Who's Hot, Who's Not? Players Trending Up and Down for MLS Week 17

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Even though there will be several US Open Cup matches played this Wednesday, we are already looking forward to Week 17 of MLS that will be held between Friday and Monday next week. Here we present you six players that have either overachieved or underperformed in the past few weeks.

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6. Who's Hot: Lucas Ontivero (Montreal Impact)

Montreal Impact's Argentinian playmaker has looked impressive over the past four matches for the Canadian franchise, scoring two goals and delivering one assist as well. Ontivero has emerged as a key player for Montreal, and he's formed a great partnership with Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti.

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5. Who's Not: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)

Andre Blake had an impressive performance in the 2016 Copa America Centenario for the Jamaican National Team, but he hasn't been able to repeat those displays at the MLS level. Blake has conceded 23 goals in 16 matches this season, and he's conceded three goals in each of the last three games. Philadelphia remains at the top of the Eastern Conference, but Blake needs to perform better if the team wants to remain in that spot for the foreseeable future.

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4. Who's Hot: Roland Alberg (Philadelphia Union)

​The Dutch attacking midfielder has been the best player in the MLS over the past month, and it's not even close. Alberg has been absolutely on fire during June, scoring five goals and adding assists as well. He's becoming an important piece in Philadelphia's attack, and his goals have been key for the Union to remain at the top of the Eastern Conference.

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3. Who's Not: Kei Kamara (New England Revolution)

The Sierra Leone striker has yet to score a goal for New England Revolution, but his problems extend beyond the box score. Kamara looks quite uncomfortable playing for New England, and he hasn't been able to build a rapport with Lee Nguyen in the final third. He needs to start scoring to justify his value as a Designated Player.

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2. Who's Hot: Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)

​The Argentinian playmaker is the one expected to lead Portland as the Timbers attempt to make a comeback in the second half of the season. The former Lanus star showed he's up to the task, scoring two goals and adding an assist in Portland's 3-2 comeback win against the Houston Dynamo last week. He's been one of the most productive players in the league during June.

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1. Who's Not: Joao Plata (Real Salt Lake)

​Joao Plata didn't register a single goal or assist during the last month, and the Ecuadorian player doesn't look like the same winger he was earlier this year. Plata remains an important part of Real Salt Lake and he remains a regular starter on the attack next to Juan Manuel Martínez and Yura Movsisyan, but his level of effort and his decision-making over the last four games has been questionable, to say the least.

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