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Fantasy MLS Gameweek 8 Review and Gameweek 9 Preview

If you were looking for a goal-fest last weekend, MLS was the place to be! 20 goals were scored across the first three games alone; the round finished with 46 in total. We also witnessed the first win of the season for Seattle Sounders and the first defeat for NYCFC.

Gameweek 8 Review

The round started with a bang by Sporting Kansas City dismantling Vancouver Whitecaps. It was all about the Scotsman Johnny Russell. He already had a brace in the first 16 minutes. Later Medranda added a third. Things went from bad to worse for the visitors in the 40th minute when two of their players were sent off. In the second half Russell completed his hat trick, while Lobato and Croizet scored as well. Score: 6-0.

In another high scoring game Montreal Impact cracked under pressure and, with a man down, lost to Los Angeles FC. It was a total rollercoaster game in which Piatti scored a first half hat trick. In the meantime Ciman scored for the guests and Urena missed a penalty. The turning point was the sending off of Cabrera at the half-hour mark. The visitors took advantage in the second half when Feilhaber scored. Raitala added to the misery for Impact with an own goal. Vela and Blessing notched two more for the visitors to clinch the win. Score: 3-5.

It wasn’t a surprise when Houston Dynamo won against Toronto FC, who once again turned up with a B team. It took just three minutes for Manotas to open the scoring and only another four for Leonardo to follow. Alexander added a third at the start of the second half. Taintor then managed to find the net for the visitors, but the hosts continued with the offence, enabling Elis and Quioto to go on the scoring board too. Score: 5-1.

The New York Red Bulls 11-game unbeaten streak was broken by Chicago Fire. The only goal in the first half came from Katai, which could be a contender for goal of the year. Nikolic extended the lead from the penalty spot. The Bulls could only answer with a goal by Wright-Phillips, as Sanchez made nine saves to hang on to the three points for the Fire. Score: 1-2.

Columbus Crew ended up sharing the points with New England Revolution, despite twice going ahead. The game didn’t start in favour of the visitors when Farrell scored in his own net. Shortly after that, Bunbury levelled the score. Zardes found the net before half time to restore the Crew’s lead, but Pennila equalised in the last second. The host

team were unlucky not to leave with the three points, having 18 shots in the second half. Score: 2-2.

Orlando City extended their unbeaten streak to four against San Jose Earthquakes. It took just 63 seconds for rookie Mueller to put the Lions on the scoreboard. Later he assisted Kljestan for the second goal. Dwyer scored his 100th career goal to make it three. The Quakes fought back with a late brace from Jungwirth, but still left empty handed. Score: 3-2.

It was another win and another clean sheet for FC Dallas when they welcomed Philadelphia Union. The first half went goalless with few chances from either side. Diaz came on as a substitute and scored in the 61st minute, followed by Urruti. Score: 2-0.

Real Salt Lake won the first of this season’s Rocky Mountain Cup matches at home to Colorado Rapids. The host team dominated the entire game with 29 shots, including 10 on target. The Rapids lost their keeper in the 20th minute. Despite that, all the goals came in the last ten minutes from Plata, Kreilach and Rusnak. Score: 3-0.

The Zlatan magic couldn’t help LA Galaxy this time as they failed to score against assertive Atlanta United. The big Swede played the full 90 minutes and had a few chances, but the back three from the visitors did a great job to keep him away. Martinez missed a penalty in the 20th minute but made up for it two minutes later by scoring from open play. In the closing seconds of injury time, Almiron converted a penalty. Score: 0-2 .

It was the first win of the season for Seattle Sounders at home to Minnesota United. The hosts opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a goal from Svensson and two minutes later Bruin found the net as well. Ramirez scored the consolation goal, but it was too little too late. In the last seconds of the game, Delem netted his first career goal. Score: 3-1.

For the second time in a row Portland Timbers won at home, and they did it in style by ending the unbeaten streak of New York City FC. Blanco was the first to score and Adi netted the second before half time. Defender Mabiala added the third. Score: 3-0.

Gameweek 9 Preview

The only team on bye this week is Portland Timbers.

VAN ( W 3 D 1 L 4 ) vs RSL ( W 3 D 1 L 3 )

The Caps have totally lost the plot of late. After their brilliant start to the season they have now conceded 17 goals (the highest in the Western Conference). The first fixture of the round is usually a fantasy favourite for a home advantage, but not in this case. It might take a while before the team gets back on their feet.

