By just one point, Leister City FC squeaked out the lead this round, scoring 141 points. Giovani dos Santos (LA, $12.1) was responsible for more than half of that, scoring an armband-aided 74 points on the strength of four goals and three assists over two games. Trailing him by a wide margin were Joao Plata (RSL, $9.7), with 19 points on two goals and an assist, and Sebastian Lletget, who scored 12 points with an assist. !BL4CKnRED-2014Champ is still the overall leader, but now just by 19 points.
Tim Howard (COL, $6.5) and Joe Bendik (ORL, $5.1) tied for the goalkeeping lead with 10 points, with Howard earning a clean sheet and Bendik saving a penalty. Jake Gleeson (POR, $4.7) earned a clean sheet and 7 points. D.C.’s Bill Hamid ($6.2) scored 3 points.
Orlando’s Brek Shea ($7.4) scored two goals over two games for 14 points, setting the pace for the defenders. Jelle van Damme (LA, $8.8) contributed two assists and 10 points while playing in one of LA’s two games. Three players tied for third with 9 points -- Portland teammates Alvas Powell ($7.4) and Vytautas Andriuskevicius ($7.0), each of whom earned a clean sheet, and DCU’s Steve Birnbaum ($8.1), who scored a goal. The rest of the DCU midfield featured Bobby Boswell ($8.1) with 3 points, Sean Franklin ($8.0) with 2, and both Taylor Kemp ($7.9) and Luke Mishu ($4.4) with 1.
A trio of Orlando players led all midfielders, with Carlos Rivas ($9.4), Kaka ($11.8), and Matias Perez Garcia ($7.9) scoring 18, 15, and 14 points respectively. Rivas added a goal to two assists, Kaka scored two goals, and Perez Garcia had two assists. D.C. was led by Lamar Neagle ($8.1) with 6 points, Marcelo Sarvas ($7.3) with 5, Patrick Nyarko ($7.6) with 3, and Nick DeLeon ($6.3) with 2.
Giovani dos Santos’s 37 points lapped the field, leading all players and nearly doubling the score of Joao Plata, the next closest forward. Three players scored 13 points — Emmanuel Boateng (LA, $7.0), who paired a goal with an assist; Juan Agudelo (NE, $8.3), who did the same; and Juan Manuel Martinez (RSL, $8.8), who scored a goal. For United, only Patrick Mullins ($6.5) scored 2 points.
Everyone plays once this week, and games start on Friday. I like Nick Rimando (RSL, $6.4) is the man in goal at home against Houston, and try on Brek Shea in defense at home against Columbus. Go with Frank Lampard (NYC, $11.0) in midfield at home against Dallas, and Jozy Altidore (TOR, $9.5) is really hot right now, so play him at home against the Red Bulls.