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Fantasy MLS Gameweek 24 Review and Gameweek 25 Preview

It was an exciting round with 30 goals and 4 clean sheets. A round in which we witnessed two braces from Piatti and the long unbeaten home streak for Chicago snapped. With the right captain, many managers scored well above the 100 points mark. The Dream Team was totally dominated by Montreal Impact with 5 players.

Gameweek 24 Review

Montreal Impact hardly gave any chance to their guests Chicago Fire. Piatti was quick to get his name on the scoreboard in the 6th minute. In the 37th Mancosu made it two from a penalty kick. Just a minute later Nacho came back to register his third brace for the season. With that score the host moved closer to a playoff spot 3-0.

Portland Timbers welcomed a tired New York Red Bulls team after a short turnaround. Some of the key players were rested. After a goalless first half Valeri scored in the 66th minute his 14th goal of the season. Ten minutes before the end the Timbers were left with 10 men as Mabiala was sent off. In the last seconds of added time Mattocks found the net assisted by Valeri 2-0.

Montreal Impact had another win, this time against Real Salt Lake. Piatti repeated his wonderful performance from the first game and scored another brace in the 11th and 29th minutes. Jackson-Hamel provided the third one. The lone goal for the visitors came from Silva and ended Bush’s long shutout streak 3-1.

Orlando City chances remain slim for the playoffs as they managed only a draw at home against Columbus Crew. The only goal in the first half was scored by Abubakar. In the second Barnes produced the equaliser to settle the score at 1-1.

Chicago Fire lost at home to Toronto FC, that was the end of 11 game home unbeaten streak. The visitors took the lead with goal by Delgado. Accam equalised in the second half but Hasler scored his first goal for the season. Giovinco made it three 1-3.

Sporting Kansas City remained unbeaten at home as they won against FC Dallas. Rubio scored late in the first half and the same did Gerso in the last seconds of injury time. The hero of the game was Melia who registered his 10th shutout 2-0.

Colorado Rapids lost at home to D.C. United who snapped their eight games winless streak. It all happened thanks to the own goal from Jared Watts 0-1.

Vancouver Whitecaps took the three points at home against Houston Dynamo. The host looked the more dominant side from the start. Montero scored the first goal followed by Reyna. Quioto produced the consolation goal for the guests 2-1.

San Jose Earthquakes shared the points with Philadelphia Union. It all started well for the host when Vako scored in the 3rd minute. Later Elliott equalised for the visitors. In the second half Alberg made it two for Philly but Wondo levelled the game to 2-2.

New York City FC extended their lead with a home win over New England Revolution. The first half didn’t see any goals but the host made a credible penalty demand from Moralez which was dismissed by the ref. Bunbury gave the lead to the guests in the 57 minute but Villa equalised 20 minutes later. Once again Lewis came to the rescue in injury time to secure the home win 2-1.

The round finished when Seattle Sounders welcomed Minnesota United. The visitors took the lead in the 21st minute with a goal from Finley but that was cancelled ten minutes later by Marshall. The winning goal came from a penalty kick executed by Dempsey in the last seconds of the game to put the Sounders top of the table 2-1.

Gameweek 25 Preview

We are back to another massive double gameweek with 14 teams playing twice: Colorado, Columbus, DCU, Dallas, Portland, Philadelphia, LA, Houston, RSL, San Jose, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Atlanta. Another short turnaround with deadline on WEDNESDAY.

CLB ( W 11 D 3 L 12 ) vs LA (H) and DAL (H)

The Crew are doing well at the moment and with this two games at Mapfre Stadium they have a chance to catch the Bulls above them in the table and make sure there will be place in the playoffs for them. The home record is good with only one loss in the last five games. Meram has been very inconsistent lately and Ola Kamara makes no difference. This is one of the three teams playing twice at home and the fixtures looking easy on paper, LA and DAL have not been great on the road lately, Steffen and some defence like Mensah and Raitala could be useful.