Real continue with the win and lose merry-go-round. Last week the win was impressive but it was against Colorado who are not one of the best travellers. The team is still to find a win on the road. The likes of Rusnak and Plata can be risked in a switcheroo, being the first game of the round.

ATL ( W 5 D 1 L 1 ) vs MTL ( W 2 D 0 L 5 )

The Five Stripes remain unbeaten in the last six games and we know they like to score goals. They are especially strong at the Mercedes Benz Stadium, which will tempt many managers to once again include Martinez and Almiron in their teams (and perhaps even captain one of them). Keep an eye on Barco (the biggest transfer fee in MLS history!) who is starting to get more playing time and showing signs that he might be worth the cash spent on him.

Things are not going their way for the Impacts. Three consecutive losses and 17 goals shipped in total is dreadful (only their compatriots Vancouver Whitecaps can match that bad defensive record). The last game showed that something is not right in the team, after leading with 3 and then conceding 4 goals in the second half. Hats off to Piatti and his first MLS career hat trick, but one swallow doesn’t make a summer! The new manager, Remi Garde, has a lot on his hands to fix the problems. This game will be tricky knowing how good the host team is on home turf.

TOR ( W 1 D 0 L 4 ) vs CHI ( W 2 D 1 L 3 )

We all know the situation with the Reds at the moment. On Wednesday they play the second leg of the CCL final. Regardless of the outcome, we need time to assess the team once they are back to fielding their best players.

The Fire are not in the position they expected to be at this stage of the season. They are becoming increasingly unpredictable (except in maintaining a low scoring ratio). Of course there is Nikolic, with five goals already, who is always worth a punt, but it all depends on what team Toronto display. If the squad is near normal then it won’t be an easy trip for the guests.

PHI ( W 1 D 2 L 3 ) vs DCU ( W 1 D 2 L 3 )

It could be early, but Philly are in big trouble. They simply can’t find their rhythm and play as a team. This game should be ignored altogether as it might end up with some unexpected weird result. If you have no other ideas try Sapong or Fafa and pray!

There is nothing spectacular from the Black and Reds so far and they have not won a game on the road yet (although they have at least managed to score a goal in three of their four away games so far). They are just clean sheet spoilers for now, so best to avoid.

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

After a run of three consecutive losses the Crew managed a draw, helped by an own goal from their opponents. The great start from Higuain has faded away and now he mostly collects yellow cards rather than goals. Zardes is the only one who keeps producing. That said, this game could be the comeback that the Crew are looking for. Steffen at home could be used as part of a keeperoo.

The Quakes have not won a game since the opening day. In their ongoing saga they keep scoring goals and conceding just as many. Jungwirth’s recent brace reminded us of his performance last year, but was that a fluke? Perhaps Hoesen could be risked for the most adventurous managers.

NE ( W 3 D 2 L 2 ) vs SKC ( W 5 D 2 L 1 )

The Revs are still inconsistent and don’t perform as they should. Nguyen not playing could be the missing link. The core playmakers are still Fagundez and Bunbury, with Penilla showing a glimmer of hope. They are relatively good at home, but they are hosting one of the most in-form teams so it won’t be easy. Defence is not advisable!

Sporting are deservedly topping the Western Conference. They have the most scored goals and their last performance, notching six without reply, will be remembered for a while. It’s interesting that the only game they’ve lost so far was at home on the opening day, while in their last three trips they have scored eight goals. The most expensive and popular defender Zusi continues to be a bonus point magnet. After his first MLS hat trick, Russell extended his tally to five goals. With the return of Gutierrez from injury, and likes of Medranda, Sanchez and Besler all playing well, the team is a threat to any opponent.

MIN ( W 2 D 0 L 5 ) vs HOU ( W 2 D 2 L 2 )

The Loons are sinking fast, with four consecutive losses and 10 shipped goals between them. They need to address this bad habit of conceding early goals in every game.

The Dynamo are going to travel up north with their heads high after the great win last week. That was their second win and, like the first, was accomplished with a significant amount of goals scored. Both big wins happened at home, whereas on the road they like to get draws. Maybe this could be their first big away win, but the goals usually come from different sources so it’s difficult to predict who will be the next scorer. Manotas remains a sure bet though.

