Schedules are a funny thing. Every Monday I have a calendar reminder set for Fantasy Focus, telling me it's due so it can go live Tuesday morning. Those reminders were set at the start of the season, with little regard, evidently, for the MLS schedule. So here I am on Monday writing about a two-game round that ended on Wednesday night. Blame the World Cup.
Los Lagartos FC is our leader this round, with 66 points. DCU's Fabian Espindola ($9.2) wore the armband and tallied 22 points with three assists in 45 minutes of play. Behind him, three players each scored 8 points -- Will Johnson (POR, $10.7), and Dallas teammates Blas Perez ($8.7) and Fabian Castillo ($7.2), each of whom scored a goal, while Perez had an assist cancelled out by an ejection. In It Toux Wynne It still leads overall.
Portland's Pa-Modou Kah ($8.2) scored a goal for 11 points and the lead among defenders. Far behind, in second, is Bobby Boswell (DCU, $9.1), who scored 4 points, while the trio of Hassoun Camara (MTL, $7.3), Michael Harrington (POR, $7.1), and Steve Birnbaum (DCU, $4.5) scored 3 points each. The two remaining United defenders, Christian Fernandez and Sean Franklin ($7.4 each) scored 1 point.
Luis Silva's (DCU, $7.1) first half hat trick was good for 19 points and the positional and overall lead. Fabian Castillo and Will Johnson's 8 points each tied for second. The rest of United's midfield was led by Nick DeLeon's ($6.9) 7 points, followed by Chris Rolfe ($7.4) and Perry Kitchen ($6.3) with 3 points, Lewis Neal ($5.3) and Davy Arnaud ($6.8) with 2, and Alex Caskey ($5.7) with 1.
Espindola's 11 points led all forwards, while Perez's 8 were good for second. Montreal teammates Jack McInerney ($8.3) and Andres Romero ($6.6) each scored goals and 7 points. DCU's Conor Doyle ($6.3) scored 1 point.
Unlimited transfers are back. We're in the middle of the World Cup break, as games don't kick off again until 6/25. Chicago is on bye, and both Vancouver and Montreal play twice. To that end, with Vancouver's matchups (v. MTL, @ COL) looking decent, especially the first one, David Ousted ($5.7, 54 points) looks good in goal, and Pedro Morales ($8.8, 84 points) should be in the midfield. The rest of their players are not big scorers overall, but midfielder Erik Hurtado ($6.2, 45 points) has scored in four straight games, tallying 35 points over that stretch. In defense, I like Erik Gehrig (CLB, $5.2, 18 points) as a value play at home against Dallas. At forward, Conor Casey (PHI, $7.1) 2 goals and 12 points in each of his last two games, and Philadelphia travels to New England.
Enjoy the World Cup, and we'll see you back here in a couple of weeks.