DCU (W 6 D 4 L 15 ) vs ATL (H) and (H) NE (W 8 D 5 L 11 )

This is another team with two home fixtures but in general the Black and Red are not good. After many unsuccessful attempts they won a game thanks to an own goal from the opponent. They have the least goals scored at home, just 8. Last week was the first clean sheet for Hamid since round 14. While ATL is not shy to score on the road the Capital men have some small chance against NE with horrible road record .

The Revs simply are walking tragic on the road with not a single win. In fact they haven’t won in the last 14 away games.

DAL (W 9 D 8 L 6 ) vs HOU (H) and CLB (A)

Dallas will start their campaign in the Texan Derby. What used to be one of the most consistent teams it can’t be said in the resent weeks. The first game should be an easy one against travel sick HOU but the second will be hard as CLB are good at home. The trouble is the very popular in the past Diaz looks out of the picture. Urruti and Lamah have been unrecognisable in the last five rounds. Difficult to decide here.

TOR (W 14 D 8 L 3 ) vs PHI (H) and (A) MTL (W 10 D 6 L 8 )

After hosting Philly the Reds will take part in the Canadian Derby visiting their old rivals Montreal. The Reds now are on another level to the other league teams. The first game should be almost a guaranteed win looking at the visitors. The second one could turn to be more problematic as the Falcons are on a rise in the last few weeks. No doubt many managers will include players from this team and the choice is plentiful. The question is do you spend a huge amount for Gio who scores once in a blue moon?

We can clearly see that the Impact are on a mission. Four consecutive wins with 11 goals scored in them is not a bad thing for any team’s CV. They have won 7 of the last 8 home games and this could be just the next one. Nacho with his fourth brace and 6 goals in the last 4 has been tremendous. Dzemaili only managed an assist in each of the last two but is still a great one to have. With so many teams on double and plenty of other options it will be hard to decide if you are to keep one.

RSL (W 8 D 5 L 13 ) vs SJ (H) and COL (H)

The Claret and Cobalt are the third team to be hosting twice this week. They have been alright lately but if they start turning these draws into wins will be better. Their chance to do that is this week. Both visitors are horrible on the road with the Californians scored just seven goals and Colorado three, conceding 26 and 15 respectively Real should take advantage if they want to get above the red line in the West. Plata and Rusnak could be very popular once again in this campaign.

VAN (W 10 D 4 L 9 ) vs SEA (H) and (A) ORL (W 8 D 7 L 10 )

The Caps have picked up in the last few weeks. They will have a mixed bag of games ahead. Starting with SEA at home which is another improved team will see few goals and most likely end with a draw. Then is a trip to Orlando, a team which last won at home almost three months ago. Montero has been the most consistent so far and he looked good in combo with the other new signing for the season Reyna.

The Lions are without a win in the last six games and they need to do something urgently if playoffs are in their plans. I doubt there will be many picks this week.

POR (W 10 D 7 L 9 ) vs COL (H) and SEA (A)

The Timbers have become the Jekyll and Hyde of the league. You have to guess which team will turn up and who is going to score next. The first game will be a success but they will find it difficult away to SEA. You don’t need a crystal ball to guess that Valeri will be in many teams, with four goals in each of the last four, why not?

PHI (W 8 D 6 L 11 ) vs TOR (A) and ATL (H)

Philly have been blowing hot and cold lately with big wins and big losses. I can’t see a clean sheet in neither of the two games. More likely a lost in the first and some boring low scoring draw in the second. Medunjanin and Sapong stand out to be the two players for consideration if you don’t have any other ideas.

SJ (W 9 D 6 L 10 ) vs RSL (A) and LA (A)

The Quakes won’t have to travel far on the road for their two games. The first will be to Salt Lake and back for the California Clasico in LA. That said their last win away was on first of May. They might have a glimpse of hope in the second when visit the worst home team but no guarantee there.

ATL (W 10 D 5 L 7 ) vs DCU (A) and PHI (A)

After two weeks of rest the Five Stripes will return fresh and ready for a revenge wanting to go back above the red line. The first game looks promising while in the second they might stumble. Whatever happens they will score in both. So, maybe is time to remind ourselves about Almiron and Villalba.

