For the second round running GSFC topped the charts, this time with a whopping 193 points. That has helped them take a small chunk out of BL4CKnRED‘s lead at the top of the overall table, which is now down to 65 points.
New England’s Djordje Petrovic ($9.3) and Chicago’s Chris Brady ($7.9) tied for the positional lead with 16 points, with Brady keeping two clean sheets and Petrovic keeping just one. Dayne St. Clair (MIN, $7.6) came in with one clean sheet and 13 points. DCU’s Tyler Miller ($7.6) scored 2 points.
Federico Navarro (CHI, $7.4) kept two clean sheets and added an assist on the way to 22 points, leading the position. Trailing him were Joel Waterman (MTL, $8.4), with 19 points on a clean sheet and an assist of his own, and Mauricio Pineda (CHI, $5.9), with two clean sheets and 17 points. The scoring defenders for D.C. were Ruan ($7.1) with 2 points, both Derrick Williams ($6.2) and Steven Birnbaum ($6.2) with 1, and Brendan Hines-Ike ($4.8) with -1. Sadface.
A pair of players scored 24 points to tie for both the positional and overall lead, as Ryan Gauld (VAN, $11.7) scored twice and assisted once, and Emanuel Reynoso (MIN, $9.6) scored once, assisted once, and threw in 8 (eight!) attacking bonus points against the Galaxy. Carles Gil (NE, $13.4) barely trailed, putting up 23 points on the strength of three asssists. For United it was Victor Palsson ($6.8) with 3 points, Russell Canouse ($5.9) with 2, and Yamil Asad ($4.1) with 1.
The forwards saw our third positional lead split, with Carlos Vela (LA, $9.3), with two goals and an assist, and Brian White (VAN, $8.6), with a goal and an assist, scoring 16 points. Daniel Salloi (SKC, $7.1) narrowly missed out, scoring 15 points on a goal and an assist. D.C.’s forwards were Christian Benteke ($7.5) with 3 points, both Taxi Fountas ($7.8) and Cristian Dajome ($4.5) with 2, and Nigel Robertha ($4.7) with 1.
Hey now, we’ve hit the All-Star and Leagues Cup break, so no matches are on the schedule until Sunday, August 20. I personally would like to thank MLS for coordinating this break with my trip to New Zealand and Australia for the Women’s World Cup. When we come back, Kansas City will be on bye and everyone else plays once. Before I get into the recommendations, it feels prudent to note that Lionel Messi is already in the game as a midfielder with the staggering price of $15.0, more than $1.0 more than the next closest player, Luciano Acosta (CIN, $13.9). Uh, I guess proceed with caution? Anyway, in goal I’m looking at Steve Clark (HOU, $7.9) vs. Portland, and in defense I’m saving a little cash with Ryan Hollingshead (LA, $7.3) vs. Colorado and their paltry 16 goals in 19 games. In midfield it’s hard to argue with Riqui Puig’s (LAG, $10.1) recent form vs. RSL, and at forward it’s Denis Bouanga (LA, $10.8). Enjoy the break, and watch the Women’s World Cup.