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Fantasy MLS Gameweek 7 Review and Gameweek 8 Preview

The first double gameweek was a mixed bag of emotions. Just when we thought the ‘home advantage’ had finally been restored in gameweek six, that thinking was blown out of the water with a turbulent round that witnessed four teams getting completely shut out at home. On a more positive note, NYCFC and FC Dallas maintained their unbeaten streaks and once again many fantasy managers generated well over 100 points. Not surprisingly the Dream team was dominated by the Blues (the only team on a double) with six players featuring.

Gameweek 7 Review

The round opened with another excellent victory for New York City FC who thrashed what looked to be a helpless Real Salt Lake. The Blues achieved that largely without star players Villa and Ring, who were only used as subs in the second half. Tajouri opened the scoring and Moralez added another one from the penalty spot. A few minutes before the end of the first half Berget scored his first goal. If that wasn’t enough, Ofori found the net in the 70th minute to register his first goal for the Blues and conclude an emphatic victory. Score: 4-0.

On the second day Philadelphia Union lost at home to Orlando City. The Union looked on the ball (pun intended!) for most of the game, registering 20 shots (although only 5 on target), but it wasn’t enough to stop the winning streak of the creative Lions. In the 38th minute Kljestan found Dwyer, who netted the ball, and in the last seconds Mueller doubled the result. Score: 0-2.

The eleven-game unbeaten home streak for Vancouver Whitecaps was cut short by the expansion team Los Angeles FC. After a goalless first half the two playmakers Rossi and Vela each scored in the second. Marco Urena contributed for both goals. Score: 0-2.

Although New York Red Bulls were eliminated from the CCL a few days earlier, that didn’t stop them winning comfortably against Montreal Impact. Bradley Wright-Phillips opened the scoring in the 5th minute with his 90th career goal. Vargas equalised for the visitors before half time. In the second half Kaku scored his first MLS goal. Murillo then followed suit to extend the lead and confirm the third home win for the Bulls. Score: 3-1.

Colorado Rapids didn’t have any problems facing Toronto FC at home. The visitors arrived with a heavily depleted team, due to their ongoing CCL involvement, and despite many attempts couldn’t find their rhythm in the game. A goal from Price and one from Gashi sealed the win for the hosts. Score: 2-0.

In a much anticipated game that pitted two ex-Manchester United stars against each other, Chicago Fire lost to visiting LA Galaxy. In the battle of Bastian vs Zlatan, it was the big Swede who triumphed. Despite many chances he produced only one goal, but it was enough to secure the three points for the visitors. Score: 0-1.

D.C. United registered their first win for this season while hosting Columbus Crew. They won with just one goal, which was scored by Segura in the first seconds of the game. Thanks to Steve Clark, an ex-Columbus keeper, the team managed to hold onto the lead, despite the pressure of playing with only 10 men after Arriola was sent off in the 51st minute. Score: 1-0.

Another team that lost at home was New England Revolution, surprisingly blanking against FC Dallas. This ended an eleven-game unbeaten home streak for the Revs. Hayes scored the winning goal for the visitors. The hosts had 21 shots, but it wasn’t enough to outwit goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer who ended with six saves. Score: 0-1.

Portland Timbers celebrated their first win of the season by withholding a pushy Minnesota United. In the first half Powell and Valeri both scored within three minutes of each other. In the 64th minute Quintero pulled one back for the Loons. Shortly after that Adi scored his first goal for the season, before Tuiloma reduced the lead with an own goal. The Timbers survived until the end for the win. Score: 3-2.

San Jose Earthquakes shared the points with Houston Dynamo. The host team took the lead with the only goal in the first half from Eriksson. Dynamo came back in the second, with goals from Martinez and Manotas, before Hyka levelled five minutes before the end. Score: 2-2.