LA (W 6 D 5 L 12 ) vs CLB (A) and SJ (H)

What is going on in LA nobody knows. They are swiftly going down and touching the bottom of the table in the Western Conference. It’s two months now since they had a win. We all know that for some weird reason against the rules it’s the worst team at home. At the same time it was the best team on the road but this now is a history with three consecutive losses and nine goals conceded. I am not ready to gamble with any players from this team for now.

SEA (W 11 D 7 L 7 ) vs VAN (A) and POR (H)

The Sounders will participate in two Cascadian derbies. These are the new leaders of the Western Conference with 9 games unbeaten streak. Dempsey has four goals and an assist in the last three games. Lodeiro continues with good performance in most of the games and Jones becoming an essential player to have.

HOU (W 10 D 7 L 8 ) vs DAL (A) and (H) SKC (W 10 D 10 L 5 )

While the Dynamo turned BBVA Compass Stadium into a fortress they are desperately struggling away from it. Not that they don’t have the resources with the likes of Torres, Manotas or Alex. It’s hard to predict the outcome for any of the two games.

Sporting are not great on the road and with other options I would pass that one.

COL (W 6 D 4 L 13 ) vs POR (A) and RSL (A)

I will leave this for the most adventures managers in search of thrillers.

NYRB (W 12 D 2 L 10 ) vs NYCFC (W 14 D 4 L 7 )

The great Hudson River Derby is back for a third and final time in the regular season. The Citizens turned New York blue twice this year. Will they do it again or the Bulls will prevail in revenge? It will be another exiting game with few goals involved. The Blues are in a better position in the second part of the season sitting comfortably second in the East. On the other hand the Bulls are trailing with 8 points behind. As always this derby is almost impossible to predict but the visitors have the upper hand.

CHI (W 12 D 5 L 8 ) vs MIN (W 6 4L 14 )

The chances of Chicago being in the Supporters Shield are fading away very quickly. After an incredible start of the season they are now with just one win in the last seven games. After 11 unbeaten games at the Toyota Stadium the fortress collapsed. Even if this matchup looks tempting I doubt many will risk to pick a player from the team.

The Loons have lost 7 of the last 8 away games conceding at least 2 goals in them. This could be another one as despite the latest slide the host has a good home history.

Captain Suggestions

  1. Meram (CLB) Coming back strong at home against two not perfect travellers.
  2. Plata (RSL) For exactly the same reason as above.
  3. Valeri (POR) Very consistent at late.

DEADLINE

Wednesday 23.08.17 at 7:30 PM EDT – 00:30 AM BST

Best of luck to all FFF Managers

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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.

87 thoughts on “Fantasy MLS Gameweek 24 Review and Gameweek 25 Preview

  1. What’s happened to the HOU v SKC match in this DGW? Seems to have just vanished into thin air! I was hoping for a CS for Machado, but looks like he’ll be stuck on one mealy point from the first game. What a waste of space in my team in a packed DGW :angry:

    • @IvanTheTerrible I SO nearly captained Rusnak, but went Plata instead :headbang:

      At least Plata did get decent points from both fixtures, so it wasn’t a terrible captaincy (unlike my Cap / VC combo of Kun / Lukaku in FPL this week :D )

      155 is amazing btw. Well done! :tiphat:

  2. LA Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes
    Jon Kempin; Pele van Anholt, Daniel Steres, Dave Romney, Bradley Diallo; Jonathan dos Santos, João Pedro; Bradford Jamieson IV, Giovani dos Santos, Emmanuel Boateng; Gyasi Zardes.
    Bench: Clement Diop, Nathan Smith, Rafael Garcia, Jose Villarreal, Ariel Lassiter, Jermaine Jones, Jack McInerney.

    Click to enlarge image

  3. 156 points in the end, won my FFF H2H match-up.

    Still stuck at 110 position in the H2H league.

    It is almost impossible to make up ground in the FFF H2H league, probably the toughest mini league around

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