MLS Week 25 Best XI: Rusnák’s historic brace leads the way

Onefootball Blaise Bourgeois

MLS provided a number of huge upsets this weekend as the post-season race started to heat up.

With less than 10 weeks left in the regular season and tight conference battles, each game is extremely important.

Here’s who we liked in week 25.

Goalkeeper

Tyler Miller (LAFC)

Miller made five saves to help LAFC earn a much-needed 2-0 victory over Colorado Rapids. It was LAFC’s second-straight win after going winless in their last five matches.

Defenders

Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact)

Lovitz scored the match-winning goal in the 90th minute t0 lift the Impact to a very important 2-1 win over Chicago Fire, as Montreal kept hold of the sixth and final post-season berth in the East.

This was his first career goal after five MLS seasons.

Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Waston scored a brace in Vancouver’s unlikely 2-2 draw against New York Red Bulls.

Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders)

Marshall scored in his second straight match and helped keep a clean sheet in Seattle’s 5-0 romp of Los Angeles Galaxy.

Jack Elliot (Philadelphia Union)

Over the course of the match, Elliott collected six recoveries, a tackle, and a blocked shot. He also contributed five clearances in the second half alone en route to a clean sheet victory over NYCFC.

Midfielders

Albert Rusnák (Real Salt Lake)

The RSL midfielder became the first player in Major League Soccer history to score both a stoppage-time tying goal and a stoppage-time winning goal in the same match in their 2-1 win over Houston Dynamo.

Nicolás Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders)

Lodeiro made our list for the second week in a row after he contributed two assists to Seattle’s 5-0 win over the Galaxy.

Luciano Acosta (DC United)

Acosta led DC to a pair of victories this past week, as he had an assist against Portland and added a goal in their win over New England.

Daniel Royer (New York Red Bulls)

Royer is now up to 10 goals on the season after his brace in a 2-2 draw with Vancouver.

Forwards

Diego Rubio (Sporting Kansas City)

The Chilean produced two excellent finishes in the 28th and 37th minutes as he created a pair of scoring chances and completed 87 per cent of his passes as Sporting KC cruised to a third straight clean sheet win.

Christian Ramirez (LAFC)

Ramirez scored a brace in his first home start, as he led LAFC to a pair of victories this week over RSL and Colorado.