No team in the top five reached 65 points this week, but jargony el naan scored 92 to lead the round. Patrick Mullins (DCU, $6.6) scored a hat trick and 18 points to lead the team. Paling in comparison was captain Bradley Wright-Phillips (NYR, $11.7), who scored a goal and 16 points, while Diego Valeri (POR, $11.3) posted two assists and 10 points. !BL4CKnRED-2014Champ is still the overall leader.
A quartet of goalkeepers were tied atop the leader board with 8 points — Evan Bush (MTL, $5.3), Brian Rowe (LA, $5.2), Andre Blake (PHI, $5.0), and David Ousted (VAN, $6.4). For DCU, Bill Hamid ($6.2) earned 2 points.
Columbus teammates Nicolai Naess ($7.8) and Harrison Afful ($7.5) led the defenders with 11 and 10 points respectively. Both tallied a clean sheet, and Naess added an assist. Ambroise Oyongo (MTL, $6.5) had 9 points with a clean sheet. The United defense featured Sean Franklin ($8.1) with 8 points, Steve Birnbaum ($7.9) with 6, Taylor Kemp ($7.9) with 3, and Bobby Boswell ($8.1) with 1.
Justin Meram (CLB, $8.8) and Kaka (ORL, $11.6) tied for the lead among midfielders with 16 points, with Kaka scoring a brace and Meram pairing a goal with an assist. D.C.’s Patrick Nyarko ($7.5) scored 15 points with a goal and two assists. The remaining D.C. midfielders were Marcelo Sarvas ($7.3) and Lloyd Sam ($9.4) who both scored 8 points, Nick DeLeon ($6.3) who scored 6, and Rob Vincent ($5.9) who scored 3.
Two DCU forwards led the position, with Patrick Mullins’s 18 points only eclipsed by Luciano Acosta ($8.8) who added a goal to three assists for 20 points, leading all players. Yura Movsisyan (RSL, $9.2) scored two goals and 13 points. Kennedy Igboananike ($7.8) scored 1 point off the bench for United.
The MLS schedule is dumb again. Eight teams are on bye this round — Houston, Montreal, Orlando, RSL, San Jose, Seattle, Kansas City, and Toronto — with everyone else playing once. Games start on Thursday night. In goal, get Brian Rowe back in at home against Columbus, and Axel Sjoberg (COL, $6.1) in defense at New England. In midfield, use Mauro Diaz (DAL, $11.4) at home against Portland, and use forward David Villa ($12.3) at home against DCU.