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Fantasy MLS Gameweek 10 Review and Gameweek 11 Preview

It was a rather quiet round by MLS standards. A week in which Atlanta United climbed to the top of the Eastern Conference and New York turned red after a great win by the Bulls in the Hudson River Derby. The most expensive MLS transfer, Barco registered his first goal. Sadly we also witnessed another LA Galaxy loss.

Gameweek 10 review

Despite having a few key players still missing, Toronto FC did everything right on the night to shut out Philadelphia Union. Although the possession was equal, the host team earned the victory with 16 shots, 8 of which were on target. The only goal in the first half came from Vazquez, followed by Giovinco and Chapman in the second. Score: 3-0.

Montreal Impact snapped a four game winless streak at home against New England Revolution. Jackson-Hamel opened the scoring for the hosts in the last seconds of the first half. He came back in the second to do it again, before Edwards and Piatti also netted. Four goals in 23 minutes were enough for the win, despite Zahibo’s brace for the visitors. Score: 4-2.

The Hudson River Derby turned red as New York Red Bulls demolished their old rivals New York City FC. It was a dream start for the host team when Kaku scored in the 2nd minute, swiftly followed by Valot just two minutes later. Bradley Wright-Phillips added another one before the break. In the 78th minute Etienne joined them on the scoreboard. Score: 4-0.

One goal was enough for Minnesota United to triumph over Vancouver Whitecaps. The home team played with 10 men for 40 minutes after Toye was sent off. Five minutes after that incident, Ibarra scored the winner. The Caps outshot the Loons by 19 compared to their 4, but Bobby Shuttleworth did a great job to deny the visitors. Score: 1-0.

Los Angeles FC had to settle for a point at home when they welcomed FC Dallas. The only goal in the first half was by Beitashour for the hosts. Ten minutes after the start of the second, Urruti scored the equaliser. Nguyen made his debut in the 73rd minute, but was unable to make any impact. Score: 1-1.

A goalless draw was the final result when Seattle Sounders welcomed Columbus Crew. The visitors played with 10 men for 75 minutes after Santos was red carded. The host team recorded 45 crosses and 16 shots, but none could pass the mighty Zack Steffen in goal. Score: 0-0.

Chicago Fire took a backwards step in their campaign with a home loss to Atlanta United. The first half saw many opportunities for both sides, but ended goalless. Shortly after the start of the second, the guests went on the score board when Barco netted his first MLS goal. Five minutes later Martinez doubled the result. The host team’s consolation goal came from Ellis, but that wasn’t enough to stop the Five Stripes going top of the Eastern Conference. Score: 1-2.

With an early goal scored by Fuenmayor in the second minute, Houston Dynamo paved their way to victory against LA Galaxy. G Dos Santos found the equaliser before half time, but Quioto reinstated the home lead at the start of the second half. Five minutes before the end Kamara levelled the score. It looked like the game would finish in a draw, but Memo Rodriguez netted the winning goal for the hosts. Score: 3-2.

As expected, Sporting Kansas City won at home, this time against Colorado Rapids. With 60% possession and 24 shots (7 of them on target) it’s perhaps surprising that the hosts only managed to find the net once, with Salloi scoring in the 16th minute. Score: 1-0.

The latest loss for San Jose Earthquakes happened at home while hosting Portland Timbers. The home team showed good possession and some creativity in the first half, but all that disappeared in the second. Just before the end, the lone goal was scored by Diego Valeri with a free kick from 25 yards. Score: 0-1.

Orlando City extended their winning streak to six consecutive games with a predictable home win against struggling on the road Real Salt Lake. The first half was looking promising for the guests, with a goal from Baird in the 12th minute. But the excitement finished there when the host team regrouped and Dwyer and Sane put the Lions in the lead. Yotun added one as well, to seal the comeback. Score: 3-1.

Gameweek 11 Preview

This is the first big Double Gameweek (DGW) this season with 9 teams playing twice: ATL / CHI / CLB / LAFC / MIN / MTL / PHI / SEA / TOR. This means a short turnaround this week, with the deadline on Wednesday. LAFC and Columbus Crew have two home games, while Seattle Sounders and Philadelphia Union will be on the road for both. Most of the preferable teams on a double will play simultaneously in the first games, which limits the possibilities for switcheroos. That means we might have to take a break from the new-found flexibility of the ‘roos and go back to the old school style of play.

ATL ( W 7 D 1 L 1 ) vs SKC ( W 6 D 2 L 2 )

This will be an exciting game between the two top teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences. Both will try hard to retain their positions, so goals from each end are to be expected. One of the most popular picks from the last round, Almiron, wasn’t very impressive, but out of habit he is likely to feature almost everywhere once again. The Five Stripes are excellent at home, but this needs to be weighed against the trip to Florida for their second game, which could be difficult. We know Sporting are not great on the road, so it’s doubtful there will be a rush for any of their players in this one.

TOR ( W 2 D 1 L 4 ) vs SEA ( W 1 D 2 L 4 )

Slowly but surely, the Reds are returning to MLS life. There are still a significant number of injured players at the back, but Michael Bradley seems to be doing a good job covering that. The first game (at home against SEA, who are yet to win on the road) shouldn’t be a problem, but the second game (away to the Revs), could be trickier. Nevertheless, Gio, Vazquez and Osorio will be eager to catch up on goals, so could perhaps be chanced.

The Sounders are in a similar predicament to TOR, but their recovery seems to be taking longer. They will be travelling twice this round and, with no wins so far away from CenturyLink Field, it will be a gamble to go with any of their players. Lodeiro’s mysterious absence last week makes matters even worse.

