The Swede has almost scored and won everything possible since his arrival to MLS, and fittingly he deserved to be placed in the top XI. The Swede announced his arrival with a ‘Zlatan’ like goal, and then scored an outrageous goal, which many thought should have been nominated for the Puskas. Zlatan has scored 22 times in 2018 and assisted 10 more to become the 3rd player only in MLS history to register a 30-goals direct and indirect tally.
A striker in its truest sense, Martinez has been a blessing to Atalanta United, and he has netted 31 times this season, a record in itself. Martinez has assisted six times, and has netted 6 hat-tricks, a stunning statistic from the 25-year old. He can cap his fine season off with a Conference Cup final win over New York Red Bulls in the coming week.
The English legend’s Maldini-Pirlo combination broke the Internet, and he was a rejuvenated player since his arrival to DC United. His freekicks are again terrorising the opposition, and his ability to drop deep and spray passes are unmatchable. However, his penalty miss in the Conference Cup playoff may be the only blemish in his short and successful career in America.
Luciano Acosta of DC United was another pillar for them after Wayne Rooney, and the Argentine has been excellent in behind the strikers scoring 10 times, but heavily assisting them 17 times. Acosta has been one of the stars from Boca Juniors, and has been in sensational form for DC United. Known as “The Jewel” Acosta could well make his debut for his national side soon.
A Paraguayan International already at the age of 24, Almiron has been extremely consistent in MLS for quite some time now. Named as the Newcomer of the Year in 2017 for his 9 goals and 14 assists, Almiron played extremely well this season with 12 goals and the same number of assists. He has been prolific in his partnership with Josef Martinez, and the duo can lead them to a Conference Cup win.
Playing for Montreal Impact, Piatti has been a revelation since 2016 and has made to the MLS Best XI selection three times on a trot. Piatti’s calming influence over the ball and his expertise around the midfield makes him an indispensable asset. The lanky number 10 has the grace and composure to fit into any team effortlessly.
The Mexican is a sight to behold when in full flow, and his sweet left foot has often been put next to Lionel Messi’s during his stint in La Liga. LAFC registered the highest point by an expansion club after Vela’s arrival and has scored 14 times and registered 13 assists.
New York Red Bulls is one of the best teams defensively, and that is largely due to the presence of Kemar Lawrence. The Jamaican is an ever-solid presence for the Red Bulls and his ability to play on the left side of defence has helped him play as a centre-back, left-back, and also a wing-back. Kemar is also a pacey defender who can cut out opposition players with ease as well.
Aaron Long has been quite a presence and with Lawrence he has been ever so solid defensively. Long was adjudged MLS defender of the 2018 season, and rightly so. A product of Red Bulls’ USL, the 26-year old will look to lift the Conference Cup alongside Aaron Long.
Seattle Sounders FC’s Chad Marshall has been ruling the roster in MLS, and his ever calming presence paired with his sustained confidence makes him an ever reliable option. The second-stingiest team in the Western Conference, Chad’s experience in the top-league has helped Seattle to tighten their defence.
Columbus Crew FC’s Zack Steffen has been a wall for them this season, and the 23-year old has shown great maturity since his draft into the senior side. His record from April to July of 2018 has the eight-longest shutout streak, translated to 525 minutes of game time without a goal.