LAG ( W 3 D 1 L 3 ) vs NYRB ( W 3 D 0 L 3 )

This will be an interesting matchup between two teams who are in a similar situation regarding wins, draws and losses. However, the crucial difference is that the visitors have scored twice as many goals. Both teams failed to win at home in the last round and will be eager to improve on that. Expectation once again will be high on Zlatan and Bradley, but it’s hard to predict the outcome.

COL ( W 2 D 2 L 2 ) vs ORL ( W 4 D 1 L 2 )

The Rapids are still finding their way in the league. They still remain unbeaten at home after three games. Will Badji finally find some consistency? How will they manage without the suspended Tim Howard? There are many questions for this one.

Everything is going well for the Lions of late. They are becoming a juggernaut, scaring many teams. They are on an impressive four game winning streak, with 12 goals scored. It’s now official that the Dwyer-Kljestan tandem is at the centre of the team. Add to this the rising new star Chris Mueller, scoring in three consecutive games. Many teams find it difficult at high altitude but this lot are scared of nothing and are highly recommended in this round.

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

This will be a big game in which the Blues will want to recover from their first defeat and the Texans will want to remain the only undefeated team in the league. The visitors have played away only once this year (winning by one goal) while the host have been victorious in all three home games so far, scoring 8 goals and keeping two clean sheets. You can only guess what the final result will be when Villa, Herrera, Moralez and co welcome Urruti, Diaz, Lamah and co. Expect goals from both sides and no shutouts this time.

LAFC ( W 4 D 2 L 2 ) vs SEA ( W 1 D 1 L 3 )

The long period on the road is over for the Black and Gold. After six games away they are going home to their newly opened Banc of California Stadium for the first time. They will arrive there proud, with four wins and 16 goals scored. With four consecutive home games coming up it’s easy to predict that the likes of Vela and Rossi will be fantasy staples for quite some time. Although two clean sheets were registered so far, it might be a bit early to risk the defence.

The Sounders are back on the map with their first win. The return of Alonso and a remarkable performance from Christian Roldan added to the spirit of the team. This game will be a chance for the runner-up Champions of 2017 to show their intentions.

Captain Suggestions

  1. Almiron or Martinez (ATL) Two playmakers who score for fun. Particularly good on home ground. Expect goals against struggling of late Montreal.
  2. Vela or Rossi (LAFC) Another unstoppable pair will want to open their new stadium in style. Two contenders for this year’s Golden Boot.
  3. Villa (NYCFC) He will be eager to score his 400th career goal and be the fifth player to join the hallowed ranks of Messi, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Suarez.

Deadline

Friday 27.04.18 at 10.30 PM EDT – Saturday at 3.30 AM BST

Good 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.

82 thoughts on “Fantasy MLS Gameweek 8 Review and Gameweek 9 Preview

      • @IvanTheTerrible Yeah, had LAFC and Rapids defenders but I guess they wont be required.

        Still dont know what those color thing beside players name stands for? That Blue, Red, Yellow and Green colors? Red means injury?

        • @Zaid
          Yes it does but we all know in MLS players tend to recover miraculously just before the game :P Still, try to change him with one in red.

          I have 3 New York City players to go and 3 Man City in FPL. Let’s hope the sky is blue today :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:

        • @Zaid
          Luka had to go for Jesus but I can always rely on supersub Jesse and I am very nervous about DDG as he needs to outscore Ryan sitting on the bench with 10 points :unsure:

        • @IvanTheTerrible Ryan getting 10pts was something nobody expected :P

          Luka to Jesus was popular move, lets see who wins.

          I’m in rage mode at the moment, might end up with -16/-20 after this week, thats after taking ZERO hits throughout the season, worst team I have ever got, bunch of losers, even Salah could go out… :D

        • @Zaid
          After taking 2 hits I am on 0 atm and you are on 15 points.
          Only miracles from captain Kane can make the difference but we all know how “helpful” he is when you need him :bad:
          The only good thing was resisting the Salah temptation :)

        • @IvanTheTerrible Not looking good for you in the Champions Cup Ivan, Santa in pole position to take that last semi final slot, ATM its looking like me v Santa and Kralin v Z in the other semi, my team is set, I know Snta is using a chip ( triple captain or BB not sure which ) , he will need it :D
          Nom-De-Head look very strong for the semi, may even post the team later in the week to get insiode Santa’s head :twisted:

  1. LAFC and NYCFC need to do something special tonight to save my GW

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  2. That awkward moment when you double/triple up on LAFC attack and all fails but when you dont have any, they all score/assist in that game… #unpredictable :headbang: :headscratch:

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