Chicago Fire.

Ibrahimovic was at the double as the 10-man Galaxy played out an entertaining 2-2 draw against Seattle Sounders on Saturday.

The Galaxy had defender Daniel Steres sent off in the sixth minute, but the home side still managed to salvage a point thanks to Ibrahimovic's two goals, which were sandwiched in between Raul Ruidiaz's opener and a Jorgen Skjelvik own goal with eight minutes remaining.

Ibrahimovic's Galaxy are third in the west and a point behind Minnesota United, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Orlando City.

Elsewhere, Dallas overturned a three-goal deficit to draw 3-3 at Montreal Impact, New York City routed lowly FC Cincinnati 4-1, DC United lost 1-0 to Vancouver Whitecaps and New York Red Bulls drew 1-1 with New England Revolution.

A quick-fire Mauro Manotas brace earned Houston Dynamo a 2-2 draw against Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City edged San Jose Earthquakes 2-1, while Toronto drew 2-2 with Columbus Crew thanks to Jozy Altidore 90th-minute equaliser.

Bastian Schweinsteiger helped Chicago Fire to an important win in MLS, while Dallas won an eight-goal thriller on Saturday.

Schweinsteiger opened his account for the MLS season at the perfect time, scoring an 88th-minute winner to see Chicago edge Montreal Impact 3-2.

The former Germany and Bayern Munich star had set up Dax McCarty for the opener before Nemanja Nikolic doubled the hosts' lead.

However, Montreal fought back thanks to a Saphir Taider penalty and goal from former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna.

But Schweinsteiger was the hero, heading in a Djordje Mihailovic corner for the late winner.

Former Barcelona attacker Bojan Krkic made his debut off the bench for Montreal, who are seventh in the Eastern Conference, while Chicago are 10th.

In Texas, Dallas recorded a 5-3 victory over Minnesota United thanks to Brandon Servania's heroics off the bench.

It was 3-3 when Servania was introduced in the 75th minute and he struck a dramatic late brace.

Servania tapped in a Michael Barrios cross before sealing Dallas' win thanks to a Paxton Pomykal assist, with Mason Toye sent off late for Minnesota.

Dallas are seventh in the Western Conference, while Minnesota sit third.

Elsewhere, Harry Shipp scored a brace as the Seattle Sounders were held to a 3-3 draw by New England Revolution and Toronto drew 1-1 at home to Orlando City.

Corey Baird's double saw Real Salt Lake come from behind to beat a 10-man Sporting Kansas City 2-1 and the Colorado Rapids edged the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1.

Columbus Crew played out a 2-2 draw with Cincinnati and the Portland Timbers recorded a 3-1 win over Vancouver despite a tremendous volley from Theo Bair for the Whitecaps.

Josef Martinez equalled his own record for most consecutive MLS games with a goal as defending champions Atlanta United beat LA Galaxy 3-0.

Martinez converted a 72nd-minute penalty as the reigning MLS MVP scored in his ninth successive league match on Saturday.

The Atlanta star has scored 13 goals in the nine-game period, with Martinez's season tally at 18 – four behind MLS leader Carlos Vela.

Frank de Boer's Atlanta were too good for the Galaxy, who were without suspended talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in front of 72,548 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

A pair of own goals put Atlanta 2-0 ahead at half-time – David Romney and Giancarlo Gonzalez both turning the ball into their own net.

Playing in front of a record regular-season crowd, Atlanta put the game beyond doubt when Martinez scored a penalty with 18 minutes remaining after VAR judged that Gonzalez fouled Emerson Hyndman.

Atlanta are top of the Eastern Conference – level on points with Philadelphia Union, while the Galaxy are third and 15 points adrift of Western Conference leaders and rivals Los Angeles FC.

Supporters' Shield leaders LAFC snapped New England Revolution's 11-game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Diego Rossi and Latif Blessing.

Kei Kamara scored a hat-trick as Colorado Rapids overcame Montreal Impact 6-3 in a wild match.

Kamara opened the scoring, albeit at the other end via an 18th-minute own goal, but the Rapids star bounced back with another three where it mattered most.

