Of course you have to lead the Week 22 MLS Team of the Week with David Villa, right?
Hat trick. Golden Boot lead. And after Sunday's 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls, any MLS MVP conversation that doesn't have the New York City FC striker as a strong candidate for a second straight award isn't really worth having.
At the other end of the pitch, though, there's an equally strong case being made -- not for MVP honors, but for a No. 1 job somewhere.
John McCarthy's work in relief of Andre Blake -- first with Blake on CONCACAF Gold Cup duty with Jamaica, and since then with Blake sidelined by a hand injury sustained in the tournament final, has been more than solid for the ascendant Philadelphia Union. McCarthy makes the squad -- along with brace-scorer CJ Sapong and one-goal, three-assist man Ilsinho -- after Philadelpha's 3-1 takedown of Supporters' Shield holders FC Dallas.
On the Western Conference side, the Seattle Sounders also had multiple selections to this week's team, with Nicolas Lodeiro and Clint Dempsey -- the latter with a brace and an assist -- making the XI after Seattle's 4-0 dismantling of Minnesota United.