CLB ( W 4 D 3 L 3 ) vs PHI ( W 2 D 2 L 4 )

The Crew are staying at home for both their games this week. Their visitors look vulnerable at the moment, so expect a heavy presence of Higuain and Zardes in many fantasy teams. At least one from Afful, Abubakar or Valenzuela is recommended. Steffen will be one of the goalkeeper candidates this week, and with three shutouts so far he is worth the gamble.

Philly will have the difficult task to play away twice in this round. In their previous three travels they have been shutout in all, conceding eight goals in total. With so many better teams around, it would be strange to see anyone going with them this week.

CHI ( W 2 D 2 L 4 ) vs MTL ( W 3 D 0 L 6 )

Picking from these two teams will be a headache. The Fire are good at home, but kind of average away. The Canadians are awful on the road, but not that bad at home. Regardless of the stats, Piatti will be a staple in most teams following his hat trick against LAFC in Round 8 and his 22pt haul last week with a goal and a hat trick of assists. It looks like Remi Garde and Jackson-Hamel ($4.3M) have sorted out their differences, so he could be a great punt at that price if he starts in both games, especially if you need the cash for elsewhere. Nikolic is another one who could be involved in a goal or two.

LAFC ( W 5 D 1 L 2 ) vs MIN ( W 4 D 0 L 5 )

The Black and Gold have the privilege to play twice at home this week, just like the Crew. That said, there are some questions arising here. Since the hype around the opening of Banc of California, we haven’t seen the fireworks we expected. The first game finished with a laboured win in the last minute and in the second they only managed a boring 1-1 draw. The very desirable Vela blanked in both and Rossi had just a single assist in the second game. Of course, old habits die hard, so expect to see one or the other popping up in most teams. I would be very cautious selecting defence, as both sets of visitors have a tendency to score.

Let’s face it, Minny will always be Minny! You need a crystal ball to see what might happen next time. Traditionally, they are very likely to score a goal away and ruin the hosts’ clean sheet. Also, don’t be surprised if they go on a goal fest at home against the Quakes. You need to decide who is going to score next and consider whether you have any space for their players this week.

VAN ( W 4 D 1 L 5 ) vs HOU ( W 3 D 2 L 3 )

This game should be ignored if possible. Both teams are in a state of limbo. In different circumstances the Caps might have been trusted at home against the travel sick Dynamo, who are yet to win away from the BBVA Compass Stadium. Not this week though, with plenty of better options from the teams on a double.

MIN vs SJ ( W 1 D 2 L 5 )

Minnesota United covered above.

Not much can be said for the Quakes. Truly awful on the road. Move on!

MTL vs PHI

Both teams covered above.

DAL ( W 3 D 4 L 1 ) vs LA ( W 3 D 1 L 5 )

The Texans are still unbeaten at home so, if you aren’t too busy with players from the DGW, a defender could be a good punt. Even Lamah is in with a chance for this one.

The Galaxy continue to be in a state of futility. They need to get out of this horrible habit of conceding goals early in the game and then chasing for the rest of it. Let’s hope Zlatan stays for longer, as he likes teams that work together.

CLB vs CHI

Both teams covered above.

NE ( W 4 D 2 L 3 ) vs TOR

The Revs are good at home but, as stated earlier, with only one match this week there are many better options for this round. Plus, the visitors will be desperate to catch up after their slow start to the season, so this may not be an easy game for the hosts.

Toronto FC covered above.

RSL ( W 3 D1 L 5 ) vs DCU ( W 1 D 2 L 4 )

Three consecutive home wins for Real might tempt some managers to go for it, but again the risk would be too big when you have so much to choose from the rest.

The Capital men are back from another week of rest. Perhaps they needed it, as this will be the first of three games on the road. I doubt there will be many takers here, as the performance of the team has been woeful and there are many other options this week.

COL ( W 2 D 2 L 4 ) vs NYRB ( W 5 D 0 L 3 )

The Rapids are useless on the road, but when it comes to playing at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park they turn real stubborn. With two shutouts in four games, and only four goals conceded in total, they are a tough cookie for any visitor.

The Bulls will arrive for this one in high spirits after two consecutive wins (away to LA and a solid win in the Big Apple Derby last week). They will be looking to climb further up in the Eastern Conference, but it could be tricky as not many teams have a walk in the park up in the Rocky Mountains!

POR ( W 3 D 2 L 3 ) vs SEA

The Cascadia Cup is as unpredictable as the Hudson River Derby, so it could go either way. The Timbers have won their previous two home games and the Sounders are still looking for their first away win. If you have room for a SGW player, then Valeri is your man.

Seattle Sounders covered above.

ORL ( W 6 D 1 L 2 ) vs ATL

It will take some courage for anyone to stop the long unbeaten streak the Lions are currently having. Their players have been very reliable in recent weeks, but the visitors are also a form team, so this fixture is by no means a walkover for the hosts. Dom, Sacha and Yoshi could be worth a punt for those managers who trust single game week players and don’t get seduced by the DGW hype.

Atlanta United covered above.

LAFC ( W 5 D 1 L 2 ) vs NYCFC ( W 6 D 2 L 2 )

Los Angeles FC covered above.

The Blues were trounced last week and lost their top place in the Eastern Conference. They will be looking for revenge and trying to recover the pole position. A third consecutive loss on the road won’t look good on their CV, so expect a hard push here.

Captain Suggestions

1. Higuain or Zardes (CLB) Two home games against shaky teams on the road.

2. Vela or Rossi (LAFC) Time for them to get back in the scoring mode.

3. Giovinco (TOR) Lots of goals to catch up on, but he knows how it’s done.

Deadline

0.9.05.18 at 19:30 EDT – Thursday 10.05.18 at 00:30 BST

Best of luck to all Managers :thumbup:

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IvanTheTerrible

There was no fantasy football game I wasn't involved with . This time I am sticking with FPL with two teams plus My Rules. And of course my beloved MLS.

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