His three-goal haul helped the Rapids – who led 4-1 at half-time – set a new team record with six goals in a regular-season match.

Elsewhere, New York Red Bulls defeated Toronto 2-0, Orlando City topped Dallas by the same scoreline, Vancouver Whitecaps edged FC Cincinnati 2-1, Houston Dynamo lost 1-0 to Chicago Fire, Real Salt Lake were too good for New York City 3-1 and San Jose Earthquakes drew 1-1 with Columbus Crew.

Lassi Lappalainen impressed on debut as Montreal Impact thrashed Philadelphia Union in MLS on Saturday, while LA Galaxy were well beaten.

Braces from Lappalainen and Orji Okwonkwo saw Montreal crush Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia 4-0 in Quebec.

Zachary Brault-Guillard's beautiful pass set up Lappalainen for the opener after just four minutes, before a powerful finish from Okwonkwo doubled Montreal's lead.

Lappalainen, the 20-year-old who only arrived on loan at Remi Garde's Impact from Bologna earlier this month, made it 3-0 just 15 seconds into the second half.

Okwonkwo sealed Montreal's win as they ended a four-game losing streak in MLS to climb into sixth in the Eastern Conference.

In Portland, the Galaxy went down to the Timbers as Cristhian Paredes scored a brace in a 4-0 win.

Paredes' header put Portland ahead before Diego Valeri's brilliant individual effort made it 2-0.

The Timbers had to wait until late on to seal their win, Paredes and Jeremy Ebobisse on the scoresheet either side of Efrain Alvarez's red card for the Galaxy, while Dairon Asprilla and Diego Polenta were also sent off.

Galaxy dropped to third in the Western Conference after the Seattle Sounders' 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo.

Jozy Altidore scored in Toronto's 2-1 victory at home to Cincinnati, Columbus Crew edged the New York Red Bulls 3-2 and New England Revolution beat Orlando City 4-1.

The San Jose Earthquakes claimed a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids and there were three goalless draws as Chicago Fire held DC United, Dallas and Real Salt Lake were unable to be separated and Minnesota United's clash against the Vancouver Whitecaps also finished scoreless.

Philadelphia Union returned to winning ways to maintain their lead atop the Eastern Conference, while San Jose Earthquakes triumphed again in MLS.

The Union bounced back from their worst loss of the season – a 4-0 rout at the hands of Real Salt Lake last week – to beat Chicago Fire 2-0 on Saturday.

Philadelphia had only won one of five MLS fixtures heading into the match, but the Union consolidated top spot in the east with DC United due to play on Sunday, thanks to Marco Fabian and Anthony Fontana.

Fabian's thunderous first-time strike from outside the area put the Union ahead in the 11th minute and his second-half replacement Fontana sealed the win with 25 minutes remaining.

San Jose extended their winning streak to three matches by overcoming lowly Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1.

The Earthquakes conceded first to the Western Conference's bottom side – Vancouver – in the seventh minute but goals from Valeri Qazaishvili, Chris Wondolowski and Magnus Eriksson saw San Jose to victory.

Elsewhere, New York City defeated 10-man Colorado Rapids 2-1, Houston Dynamo were too good for Toronto 3-1, Montreal Impact lost 2-1 against Columbus Crew, Dallas beat Sporting Kansas City 2-0 and RSL salvaged a 1-1 draw with Minnesota United.

Josef Martinez continued his prolific form in a resounding win for Atlanta United, while Jozy Altidore scored a stunning goal for Toronto.

Martinez netted a brace as defending champions Atlanta crushed Houston Dynamo 5-0 in MLS on Wednesday.

Darlington Nagbe got the scoring started for the hosts at Mercedes-Benz Stadium before Brandon Vazquez's close-range header.

Martinez's header from a Julian Gressel cross extended Atlanta's lead on the hour-mark before the Venezuelan finished brilliantly again 19 minutes later.

The striker has scored six goals in four games since returning from the Copa America, while Gressel sealed Atlanta's win.

Frank de Boer's men moved into second in the Eastern Conference, sitting three points behind leaders Philadelphia Union.

