It was another exciting and memorable round. The Banc of California Stadium opened as the new home for LAFC where, in typical Hollywood style, the host team won with a last minute goal. But most notably, the legend David Villa became the sixth active player to score 400 goals, joining Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto’o.
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) April 30, 2018
Gameweek 9 Review
After a three game losing streak Vancouver Whitecaps won at home against Real Salt Lake. The host team was visibly the better attacking side, but despite this the first half went goalless. In the 75th minute the Caps were awarded a penalty that Techera executed, but with too much excitement he took off his shirt in celebration, which resulted in a second yellow card. Three minutes later Blondell scored his first MLS goal. The home team managed to survive intact and collect the three points. Score: 2-0.
Another home game and another win for Atlanta United, this time against Montreal Impact. The hosts left it until late as the visitors went on the scoring board in the 13th minute with a goal from Taider. Everything changed in the second half when Atlanta came back as a different team. Almiron scored from the penalty spot, followed by a goal from Kratz. Both players then scored again by the end of the game. Score: 4-1.
Kratz does it again! 4-1 Atlanta pic.twitter.com/PNaYR9zGhf
— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) April 28, 2018
Toronto FC couldn’t manage to extinguish Chicago Fire at home. All went well for the Reds in the first half when Osorio opened the scoring and Vazquez added a second. Schweinsteiger missed a penalty for the visitors, but in the second half he remedied the mistake by scoring. He then assisted Gordon in the last seconds to earn the point. Score: 2-2.
After a long scoreless drought Philadelphia Union managed to earn the much needed three points at home against D.C. United. Stieber scored in the 7th minute, but Ilson equalised before the break. Sapong extended the lead in the second half before United levelled it through Mattocks. Dockal scored his first MLS goal for the win. Score: 3-2.
Columbus Crew ended a four game winless streak by beating San Jose Earthquakes. The home team took the lead in the 28th minute and then, like in the last game, they let the opposition score before half time when Hoesen equalised. It was a long battle after that until the 84th minute when supersub Grella scored the winner. Score: 2-1.
It only took one goal for New England Revolution to earn three points at home against Sporting Kansas City. That goal was produced by Bunbury in the 44th minute and it was his fourth in the last five games. Turner registered his third shutout to help secure the win. Score: 1-0.
Another team returning to winning mode was Minnesota United beating Houston Dynamo. The visitors started well with Elis scoring in the 10th minute. Five minutes before the break Quintero equalised with a penalty kick. Despite the many efforts from Dynamo in the second half, the Loons held their nerve and Ibson eventually netted the winner. Score: 2-1.
Once again LA Galaxy lost at home, this time to New York Red Bulls. The only goal in the first half was scored by Royer in the 7th minute. Shortly after the start of the second, Volt added another one for the visitors. Galaxy came back with Kamara and Dos Santos scoring within minutes, but Romero secured the win for the visitors from the penalty spot. Score: 2-3.
Anyhow, Kaku doesn't care and converts to make 3-2 RBNY. pic.twitter.com/48HacHdLyP
— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) April 29, 2018
Colorado Rapids suffered a second defeat, this time at home against Orlando City. The first half finished with a goal from Badji. In the second, the visitors came back with Higuita (who scored his first goal since 2016) before Yotun added a second. Score: 1-2.
New York City FC remained top of the league as they ended the unbeaten run for FC Dallas. Both teams were quick to go on the scoring board, with Medina finding the net in the 3rd minute followed by Mosquera in the 10th with his first MLS goal. Then, before half time, Villa registered his 400th goal from the penalty spot. The second half saw many efforts from both sides, but it was that man Villa who scored again. Score: 3-1.
The long wait was over and finally Los Angeles FC opened their new home with a win against Seattle Sounders. It was a long match which saw hard work from both teams, but neither could find the net. It looked as if the first ever match at the Banc of California Stadium was going to be a goalless draw. Then, in true Hollywood blockbuster style, Laurent Ciman produced that wonderful goal from 25 yards with a free kick in the last seconds of stoppage time. Score: 1-0.
Oof. Frei mishandles Ciman's FK and LAFC will win this one late.
1-0 Final. pic.twitter.com/zJdIrjobbc
— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) April 30, 2018
Gameweek 10 Preview
The only team on bye this week is D.C. United.
TOR ( W 1 D 1 L 4 ) vs PHI ( W 2 D 2 L 3 )
It was obvious that the Reds were still dealing with their CCL hangover. That said, the team is slowly coming back to some kind of form. Giovinco showed a good display and reminded us all that he hasn’t hung up his boots yet. There are still a few key players out injured, but this game should be the springboard for Toronto’s comeback. They will try hard to get into the MLS rhythm. Being the first game of the round, expect all manner of switcheroos to be in force. Bono is an ideal candidate for a keeperoo.
Vazquez makes it 2-1 Toronto pic.twitter.com/k0gHFPq53o
— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) April 28, 2018
After five winless games, in which they scored just a solitary goal, Philly scraped a laboured win at home against DCU. I don’t think many fantasy managers will be lured by that, as knowing the abysmal away record (one win in the last 20 road games) means it is probably best to avoid.
MTL ( W 2 D 0 L 6 ) vs NE ( W 4 D 2 L 2 )
The Canadians just can’t stop losing games and conceding a huge amount of goals, shipping 16 in the last four games alone. They have only played twice at home so far, with one win against their compatriots Toronto when they were travelling with a B team. Perhaps some will try Piatti on the bench, but I find him too expensive for the risk.