Seattle Sounders earned their first point of the season during their visit to Sporting Kansas City. The hosts went on the scoring board after the penalty kick by Sanchez. Bruin equalised seconds before half time. In the 73rd minute Roldan extended the lead for the visitors, but five minutes later veteran defender Zusi levelled the match. Score: 2-2.

The round finished with New York City FC extending their unbeaten streak as visitors to Atlanta United. As always, the atmosphere at Mercedes Benz Stadium was electric. It was backwards and forwards between the two top sides in the Eastern Conference. The home team opened the scoring with a goal from Garza, but Villa made it even before the break. Later, McCann reinstated the home lead, but Ring then scored to secure the draw. Score: 2-2.

Gameweek 8 Preview

In this round the only team on bye is D.C United.

SKC ( W 4 D 2 L 1 ) vs VAN ( W 3 D 1 L 3 )

Sporting are sitting comfortably at the top of the Western Conference. They have scored 14 goals and kept two clean sheets so far in their campaign. There’s no prizes for guessing that Melia will be the most popular keeperoo pick, given that he plays first in the round. Expect to see a high fantasy ownership for Zusi, now the game’s most expensive defender with a price tag of $8.5M (eat your heart out Alonso in the FPL!) and Russell. Watch out for news on Gutierrez.

The good start to the season from the Caps is now beginning to look doubtful. With two losses in a row, and the last one at home, this doesn’t look like a team that can be trusted for the time being (especially not for this road game).

MTL ( W 2 D 0 L 4 ) vs LAFC ( W 3 D 0 L 2 )

Montreal are still conceding more goals than they score. With two consecutive losses it’s hard to imagine what to expect from them. Once upon a time Piatti was a permanent staple in many fantasy teams. With one goal in five games that trend is fading fast.

After their wonderful start to the season the Black and Gold had two painful defeats in which they shipped nine goals. They bounced back last week with a great away win in Vancouver. Will they conquer Canada for a second time? Vela and Rossi are becoming “must have” players (like Piatti used to be) with four goals each. The host team is going through a bad patch, so a clean sheet for LAFC is also a possibility.

HOU ( W 1 D 2 L 2 ) vs TOR ( W 1 D 0 L 3 )

The big win on opening day is now consigned to the history books for the Dynamo. Since then they have only managed to extend their winless streak to four. They need to find a way to tighten things up at the back and stop conceding so many goals. This game could be an opportunity to bounce back as they will be hosting a team with many problems at the moment.

Just when we saw a glimmer of hope in Round 6 for the Reds, things went downhill for them again last week. Due to numerous players out injured, they turned up with a bench team. Another factor is the ongoing distraction of the CCL. The first leg of the final is on Tuesday, so don’t expect a normal team anytime soon. Best to leave Toronto until next month when their extra-curricular engagements are over.

NYRB ( W 3 D 0 L 2 ) vs CHI ( W 1 D 1 L 3 )

The Bulls are on a rotating roster of winning and losing. The good news is that they keep scoring and have an immaculate home record so far. With two clean sheets at the Bulls Arena, their defence will be highly desirable this week. Now they are out of the CCL, the squad should be back to full strength. Expect to see the never-ageing Bradley in every team.

Apart from that laboured win in the previous round, the Fire continue to look a shadow of their former selves. Patrice Vieira needs to fix whatever the problem is if they want to get off the bottom of the Eastern Conference and have any chance of making the playoffs.

CLB ( W 3 D 1 L 3 ) vs NE ( W 3 D 1 L 2 )

The Crew is another team that is losing rhythm of late. Three consecutive defeats is not acceptable when they have played one game more than the others. As always, Higuain or Zardes will be found in many teams, but defenders are not advisable here.

The Revs are almost a mirror image of the team they’re visiting. Their mini-run of two consecutive wins with clean sheets was spoiled by Dallas last week. The likes of Fagundez, Bunbury and Pennila will be heavily involved again, but the chances of a shutout are slim.

