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Fantasy Focus: Vela-va Week

San Jose was shook

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With a score of 124 points, West Knox United set the pace this round.

Make Amarikwa Great Again’s overall lead is now down to five points.

Positional Leaders

Goalkeepers

A sextet of goalkeepers tied for the positional lead with a clean sheet and 9 points: Zack Steffen (CLB, $7.7), Stefan Frei (SEA, $7.5), Tyler Miller (LA, $6.0), Maxime Crepeau (VAN, $5.0), Alex Bono (TOR, $6.0), and David Ousted (CHI, $5.1). D.C.’s Bill Hamid ($7.9) scored 4 points.

Defenders

LA’s Steven Beitashour ($6.2) put up a clean sheet, goal, and an assist on the way to 16 points, leading the position, while Toronto’s Auro ($6.3) posted a clean sheet and an assist for 13 points. The duo of Erik Godoy (VAN, $7.2), with a clean sheet, and Jalil Anibaba (NE, $5.3), with a goal, tied for third with 11 points. United’s Steven Birnbaum ($8.0) joined the third-place tie with a goal and 11 points, while the remaining United defenders were Frederic Brillant ($7.5) and Leonardo Jara ($8.0) with 5 points each, Chris McCann ($5.1) with 4, and the pair of Jalen Robinson ($4.3) and Joseph Mora ($6.7 - get well soon!) with 1.

Midfielders

Toronto’s debutant, Alejandro Pozuelo ($10.5) announced his presence with authority, scoring 20 points on an assist and two goals. Not far behind was Johnny Russell (SKC, $9.8) whose two goals and an assist got him 17 points, and Paxton Pomykal (DAL, $7.7), who scored two goals and 15 points. DCU’s Russell Canouse ($7.6) scored 5 points, followed by Junior Moreno ($8.0) and Lucas Rodriguez ($9.5) with 4, Luciano Acosta ($11.0) with 3, Paul Arriola ($9.2) with 2, and Ulises Segura ($5.6) with 1.

Forwards

Carlos Vela (LA, $12.8) scored a hat trick and added an assist for 22 points, leading all forwards and all players. Meanwhile, Krisztian Nemeth (SKC, $7.2) scored his own hat trick and 18 points, and some guy named Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LAG, $11.7) scored two goals and 16 points. Wayne Rooney ($11.5) was the only scoring United forward, with 11 points.

Looking Ahead

Houston and Atlanta are on a bye, and everyone else plays once. I like Zack Steffen in goal at home against New England, and Kelvin Leerdam (SEA, $7.0) in defense against at home against Red card Salt Lake. All aboard the Alejandro Pozuelo hype train! Use him in midfield at home against Chicago, and (gulp) stick with Carlos Vela at forward on the road against DCU.