The Revs continue to blow hot and cold so it’s a guessing game with them as to what will happen next. They triumphed in the reverse fixture a month ago, shutting out Montreal at home 4-0. They might not achieve this again, but Bunbury and Fagundez are always worth a try.
MIN ( W 3 D 0 L 5 ) vs VAN( W 4 D 1 L 4 )
It has taken a while for the Loons to find a win but they finally did it last week. Can they do it again? Quintero looked good and could perhaps be risked as he is the penalty taker since Molino is out for the season. However, you will be playing with fire if you are considering any defenders from this team.
With a win last week, the Caps look to have recovered quickly after the embarrassing 6-0 loss to SKC in Round 8. However, it may be too early to get carried away with players from here. Shea remains a good option though, as he plays out of position and is relatively cheap.
NYRB ( W 4 D 0 L 3 ) vs NYCFC ( W 6 D 2 L 1 )
The legendary Hudson River Derby is back. As always it will be an exiting game while New York waits to find out if the city will be Red or Blue this time. The Bulls have the edge in the previous nine meetings, winning 5 and scoring 21, compared to 3 wins and 11 goals for the Blues. The two teams have only drawn once (last August, with a score of 1-1). We all know the assets from both sides, led by BWP and Villa.
SEA ( W 1 D 1 L 4 ) vs CLB ( W 4 D 2 L 3 )
The Sounders started the season with a home defeat to LAFC and were beaten by them again as visitors last week. Sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference, with only one win, it’s high time for them to get their act together and start the campaign.
It remains hard to read into the Crew and their endless inconsistency. Their sporadic wins make it a gamble to go with players like Higuain or Zardes (who was almost invincible last week). I wouldn’t trust them on the road though.
LAFC ( W 5 D 0 L 2 ) vs DAL ( W 3 D 3 L 1 )
It doesn’t look as if anyone can stop the fairytale debut season for the Angels. It wasn’t the biggest win in the home opener, but the three points were still theirs. From a fantasy football view, the most popular pick Vela failed to meet expectations. That doesn’t mean managers will be deterred from choosing him again. And don’t be surprised if you see a certain defender heavily featured in many teams this week (yes, Ciman deserves it).
The Texans experienced their first defeat for the season last week. This match will be their third trip away from the Toyota Stadium and it will be a big test. The likes of Urruti and Lamah will try their luck, but it will be a risk to have them when there are better options elsewhere this week.
HOU ( W 2 D 2 L 3 ) vs LA ( W 3 D 1 L 4 )
After the big win against Toronto in Round 8, Dynamo returned to winless mode once again. However, when it comes to goals, Elis and Manotas can be trusted and they will be popular picks for this one.
LA Galaxy are beginning to resemble the dire team they were last year. Three home losses in a row, with only two goals scored, is despicable (they scored twice as many in that epic comeback against LAFC). It’s no surprise that Ibrahimovic was frustrated in the post match interview. It will be a big decision if fantasy managers want to gamble with any assets here.
CHI ( W 2 D 2 L 3 ) vs ATL ( W 6 D 1 L 1 )
The Fire is becoming increasingly frustrating. You don’t know who will score, or when. It goes without saying that the only consistent player remains Nikolic for now, as Bastian is playing all over the place.
Schweinsteiger heads home to pull one back for Chicago. pic.twitter.com/87LkCGCBx1
— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) April 28, 2018
There’s no point even mentioning clean sheets for this game, as a few goals from both sides are very likely. We all know that the Five Stripes will find the net several times. With lots of other good options this week it may be too much of a gamble to have both Almiron and Martinez, so we will need to choose wisely.
SKC ( W 5 D 2 L 2 ) vs COL ( W 2 D 2 L 3 )
Sporting are back home and it’s no secret how good they are at the Children’s Mercy Park. Judging by the visitors there’s no prize for guessing that Melia will be a popular pick. Medranda and hat trick hero Russell will also feature in many teams.
The Rapids are not doing great of late and certainly not on the road. They have only scored two goals during their trips so far and Badji might find it difficult to do it again.
SJ ( W 1 D 2 L 4 ) vs POR ( W 2 D 2 L 3 )
Unfortunately nothing good can be said about the Quakes nowadays. They are currently on a six game winless streak and it doesn’t look like there is any light at the end of that long dark tunnel. After a blazing start to the season, Vako has been hardly mentioned of late and it seems like Wondolowski is ready for retirement. Most likely Valeri and co will take advantage of the situation.
Hoesen equalizes for San Jose. pic.twitter.com/dwSxwbYsCh
— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) April 29, 2018
After a week of rest the Timbers will travel to California on the back of two home victories following a five game winless streak. That will have boosted their confidence, but will they be able to finally prove themselves on the road? Although Valeri managed only an assist in the last game, he had a goal in each of the previous three. Adi scored in the last two and Blanco has three. One of these should be in your team.
ORL ( W 5 D 1 L 2 ) vs RSL ( W 3 D 1 L 4 )
The Lions are serious contenders this year and with five straight wins it’s hard to ignore them. Expect a big home win against the travel sick Real, who have yet to win on the road. Dwyer and Kljestan are likely to be busy on the night.
Real continue to experiment with their back line and that doesn’t do them any favours. At home they are good, but on the road they are simply awful. With no win away, and just two goals scored on their travels, only the very brave can think of Rusnak or Plata for this one.
1. Giovinco (TOR) Time for him to start rolling the goals.
2. Villa (NYCFC) Now on the way to his 500th goal in the Big Apple fight.
3. Dwyer (ORL) Serious Golden Boot contender. Likes to score at home.
Friday 04.05.18 at 8 PM EDT – Saturday 05.05.18 at 1 AM UK
Best of luck to all managers