ORL ( W 3 D 1 L 2 ) vs SJ ( W 1 D 2 L 2 )

The Lions are getting better with each passing round and now stand unbeaten in their last three, with nine goals scored. The wonder work of the Dwyer-Kljestan partnership continues to impress and it will be hard to resist including them in your team. Mueller ($4.5M) could be an interesting budget option, with a goal in each of the last two games.

It looks like the Quakes are stuck in a black hole for the moment. After a hard earned win in the opening round they’ve struggled to find their groove. This will be the first of two games on the road and maybe it’s best to wait and watch.

DAL ( W 2 D 3 L 0 ) vs PHI ( W 1 D 2 L 2 )

The Texans’ new back formation is paying dividends, so this is a game when some defenders should be considered for your team. The new Bulgarian defender Nedyalkov earned 11 points last week (29 points in his last four games is also a respectable tally). Maurer makes a perfect counterpoint for the keeperoo should Melia fail to deliver earlier. Urruti and Lamah shouldn’t be ignored as a home win seems very likely.

Philly has the lowest scoring ratio so far, matching that of Toronto (but with an extra game played). This will be their second game on the road and in the first they shipped three goals. It’s a shame that Sapong, Picault and Bedoya haven’t met expectations yet this season.

RSL ( W 2 D 1 L 3 ) vs COL ( W 2 D 2 L 1 )

Real continues to alternate wins with losses. The visitors are almost in the same situation, sitting just one point above the hosts in the table. As we know, anything could happen at the Four Corners and the game could go either way. If you are not fully loaded with players from elsewhere, throw the dice and pick one from Silva, Plata or Badji.

LAG ( W 3 D 1 L 2 ) vs ATL ( W 4 D 1 L 1 )

The ups and downs of Galaxy are nothing new and remind us very much of the last season. When it comes to discussing them nowadays, we start and finish with Zlatan. Yes, he proved that the first two goals on his MLS debut were not a fluke when he scored the winner last week. Once he is on the pitch, there is always a strong possibility of him scoring. We’ve not seen much from Ola lately, but Alessandrini or Lledget could be chanced here.

The Five Stripes are now on a five game unbeaten streak and they continue to score for fun. Once again you have to guess whose turn it is to shine this time, Almiron or Martinez. This game will see a few goals from both sides, so picking from defence is risky.

SEA ( W 0 D 1 L 3 ) vs MIN ( W 2 D 0 L 4 )

Finally the Sounders are off the mark, winning their first point last week. Was that the beginning of something better to come? Perhaps it’s a bit too early to say. We know the die-hard will go for Lodeiro (and why not, he is good at home). Keep an eye on the Roldan brothers too.

The Loons (being Loons!) again forgot how to play. Three consecutive losses with seven goals conceded in them doesn’t look good. Go for it if you are an adventurer.

POR ( W 1 D 2 L 3 ) vs NYCFC ( W 5 D 2 L 0 )

Finally the Timbers registered their first victory for this season. Whether they’ll use it as a platform for climbing up remains to be seen. Valeri has been consistent, with three goals in the last three games. Adi returned to the scoring board last week and if he can repeat the success of the previous three seasons the team has a chance to get out of their slump.

It’s hard to argue that the Blues are on a mission this year. Sitting comfortably at the top of the overall table, with 16 goals scored and only 6 conceded, they certainly mean business. The talismanic Villa is not the only one vying to get into our teams. With Tajouri around (four goals so far), Moralez (with four as well), plus Medina, Ring and the rest, the future looks bright.

Captain Suggestions

1. Bradley Wright-Phillips ( NYRB ) Dangerous at home against leaky Chicago.

2. Dwyer ( ORL ) Four goals in the last three games, hungry for more.

3. Zlatan ( LA ) He would like to score against big pretenders Atlanta.

Deadline

Friday 20.04.18 at 9 PM EDT – Saturday 21.04.18 at 2 AM 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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