The first big double gameweek is in the books. It was a mixed bag of results and performances, with some big names failing to meet expectations in the fantasy football world. On the dark side, we saw the return of the red cards curse (five of them). On the bright side, Wondolowski scored his 132nd goal – setting a new MLS record for the most goals scored with a single team in league history – and we also witnessed Rimando’s record-breaking 200th win in MLS.
Gameweek 11 Review
The eight game unbeaten streak for Atlanta United was cut short by Sporting Kansas City. Martinez scored for the host team in the 6th minute, but the goal was disallowed by VAR. The bad luck continued when Guzan received a red card in the 34th minute. The guests took advantage of the situation and goals from Salloi and Gerso followed. Atlanta battled until the last minute but, with eight saves, Melia was too good. Score: 0-2 .
Columbus Crew extended their unbeaten run to four with a shutout over Philadelphia Union. They only needed one goal, which was produced by Zardes in the 53rd minute. The visitors couldn’t find the net and Steffen finished with another clean sheet. Score: 1-0.
— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) May 10, 2018
Another team to experience a home defeat was Toronto FC when they hosted an almost B team from Seattle Sounders. The visitors opened the scoring with Bruin, but Osorio levelled it before half time. Bwana then netted the winner for the Sounders with his first MLS goal. Score: 1-2.
In a game that looked to be heading for a goalless draw, Chicago Fire grabbed the three points with a last minute goal against Montreal Impact. Both sides had equal match statistics until that goal from Ellis in the 89th minute made the difference. Score: 1-0 .
Los Angeles FC comfortably won their home game against Minnesota United. The two goals were scored in the first half and both came from first timers (Atuesta and Kaye). It was a remarkable performance from Miller between the sticks, registering his fourth shutout for the season. Score: 2-0.
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With a goal in the last seconds of the game, Vancouver Whitecaps earned a point at home against Houston Dynamo. The visitors went on board in the 35th minute when Martinez scored, but Aja equalised with his first MLS goal. Dynamo once again took the lead in the 90th minute, but just before the end Waston levelled it again. Score: 2-2.
Minnesota United endured another loss, this time against San Jose Earthquakes. The visitors were quick to make an impact, with Eriksson scoring from the penalty spot in the 2nd minute. The Loons managed to equalise before half time through Ramirez, but the Quakes came on strong in the second half with goals from Hoesen and Wondolowski. Score: 1-3.
For the second time in a week Montreal Impact lost, this time at home to Philadelphia Union. Burke was the only scorer in the first half, before receiving a red card in the second. The hosts failed to capitalise on this and were soon reduced to 10 men themselves after Lovitz was sent off. Medunjanin scored two minutes before the end of the game. Score: 0-2.
FC Dallas became the latest team to beat LA Galaxy. The home team dominated the first half, with goals from Urruti and Lamah. The guests responded with a goal from Kamara shortly after the start of the second half. Minutes later, Lamah found the net for a second time. It was a notable performance by Diaz, who assisted all three goals for the Texans. Boating scored later in the game for the visitors, but it wasn’t enough. Score: 3-2.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 12, 2018
It was another win (and another shutout) when Columbus Crew trounced Chicago Fire. The home team was just too good at all aspects of the game. Higuain took the lead with a penalty kick, before Zardes scored a brace to take his tally to 8 goals for the season so far. Score: 3-0.
New England Revolution added to the misery of Toronto FC by beating them at home. Penilla scored shortly after the start, and went on to complete his brace three minutes later. In the first minute of the second half Bunbury added another one. Unfortunately Delamea found the wrong net, giving a glimmer of hope to the visitors. Giovinco scored from a penalty kick in the last minute and was then red carded for violent conduct against Zahibo. Score: 3-2.
New England's high press absolutely confounds Toronto and Penilla makes it 2-0. pic.twitter.com/EPIRhKmrxx
— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) May 12, 2018
Colorado Rapids failed to win again, beaten this time by the travelling New York Red Bulls. An early goal from Royer put the visitors in the lead in the 5th minute. Etienne doubled the score in the 76th minute. A consolation goal from McBean wasn’t enough for the win. Score: 1-2.
It was a much needed win for Real Salt Lake against D.C. United. The guests went on the scoring board first with a goal from Arriola, but Baird produced the equaliser. After Mora was sent off, Real took full advantage of their depleted opponents, with Rusnak and Savarino both finding the net. A late goal from Birnbaum wasn’t enough to leave Rio Tinto stadium with any points. Score: 3-2.
