GSFC was the leader this round, amassing 143 points. That helped them take a 9-point chunck out of BL4CKnRED‘s overall lead, which now stands at 74 points. With just two rounds remaining, the leader looks pretty safe at the top.
Maarten Paes (DAL, $7.5) posted a clean sheet on the way to 13 points, leading the goalkeepers ahead of Andre Blake (PHI, $8.5), who did the same for 12 points. Zac MacMath (RSL, $9.2) rounded out the top three with 11 points on a clean sheet. For United, it was Alex Bono ($7.2) with 3 points.
Colorado’s Andreas Maxso ($8.7) paired a goal with an assist to lead the defenders with 18 points. Trailing him were Kai Wagner (PHI, $12.2), who scored 17 points on the strength of two assists, and Justen Glad (RSL, $10.3), who scored 13 points on a clean sheet. The D.C. defense featured Donovan Pines ($8.8) and Derrick Williams ($5.7) with 3 points each, followed by a [checks notes] pentad of men with 1 point — Ruan ($7.6), Pedro Santos ($7.7), Steven Birnbaum ($7.3), Andy Najar ($5.2), and Eric Davis ($7.3).
Connor Ronan (COL, $10.2) tallied two assists on the way to 20 points, leading the midfielders. Eduard Lowen (STL, $11.6) amassed three assists and 16 points, while Ryan Gauld’s (VAN, $13.9) goal and assist helped him to 14 points. The DCU midfield was led by Mateusz Klich ($9.4) with 7 points, followed by Ted Ku-Dipietro ($5.6) with 6, both Chris Durkin ($6.0) and Gabriel Pirani ($7.2) with 3, Jackson Hopkins ($4.3) with 2, and Yamil Asad ($4.0) with 1.
Ben White (VAN, $10.8) notched two goals, one assist, and 21 points, leading the forwards and all players. Off the pace were Douglas Costa (LAG, $8.3), with 15 points on a goal and two assists, and Brandon Vazquez (CIN, $8.4), with 14 points on two goals. The scoring forwards for DCU were Christian Benteke ($8.6) with 8 points, and Cristian Dajome ($4.0) with 1.
As it stands, there are a lot of games in the next round, which will start on Wednesday, October 4th, and end on Saturday, October 15. Most teams play twice, with the exceptions being St. Louis, San Jose, Portland, NYC, and Kansas City, who play once, and New England, the Galaxy, and Nashville, who play three times. Keep an eye on this because any changes to this between now and kickoff on Wednesday would not be the first such instance of changes this season. Anyway, Joe Willis (NSH, $8.1) is hard to argue with in goal, vs. Orlando, @ Philadelphia, and vs. New England, and Alvaro Barreal (CIN, $11.8) has good matchups in defense vs. the Red Bulls and @ Miami. Hany Mukhtar (NSH, $12.6) may not have scored this round, but I’m staying with him in the midfield, and Cucho Hernandez (CLB, $13.0) is a great forward option @ New England and @ Atlanta.