A glimmer of hope for Atlanta
Minutemen led the league this round, with a score of 104 points.
At the top of the table, BL4CKnRED managed to hang onto the overall lead, but the margin is down to 3 points.
Andre Blake (PHI, $8.4) came up with a clean sheet and a saved penalty on the way to a position-leading 14 points. Trailing him were Joe Willis (NSH, $8.4), whose clean sheet helped him to 11 points, and Gabriel Slonina (CHI, $4.4), who had a clean sheet of his own and 10 points. For DCU, Jon Kempin ($5.0) scored 3 points, and Bill Hamid ($7.2) scored an injury-shortened 1 point.
Brent Kallman (MIN, $6.5) paired a goal with a clean sheet on the way to 15 points, leading all defenders. Just behind him was Jonathan Mensah (CLB, $8.6) with a goal and 14 points, and Ryan Hollingshead (DAL, $7.8) with a goal, clean sheet, and 13 points. The United defense was led by Andy Najar ($8.7) with 10 points, followed by Antonio Alfaro ($5.6) with 8, Frederic Brillant ($5.7) with 4, Joseph Mora ($4.3) with 3, and Steven Birnbaum ($4.6) with 2.
Atlanta’s Marcelino Moreno ($10.0) scored a goal and added a ridiculous 8 bonus points (including two penalties earned) on the way to 16 points, leading the midfielders and all players. Just behind him were Ezequiel Barco (ATL, $7.4) and Luka Stojanovic (CHI, $4.5), who both scored two goals and 15 points. Julian Gressel ($9.5) led the D.C. midfield with 9 points, ahead of Junior Moreno ($7.0) with 5, the pair of Kevin Paredes ($5.5) and Drew Skundrich ($4.6) with 4, both Paul Arriola ($7.2) and Moses Nyeman ($4.0) with 3, Felipe Martins ($4.0) with 2, and Yamil Asad ($5.0) with 1.
A pair of 12-point players led the forwards, with DCU’s Yordy Reyna ($4.9) scoring twice and Kansas City’s Daniel Salloi ($9.4) pairing a goal with an assist. Reyna’s teammate, Ola Kamara ($10.1), rounded out the top three with 11 points on the strength of two goals. DCU’s remaining scoring forward was Griffin Yow ($4.1) with 1 point.
Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Orlando are all on bye this round, while everyone else plays once. Matt Turner (NE, $7.6) looks good in goal @ Toronto, and I’m going with San Jose’s Nathan ($8.9) in defense vs. Vancouver. Miami may have just beaten Nashville, but I like Maxi Morales (NYC, $9.2) in the midfield at home against Phil Neville’s side, and his teammate Valentin Castellanos ($8.6) quietly has two goals and three assists over his last four games, so look at him at forward.