In the 100th match between Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders there was just one goal. Both sides had many chances throughout the game but all failed to materialise. When it looked to be heading for a goalless draw, Blanco scored the winner for the host team. Score: 1-0.
The six-game winning streak for Orlando City was cut short by Atlanta United. The visitors were the dominant side in the first half, resulting in goals from Martinez and Barco. The Lions’ consolation goal came from Meram. Score: 1-2.
In the final match of the round, Los Angeles FC welcomed New York City FC with both teams sharing the points. Villa missed a penalty in the 13th minute, but he was first on the rebound and the Blues went on the scoring board. The score was levelled by an own goal from Ibeagha. Vela extended the home lead but Tajouri found the equaliser. Score: 2-2.
Vela gives LAFC a 2-1 lead. pic.twitter.com/Qgee0HIS8i
— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) May 14, 2018
Gameweek 12 Preview
We have another double gameweek (DGW), although it’s much smaller. This week San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps play twice, while Seattle Sounders will be on bye.
VAN ( W 4 D 2 L 5 ) vs SJ ( W 2 D 2 L 5 )
This is the game with the two teams on a double. It will be a hard task for managers to make a selection, but DGW players are often treated as “must haves”. With this also being the first game of the round, expect many DGW players to be used as part of a switcheroo.
Despite a reasonable start to the season, things have not been going well for the Canadians since then. They’ve dropped to 5th position in the West and there are a few teams not far behind them with games in hand. Scoring is low, averaging 1 goal per game, while conceding is the second highest after their compatriots Montreal. Considering the visitors, the Caps can be trusted in this game but the trip to Texas is coming with a big question mark. Dallas don’t allow many goals at home and with the Texans’ scoring rate the chances for a win are very small. Waston would be one of the picks, but with four yellow cards he is a risk. Kei Kamara is back from injury, but hasn’t shown anything spectacular so far. Then you have Techera, who spent the last game on the bench after returning from suspension. The decision will be really hard.
After a 7-game winless streak, the Quakes surprised us all by winning away in the last round (only their second win of the season). This recent upturn in form makes it even more difficult for us with the DGW decisions. Can they be risked or not? Thankfully they are playing first, so the likes of Hoesen, Eriksson, Vako or Jungwirth can be started on the bench and see how it goes. Some might even opt for veteran Wondolowski.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 12, 2018
TOR ( W 2 D 1 L 6 ) vs ORL ( W 6 D 1 L 3 )
The glimpse of revival didn’t last long for the Reds as they lost both games last week. On top of that, Giovinco earned himself a red card for unnecessary silly behaviour. Without him, and still with quite a few ongoing absences due to injury, it will be difficult for fantasy managers to make decisions on this one.
One loss in seven games won’t stress the Lions that much. If anything, they will come out looking for revenge against the depleted Canadians. Their away record is two wins out of three, with not many goals scored or conceded. Dom and Sacha can be trusted here.
NYCFC ( W 6 D 3 L 2 ) vs COL ( W 2 D 2 L 5 )
The Blues are on a slow recovery after the big loss in the Hudson River Derby. A draw away in California was a respectable result and this game should see them bouncing back, challenging to regain the top of the table. Villa and Moralez are strongly recommended for this match, plus a defender. Johnson looks good for a keeperoo.
In keeping with their name, the Rapids are heading downhill fast after four consecutive losses. They share the bottom of the Eastern Conference with Toronto. Their away record is abysmal and I can’t see a chance for them in this one, against a team yet to lose at home.
Villa's initial effort is saved but he's first to the rebound. 1-0 NYCFC pic.twitter.com/YCcRyHubOw
— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) May 14, 2018
POR ( W 4 D 2 L 3 ) vs LAFC ( W 6 D 2 L 2 )
It wasn’t the biggest win of all for the Timbers last week, but it was still their fourth in a row. Three out of three home wins so far looks promising. This time they will be hosting a team that’s on a high and will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak to seven. There is no point looking at defence here, as most likely it will be a high scoring match. Expect to see Valeri and Vela popping up in many teams.
DAL ( W 4 D 4 L 1 ) vs VAN
The Texans arguably have the best defence in the league, with only 9 goals conceded in the 9 games played. They are exceptionally good at home and, judging by the visitors’ away record, there is a high possibility of a shutout. Back in the starting lineup, Diaz made an immediate impact last week with three assists. Lamah and Urruti should be popular picks and we might see the return of defender Nedyalkov in many teams. Consider Maurer for a keeperoo.
