Scores this round were a little down from the last. While eight teams eclipsed the 100-point mark last time out, this time just one, Highlands FC, hit the mark, with kudos for doing it with 11 starters that actually played.
4-4-2 Loko’s overall lead remains just seven points.
Philadelphia’s Andre Blake ($7.0) led the position on a clean sheet and 10 points, and Maxime Crepeau (VAN, $7.0) did the same to come in just behind with 9 points. Joe Willis (Hou, $7.0) rounded out the top three with a clean sheet of his own and 8 points. DCU’s Chris Seitz ($4.5) did not keep a clean sheet and scored 2 points.
A pair of Philly clean-sheet defenders led the position, as Jakob Glesnes ($6.3) added a goal for 14 points, and Kai Wagner ($7.0) added an assist for 13 points. Meanwhile, Walker Zimmerman’s (NSH, $7.7) clean sheet and assist were worth 12 points. United’s scoring defenders were Frederic Brillant ($4.9) with 3 points, and Andy Najar ($4.1) with 2.
Vancouver’s Cristian Dajome ($7.8) scored twice on the way to 15 points, leading the midfielders and all players. He was trailed by the pair of Lucas Zelarayan (CLB, $9.1), who scored a goal and 12 points, and Caden Clark (NYR, $6.2), whose 12 points came on a goal and an assist. D.C.’s midfield was led by Edison Flores ($7.2) with 6 points, ahead of Junior Moreno ($5.9) with 5, Moses Nyeman ($4.3) with 4, the pair of Julian Gressel ($8.1) and Yamil Asad ($6.5) with 3, and Felipe Martins ($4.1) with 1.
Johnny Russell (SKC, $7.6) led the forwards with an assist and 13 points, followed by Chris Wondolowski (SJ, $6.0), who scored two goals in 18 minutes of play for 11 points. Coming in third was Raul Ruidiaz (SEA, $11.4), who scored a goal and 10 points. For DCU, Ola Kamara ($8.1) scored 6 points, followed by Adrien Perez ($4.0) with 4, and Kimarni Smith ($4.0) with 2.
Two-game weeks are back! Philadelphia, Vancouver, Seattle, Miami, New England, San Jose, Toronto, Houston, D.C., Montreal, Minnesota, Kansas City, and Columbus all play twice. We don’t even have a team with a bye. Of course the minimization of the two-game advantage remains for silly reasons, so the benefits are not as great as in the past, but I think there are some good matchups out there for two-game teams. In goal I like Eloy Room (CLB, $7.2) with road games against Toronto and New England, and in defense I like Cristian Gutierrez (VAN, $6.5) on the road against Minnesota and Kansas City. Lewis Morgan (MIA, $9.1) looks good in the midfield vs. Montreal and especially at Cincinnati, and I’m sticking with Valentin Castellanos (NY, $9.7) at forward vs. Toronto, who will be playing their second game of the week.