Well we’re back from the Stranger Things of the International Break. There’s no need to go through all of it, but suffice it to say that the U.S. getting one point and falling to fourth in the Hex standings is about as minimally acceptable as it gets. Perhaps sensing that something like this would happen and that MLS fans would need to get back to normal as quickly as possible the league scheduled a mid-week game so that New York City FC and Sporting KC could get back to it while missing a few key pieces who haven’t re-joined their teams from international duty.
Anyway, onto the rekrap...
The thing I think is good in which I mock Orlando while hiding my fear of New England coming to town next week
Let us bask in the glory of what the New England Revolution did to Orlando City Soccer Club for a moment. The Revs haven’t done much of anything impressive over recent weeks as they have slid further and further away from the playoff spots. They added another attacker in the transfer window when they really need some help in the back, but Orlando City is so inept at scoring goals that it didn’t matter. New England hung four bowls of clam chowder on FC Mickey Mouse, Kei Kamara got a hat trick and 19 points, and Lee Nguyen got two assists to match his point total.
The Boldor and the Beautiful
Montreal and Chicago paired up for the most turgid match of the weekend. The Impact failed to find space to counter against the Fire defense and Chicago could only capitalize but once against the Poutine Princes when they went down a man thanks to Deian Boldor getting a red card in his MLS debut. Lucky me, I put Boldor on my team hoping to capture some first match magic but all he could provide was a debut blunder.
Keeping it clean in LA
The LA Galaxy looked like the team that many thought they would be to begin the year. They controlled the game well, defended proficiently, had good goal keeping, and the attack struck early and often. Of course they did this against a Colorado Rapids team that fired their coach and has been trying to remember how to play soccer all year, but still a goal, assist, and pile of bonus points from Romain Alessandrini and clean sheets provided by Dave Romney and something called Jon Kempin saved my fantasy week.
As I mentioned, we are back at it with a full slate of games. This week inspires many questions like in the battle between the old looking fallen Shield challengers and energy drink that tastes suspiciously like Cheerwine, how will Chicago fare against the NY Red Bulls; or should you even bother with this DGW; and finally how many goals will Orlando lose to DC United by? No doubt that and more will be answered, but here are my picks:
Singe game week players have been putting up boat loads of points lately and I even hesitated to put Feilhaber on my team given ole Peter Vermes’ preference to write off midweek games and away matches. We’ll talk more about this in the what to watch for later this week, but I think Asad plays centrally with Miguel missing a big chunk of training the past two weeks. Even if Yamil goes for just an hour in central mid, I think he’ll be a difference maker in fantasy.
Other picks this week include - Nico Lodeiro, Albert Rusnak, Cubo Torres, and let’s go with Greg Garza and Tito Villalba if you want a couple of hommer picks when United opens the Benz on Sunday.
After the international break, I’m staying away from players who were on national team duty, you really don’t know what you will get out of them and with the Wednesday game there won’t be many lineups released before the deadline tonight at 7:30. This is also where I’m obligated to tell you that NY Red Bulls are hereby to be known as FC Cheerwine and are not to be trusted against the Chicago Fire.