Vancouver Whitecaps covered above.
PHI ( W 3 D 2 L 5 ) vs RSL ( W 4 D 1 L 5 )
After surprising many with their first win on the road last week, Philly will be confident to host one of the worst travelling teams, who are still yet to win away from Rio Tinto. That said, the host team are not in the habit of scoring many goals even at home. It will be a low scoring game, with an unpredictable result, so is probably best to avoid with better options around.
NE ( W 5 D 2 L 3 ) vs CLB ( W 6 D 3 L 3 )
This will be another game with an unpredictable outcome. The Revs still hold one of the best home records around, with only one loss in six and just six goals conceded. The visitors, on the other hand, can’t be proud of their away form, with one win out of five and just two goals scored. However, the Crew might be encouraged to fight for a win here, following their two home victories last week and their rise to second place in the Eastern Conference. Penilla was impressive for the Revs with a brace last week, while Bunbury, who has not been mentioned much, is already on 5 goals. As for the visitors, the usual suspects are Higuain and Zardes, with the latter currently on good form as joint top scorer in the league with eight goals.
Bunbury makes it 3-0 New England! pic.twitter.com/tu50k9E84t
— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) May 13, 2018
SJ vs DCU ( W 1 D 2 L 5 )
The Quakes have been covered above. This will be their better game out of the two, as we all know how tragic the Capital boys are on the road!
MIN ( W 4 D 0 L 7 ) vs SKC ( W 7 D 2 L 2 )
The Loons continue to be the Jekyll and Hyde team in the league. As always, you have to guess which one will turn up next time. One thing is for sure, they will somehow find a goal to once again spoil their opponent’s clean sheet!
Sporting still remain at the top of the Western Conference. They will arrive to this one full of confidence after an away shutout over the top team in the East last round. Salloi has now scored in two consecutive games and Russell continues to do well. And of course, Zusi is fast becoming a permanent feature in many teams (a defender who is more expensive than a prolific striker like Giovinco could only happen in MLS!).
CHI ( W 3 D 2 L 5 ) vs HOU ( W 3 D 3 L 3 )
The Fire are desperately inconsistent this season, and 11 points from 10 games summarises their situation. This time last year we would have been excited about a home fixture, in the expectation of a strong performance, but that kind of talk is now confined to the history books. With the continually leaky defence it’s hard to predict the final result here and it won’t be a surprise if the guests prevail.
The Orange keep blowing hot and cold. One thing we know, they like to score goals regardless of winning or losing. They are still yet to win on the road, but three of their four previous trips have finished in a draw, with them scoring twice in each. Avoid the defence, but Manotas can be trusted in attack (unless you want to take a punt with Elis or Quioto).
ATL ( W 8 D 1 L 2 ) vs NYRB ( W 6 D 0 L 3 )
The Five Stripes are still sitting comfortably at the top in the East, despite the mixed bag of results from last week (losing at home and winning away). Once again we saw the rotation of different performances from Martinez and Almiron, which makes it hard to choose which one, if any, for this game. This will not be a walk in the park for the host team, as the Bulls will arrive on a high after winning their last three games (two of which were on the road). Go with your gut when picking players for this game.
Royer makes it 1-0 RBNY. BWP with the assist pic.twitter.com/fSUayM6TYd
— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) May 13, 2018
MTL ( W 3 D 0 L 8 ) vs LAG ( W 3 D 1 L 6 )
The Canadians disappointed badly last week, with the two losses. One of the most selected players, Piatti, was invisible. Whether they will bounce back in this one is a mystery. Their performance at home is very sketchy, with two wins and two losses. Perhaps the diehard fans of Piatti will give him another chance. Taking into consideration that the guests are equally bad at the moment, this game is bound to be wide open and anything could happen. It remains to be seen if it will be Ignacio or Zlatan (or someone else) who shines this week.
1. Villa (NYCFC) A great home fixture, where he is good, against a poor travelling team.
2. Martinez (ATL) He will try to extend his goal tally and become the sole leader in the Golden Boot race.
3. Piatti (MTL) After two dismal games he will have a chance to redeem himself against Zlatan’s shady gang.
Wednesday 16.05.18 at 10.30 PM EDT – Thursday 17.05.18 at 3.30 AM BST
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