At BMO Field, Altidore's fine goal led Toronto to a 3-1 win over New York Red Bulls.

Altidore produced a brilliant flick from a Tsubasa Endoh cross to give the hosts the lead before Alejandro Pozuelo's penalty.

Tom Barlow pulled a goal back for the Red Bulls in the 63rd minute, but Ashtone Morgan's strike helped lift Toronto into sixth in the east.

Elsewhere, New England Revolution hammered Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0 and Columbus Crew twice came from behind to salvage a last-gasp 2-2 draw with Chicago Fire.

Real Salt Lake showed no mercy as they shocked high-flying Philadelphia Union 4-0 in MLS, while Jozy Altidore's stunner inspired Toronto.

Jefferson Savarino guided RSL with a brace and an assist to upstage visiting Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia on Saturday.

Savarino latched onto an Aaron Herrera ball to open the scoring in the 23rd minute and the Venezuela international doubled the lead with 19 minutes remaining at Rio Tinto Stadium.

After Savarino rifled home a second, Albert Rusnak and Damir Kreilach completed the rout inside the final nine minutes of regulation.

The result left Philadelphia with just one win from five games and four points clear of DC United in the east, while RSL are sixth in the Western Conference.

Altidore's memorable 95th-minute free-kick saw Toronto past Canadian rivals Montreal Impact 2-0 away from home.

United States international Altidore curled a set-piece beyond Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush in Montreal following Alejandro Pozuelo's 61st-minute opener.

Columbus Crew fell to their fifth consecutive defeat and eighth straight game without a win after losing 1-0 to Orlando City, while lowly FC Cincinnati made it back-to-back victories by upstaging Chicago Fire 2-1.

Elsewhere, Mason Toye converted a stoppage-time penalty to lift Minnesota United to a 1-0 win after Reto Ziegler missed a 98th-minute spot-kick for Dallas, Sporting Kansas City accounted for Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 and Portland Timbers drew 2-2 with Colorado Rapids.

MLS pacesetters Los Angeles FC showed no mercy in their 6-1 rout of Vancouver Whitecaps, while Nicolas Lodeiro returned from Copa America duty to inspire Seattle Sounders to a last-gasp victory.

LAFC maintained their commanding lead in the race for the Supporters' Shield with a demolition of the Whitecaps at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday.

Beaten by the Whitecaps in April – one of only two MLS defeats this season – LAFC exacted revenge after conceding first in Los Angeles.

After Yordy Reyna gave the visiting Whitecaps a surprise fifth-minute lead, Andy Rose's own goal 10 minutes prior to half-time restored parity for LAFC.

And it was one-way traffic from that point as Adama Diomande put LAFC ahead in the 41st-minute before Carlos Vela's double and goals from Mark Kaye and Diego Rossi.

LAFC are nine points clear of rivals LA Galaxy in the Western Conference and eight points ahead of Philadelphia Union in the Supporters' Shield race.

Uruguay international Lodeiro scored a 96th-minute winner as the Sounders upstaged lowly Columbus Crew 2-1.

Trailing after Pedro Santos' 13th-minute penalty, Lodeiro – back from international duty at the Copa America – equalised courtesy of his own spot kick approaching the hour mark.

And Lodeiro broke Columbus hearts when he popped up at the back post to nod home in the dying moments, extending the Crew's winless run to four games.

Elsewhere, FC Cincinnati snapped a six-match losing streak by edging Houston Dynamo 3-2, Minnesota United stunned Montreal Impact by the same scoreline, Sporting Kansas City were 1-0 winners over Chicago Fire and Danny Hoesen's late winner saw San Jose Earthquakes past Real Salt Lake 1-0.

LA Galaxy were well beaten in the California Clasico in MLS on Saturday, while Minnesota United thrashed Cincinnati 7-1.

Looking to capitalise on Los Angeles FC's shock loss to the Colorado Rapids, Galaxy went down to the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 at Stanford Stadium.

Valeri Qazaishvili's 20-yard strike gave San Jose an 11th-minute lead and they sealed their win late on.

