A score of 116 points set the pace this week, with Stan the Fan doing the honors:
The team wasn’t laden with high scorers, but it helps to have the highest overall scorer. MILLERtime When WYNNE’n’s overall lead is up to 45 points.
Brad Knighton (NE, $5.0) posted a clean sheet on the way to 11 points, leading all goalkeepers. Behind him and tied for second were Steve Clark (POR, $5.8) and Tim Melia (SKC, $9.0), who both had clean sheets of their own and 9 points. DCU’s Bill Hamid ($8.0) scored 6 points.
New England’s Michael Mancienne ($6.4) came up with a clean sheet on the way to 13 points, leading all defenders. Trailing him were Steve Birnbaum (DCU, $7.3), who scored a goal on the way to 12 points, and Zarek Valentin (POR, $7.3), whose clean sheet spurred him to 10 points. The remaining D.C. defense featured Jalen Robinson ($4.7) with 4 points, Joseph Mora ($6.1) with 3, and Kofi Opare ($5.4) with 2.
Sebastian Blanco (POR, $8.5) had two assists on the way to a midfield-leading 14 points, while his teammate, Diego Valeri ($12.0) scored a goal and 10 points, which was good enough for third at the position. Between them was Maxi Moralez (NYC, $10.8), who scored 12 points. The United midfield was led by Russell Canouse ($7.3) with 6 points, followed by the pair of Chris Durkin ($5.1) and Ulises Segura ($4.3) with 4 each, Ian Harkes ($5.2) with 3, Luciano Acosta ($11.0) with 2, and Jared Jeffrey ($4.2) with 1.
David Villa (NYC, $9.5) scored one goal over two matches on the way to 15 points, leading all forwards and all players. His competition was not stiff, as Jeremy Ebobisse (POR, $5.0) and Brian Wright (NE, $4.0) both scored a goal and 7 points, and Wayne Rooney ($11.6) was the only D.C. forward to score, with 6 points.
DCU plays twice, and NYCFC is on bye. I like Tyler Miller (LA, $7.5) in goal at home against New England, and Andreu Fontas (SKC, $6.5) in defense at San Jose. Get Miguel Almiron (ATL, $11.0) back in the midfield at Colorado, and Carlos Vela (LA, $10.6) at forward is a good candidate for captain.