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Columbus midfielders ftw

With a score of 174 points, Vandelay Industries led the league. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.1) posted two assists and 28 points to lead the team. Meanwhile, Justin Meram (CLB, $10.2) added a goal to his two assists for 20 points, and Joe Bendik (ORL, $5.1) earned two clean sheets and 18 points. Overall the top seven teams didn’t change this round, and !BL4CKnRED extended the overall lead to 82 points.

Positional Leaders

Goalkeepers

Joe Bendik’s 18 points led the position. Trailing him were Zack Steffen (CLB, $4.7), who had a clean sheet and 14 points, and DCU’s Bill Hamid ($5.7), who did the same for 13 points.

Defenders

Jonathan Spector’s (ORL, $5.8) two clean sheets and 18 points led the defenders, and Kendall Waston (VAN, $6.0) was close behind with 17 points on the strength of two goals. Five players tied for third place with 16 points — Leonardo (HOU, $5.2) and Alexander Callens (NYC, $4.9) each scored a goal; and Benjamin Angoua (NE, $5.8), Jimmy Medranda (SKC, $5.7), and Ike Opara (SKC, $6.0) each tallied a goal and a clean sheet. The D.C. defense featured Kofi Opare ($4.4) with 13 points, followed by the pair of Taylor Kemp ($5.6) and Chris Korb ($4.6) with 9 points, Jalen Robinson ($4.6) with 8, Steve Birnbaum ($5.8) with 3, and Chris Odoi-Atsem ($4.4) with 1.

Midfielders

Federico Higuain (CLB, $10.4) tallied two goals and an assist on the way to 23 points, leading the midfielders and all players. His teammate Justin Meram’s 20 points put him second among midfielders and all players. Lee Nguyen (NE, $10.5) completed the top three with two assists and 18 points. Jared Jeffrey ($5.2) led the United midfield with 7 points; followed by Luciano Acosta ($8.4) with 6; the trio of Ian Harkes ($5.7), Patrick Nyarko ($7.9), and Lloyd Sam ($8.2) with 5; Lamar Neagle ($7.4) with 4; Julian Buescher ($5.4) and Marcelo Sarvas ($6.8) with 3; and Sebastien Le Toux ($6.2) with 2.

Forwards

Three players tied for the positional lead with 14 points — Erick Torres (HOU, $8.7) and Joao Plata (RSL, $9.0), who contributed a goal and an assist, and David Villa. For D.C., Jose Ortiz ($6.7) scored 2 points, and Alhaji Kamara ($6.5) scored 1.

Looking Ahead

Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City, Montreal, Portland, and Dallas all play on Saturday. Everyone else is on bye. I know; I don’t understand it either. In goal, Tim Melia (SKC, $5.6) looks good at home against Montreal, while Alvas Powell (POR, $4.8) is a good option in defense. Miguel Almiron (ATL, $9.6) should be in your midfield at Chicago, and Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $10.2) should be one of your forwards.