Every team this week scored under 90 points this round, save just one — South Carolina SC, which scored 100 points to lead. David Villa (NYC, $12.5) wore the armband, assisted one goal, scored two more, and put up 36 points to lead the way by a good margin. Behind him, Ola Kamara (CLB, $9.1) scored two goals and 15 points, and Taylor Kemp (DCU, $8.1) tallied three assists and 13 points. Meanwhile, !BL4CKnRED-2014Champ’s overall lead shrank to 36 points.
Luis Robles (NYR, $6.5) earned a clean sheet and scored 9 points to lead the position. Robles was just ahead of Steve Clark (CLB, $5.8) and Nick Rimando (RSL, $6.5) each posted clean sheets of their own for 8 points. D.C.’s Bill Hamid ($6.2) scored 3 points.
Taylor Kemp’s 13 points led all defenders. Chris Duvall (NYR, $6.4) posted a clean sheet and added an assist for 12 points and second place. Three players tied with 10 points — Walker Zimmerman (DAL, $7.0), Jefferson Mena (NYC, $7.3), and Kevin Ellis (SKC, $6.8) — with Zimmerman earning a clean sheet, and both Mena and Ellis scoring a goal. The remainder of the United defense featured Steve Birnbaum ($8.0) with 4 points, Bobby Boswell ($8.2) with 2, and Luke Mishu ($4.3) with 1.
A trio of midfielders scored 10 points — Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $11.8), Erik Hurtado (VAN, $6.5), and Daniel Royer (NYR, $8.7) — with Royer scoring a goal, Hurtado tallying a goal and an assist, and Feilhaber posting two assists. Seven United midfielders scored, led by Patrick Nyarko’s ($7.6) 9 points, followed by Lloyd Sam ($9.6) with 8, Julian Büscher with 6, Lamar Neagle ($8.1) with 4, Nick DeLeon ($6.3) with 3, Rob Vincent ($5.7) with 2, and Marcelo Sarvas ($7.3) with 1.
David Villa’s 18 points tied for the positional and overall lead with Mauro Manotas (HOU, $6.1) who put up a hat trick. Ola Kamara rounded out the top three with his 15 points. For DCU, Patrick Mullins ($6.6) scored 12 points, and Luciano Acosta ($8.7) scored 2.
This is a complicated stretch of games. Eight teams play twice — Chicago, Columbus, DCU, Montreal, Orlando, San Jose, Seattle, and Toronto. Everyone else plays once. Next round, only six teams play. We get unlimited transfers after next round. Thankfully, four teams that play twice this round play once next round -- Chicago, Columbus, Seattle, and San Jose. If you’re inclined to stock up on two-gamers this round, Stefan Frei (SEA, $6.1) should be your man in goal, with games vs. Chicago and @ Vancouver, and Drew Moor (TOR, $7.9) is your defender with games vs. Orlando and DCU. In midfield, Nicolas Lodeiro (SEA, $12.3) is hard to turn down, and Ola Kamara is back on form at forward, @ DCU and vs. Chicago.