D: Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders) – Marshall did not set a foot wrong vs. the Timbers (although he did get away with a handball in the first half). He was a rock at the back for much of the 90 minutes as the Sounders cruised past the Timbers 4-2.
M: Perry Kitchen (D.C. United) – Did very well to take advantage of the sleeping KC defense to grab D.C.’s third counterattack goal and helped disrupt the hosts defensively all night.
M: Justin Meram (Columbus Crew) – With a goal and an assist for the second week in a row and a third goal in three games, Meram is one of the hottest players in the league right now, as he led Columbus to a 3-0 victory over Houston.
F: Fabián Espíndola (D.C. United) – Continues to keep his name in the MVP conversation by setting the tone early and starting the onslaught with a good individual effort.
F: Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders) – The Nigerian forward terrorized the Timbers from start to finish. He scored two goals and had an assist, and his second tally came after some incredibly impressive and nifty dribbling moves in tight spaces.
Coach: Ben Olsen (D.C. United) – D.C. have now beaten the MLS Cup champions twice this season, and Olsen has them firing on all cylinders at the right time.
Bench: Steve Clark (Columbus Crew), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Scott Caldwell (New England Revolution), Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas), Andrew Wenger (Philadelphia Union), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)