Shea Salinas doubled the lead with eight minutes remaining and Tommy Thompson's individual effort secured three points.

The result left Galaxy six points adrift of Western Conference leaders LAFC, while the Earthquakes jumped to fifth.

At Allianz Field, Minnesota United crushed Cincinnati 7-1.

The hosts struck four times in the first half through Ike Opara, Hassani Dotson, Ethan Finlay and Angelo Rodriguez.

They added three more goals in the final 20 minutes, including Opara completing his brace, in a thrashing of the Eastern Conference's bottom team.

Elsewhere, Justin Meram's brace lifted Atlanta United to a 2-1 win over Montreal Impact.

DC United closed the gap to Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union despite needing a 92nd-minute penalty from Wayne Rooney to draw 1-1 at home to Toronto.

DC are within a point of Philadelphia, who suffered a 4-2 loss to New York City at Yankee Stadium.

Nani set up both goals in Orlando City's 2-0 win over Columbus Crew, Sam Johnson netted a brace in Real Salt Lake's 2-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City and New England Revolution edged Houston Dynamo 2-1.

Kelvin Leerdam's 96th-minute goal saw the Seattle Sounders overcome the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0.

Toronto upset Atlanta United in an MLS thriller on Wednesday, while Wayne Rooney's incredible goal was enough for DC United.

Alejandro Pozuelo's 94th-minute penalty lifted Toronto to a 3-2 victory over Atlanta at BMO Field in Ontario.

Toronto had opened the scoring inside 30 seconds through Tsubasa Endoh, but they found themselves behind midway through the first half.

Julian Gressel's finish from an angle followed Pity Martinez's 17th-minute spot-kick to put Atlanta ahead.

The wild first half continued when Pozuelo brought Toronto level, heading in a Jacob Shaffelburg cross from the left.

And Greg Vanney's Toronto ended an eight-match winless run in dramatic fashion.

Pozuelo put away a penalty in the 94th minute but there was more to come, a spot-kick awarded to Atlanta following a VAR review after the final whistle.

However, Martinez blazed the penalty over the crossbar, Toronto's win lifting them into seventh in the Eastern Conference.

Atlanta are fourth, but they lost ground to the three teams above them in Philadelphia Union, Montreal Impact and DC United.

Rooney's moment of brilliance was enough for DC as the forward scored from well inside his own half in a 1-0 win over Orlando City.

Philadelphia hold a two-point lead at the top but played out a 1-1 draw with New England Revolution, while Montreal edged the Portland Timbers 2-1.

Dallas were pegged back late to draw 2-2 at home to the Vancouver Whitecaps and the San Jose Earthquakes recorded a 2-0 win over Houston Dynamo.

LA Galaxy returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over lowly FC Cincinnati, while Portland Timbers star Brian Fernandez equalled an MLS record.

The Galaxy lost 2-1 to New England Revolution prior to the international break, which also saw Guillermo Barros Schelotto's side beaten by Timbers 4-0 in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday.

However, the Galaxy bounced back in Cincinnati, where quick-fire goals from Emmanuel Boateng and Fabio Alvarez ensured victory on Saturday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was kept quiet by bottom side Cincinnati but Boateng and Alvarez scored in the 12th and 15th minute respectively to see the second-placed Galaxy within six points of Western Conference and Supporters' Shield leaders Los Angeles FC.

Fernandez scored in his fourth successive game to start his MLS career, tying the record, as the Timbers routed visiting Houston Dynamo 4-0.

The 24-year-old forward – who arrived from Mexican side Necaxa for the 2019 season – equalled the feat set by Charlie Davies (2011), Alex Pineda Chacon (2001) and Carlos Ruiz (2002) with his goal in the 63rd minute.

Meanwhile, Dallas eased past Toronto 3-0 in a match which saw 16-year-old forward Pepi debut after signing his MLS contract on Friday.

Pepi started in both U.S. Open Cup fixtures over the last fortnight and just six months after becoming North Texas' first-ever player as a 15-year-old, he came off the bench for Dallas against Toronto.

Elsewhere, Vancouver Whitecaps overcame a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 against Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire played out a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake.

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.

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