Only five games to consider in Week 15 and only five teams represented in this 4-4-2...
GK Bobby Shuttleworth (New England Revolution): Credited with more saves than visiting 'keeper Jon Busch, which illustrates how easily a routine 2-0 home win might have turned out differently for the Revolution. But Shuttleworth held steady when he came under pressure and delivered the team's first clean sheet since April 25 and first win since May 2.
RB Jason Hernandez (New York City FC): For the purposes of having a back four this week, we'll pretend Hernandez is a right back. The NYCFC center back led his team's successful effort to control Montreal with six interceptions and seven clearances.
CB Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy): Only one team managed to get something on the road this week - LA tied Columbus. The Crew is slumping at the moment, but still dominated possession. Gonzalez was key in ensuring the home team didn't capitalize as it should have done, contributing 10 clearances and four interceptions.
CB Aurelien Collin (Orlando City SC): OCSC beat D.C. United at the third time of asking this season (both prior meetings this year were wins for DC) and the back four can take a pat on the back for helping keep a clean sheet and restricting DCU to just two shots on target. Collin gets the stand-out tag for a characteristically disruptive performance that included nine interceptions.
LB Leo Gonzalez (Seattle Sounders): This column routinely overstates the importance of the highlight reel, and it isn't about to stop now. Gonzalez doesn't score a lot of goals...
First goal for Leo Gonzalez since June 5, 2010. Sounders win 3-0 but that’s all anyone will talk about...— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) June 14, 2015
...but he scored one this week: the third in Seattle's 3-0 win over Dallas. . First goal in five years after being subbed into the game in the 89th minute: sure, have a Team of the Week selection for that, Leo; congratulations on a remarkably efficient use of limited time.
RM Lamar Neagle (Seattle Sounders): Listed as a forward for this game, but his versatility remains his greatest strength. Neagle opened the scoring for the Sounders against FC Dallas and set Gonzalez up to cap the 3-0 win.
CM Kwadwo Poku (New York City FC): One goal up with 15 minutes to play and NYCFC needed to be sure to close out the game against Montreal Impact and grab another much-needed win. Enter Poku, whose aggressive pressing and smart pass set up Mix Diskerud for his team's second. And when Montreal grabbed a late goal and got back within reach of equalizing, he combined with David Villa and found the net for the first time in his MLS career. NYCFC won 3-1, and the latter two goals owed a great deal to Poku.
CM Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy): First MLS start, first MLS goal, first OaM MLS TotW selection.
LM Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution): Hammered a shot past Jon Busch to put New England on the road to its first win since May 2 and himself in the frame for Goal of the Week.
FWD Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders): In about 30 minutes off the bench, Martins scored from an angle that surely surprised everyone except himself, threw himself around with an abandon that suggested the mask he's wearing is more about protecting him from his own enthusiasm than any opponent, and contributed to the build-up for Seattle's third and final goal.
FWD David Villa (New York City FC): He might have had a hat-trick on another day. Consistently found good positions and got as many shots on target (three) as his opponents managed combined. Villa opened the scoringagainst Montreal, and set up Poku to round things off. Exactly the sort of active and effective attacking performance NYCFC is hoping to see on the regular from the biggest name in its squad (at least until the summer transfer window opens).
COACH Jason Kreis (New York City FC): One assumes NYCFC didn't expect Kreis to win MLS Cup in his first year at the helm of an expansion club, but he must still have been feeling some pressure for his team's stumbling start to its inaugural season. This week's win over Chicago Fire will help to quiet any criticism and raises the hope that there will still be something to play for when Frank Lampard and the rest of NYCFC's feverishly anticipated summer signings finally arrive.