Ahh the double-dip: great with chips and dip, even better with MLS Fantasy. For the first time this season, we have teams playing two games in a week, and what a treat that will be for fantasy owners of Real Salt Lake and (to a lesser extent) Montreal Impact players. Twice as many games means twice as many opportunities for points, and with proper planning it can lead you to fantasy victory, where it otherwise may not have been possible.
Even if you decide against adding a player with double the average scoring potential, the deadline for all transfers this week is 8:45PM on Wednesday, so be sure to get your changes in on time. Continue reading below to see which players you should be focused on for Round 5.
Two to Add:
Fabian Espindola – Forward, Real Salt Lake ($9.6M)
The first chance to "double-dip" this season comes in Round Five, as both Real Salt Lake and the Montreal Impact play twice in the span of four days. While Montreal is struggling in its inaugural MLS campaign, RSL is off to a great start this season, and coming off a dramatic 3-2 win in Portland. Several RSL players would make good additions to your team, but Espindola offers the best potential reward (for $1.1M less than Alvaro Saborio).
Espindola has been as reliable as ever to start the season, contributing two goals and an assist in the team's first four games. The Argentine forward was left on the bench until the 70th minute against Portland, in a move that was almost certainly meant to keep Espindola fresh during this busy stretch of the team's schedule. The move paid off in the end, as he set up teammate Kyle Beckerman's spectacular 93rd minute winner.
The bottom line: With a game against a weak Montreal side, followed by a rivalry clash with Colorado, you'd bet on Espindola to score at least once, and have a big impact overall.
Tomorrow morning at 6:30 am ET (ESPN 2, ESPN3) the US Women’s National Team will face Japan on their opponent’s home turf and look to exact revenge after back-to-back losses to this Japanese team. The aforementioned losses include the Americans devastating World Cup final defeat that saw the US give away two leads and then dramatically “collapse” in penalties.
The Lady Yanks will also be taking on Brazil in the coming days, as part of this 3-team friendly tournament that features the top 3 teams in international Women’s football. US and Brazil have had a tumultuous past as well, propelled by the controversial yet exciting US World Cup quarterfinal win over Brazil. Thanks to Abby Wambach’s unbelievable header goal in the last seconds of that game, this match on Thursday (7 am ET) between the US and Brazil will have plenty of juice as well.
To get you ready for tomorrow’s match, I have recapped the last two meetings between the US and Japan as well as offer my analysis on what the Lady Yanks need to do in order to avoid losing 3 straight to Japan.no comments
Clint Dempsey was flying through the air Saturday, literally, as he celebrated his 13th Premier League goal with his patented "fist pump jump". The 1st minute goal proved important as Fulham defeated Norwich City 2-1. Dempsey also assisted on his club's second score, which ended up being the game-winner for the Cottagers.
Meanwhile, Eric Lichaj got his first Premier League start of the season for Aston Villa (last PL start was Dec. 28, 2010.) and made an immediate impression. The wing defender found the back of the net late in the 2nd half (80th min) to tie things up vs. Chelsea at two goals a piece. However in the end, Chelsea was just too much for Villa as goals from Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres followed Lichaj's finish to propel the Blues to the 4-2 win.no comments
For the first time this season, DC United looked inspired, finally showing the hustle and fight that optimized head coach Ben Olsen’s career when he wore the famous red and black as a player. Add to that some initiative and imagination, and United were able to dominate FC Dallas with some free flowing, quick touch soccer.
It took a while for DC to get into the game with the back-line having some nervy moments early. This created a couple chances for Dallas forward, Blas Perez, but United back-up goalkeeper Joe Willis came to the rescue time after time.
Around the 20th minute mark, United began to take control of the game with reigning MVP Dwayne DeRosario running the show just behind the forwards. In the first three games of the season, DeRo had too many defensive responsibilities. With the return of Perry Kitchen in defensive midfield, DeRosario was once again able to focus on staying higher up the pitch.
With FC Dallas following DeRo all over the pitch, a defender was often pulled out of the middle of the field, which opened up space for a black and red jersey to fill this open channel in the center of the park.
This is how Maicon Santos opened the scoring just before the half hour mark. As DeRo pulled out wide and played a quick ball into Santos, the former FC Dallas man took the space and put his former employers to the sword, unleashing a cracking drive into the upper left corner from 25 yards out.
At the other end, Ricardo Villar was playing a bit too far away from Perez for any real interplay to occur between the two forwards. But United’s defense is so shaky and unorganized, that it was no surprise that United’s back-line gifted Dallas a way back into the match just before halftime.no comments
The US U-17 Men’s National Team will play the Houston Dynamo Academy team in what is seen as a soft opening for the new BBVA stadium in Houston, TX. The match will take place on May 10th at 7:30 p.m. and will be for an audience of season ticket holders, sponsors and select guests only.
“To have the chance to be a part of the stadium opening in Houston will be a unique experience for our players,” said U.S. Under-17 MNT head coach Richie Williams. “The atmosphere and excitement around the event will add a different element to the opportunity of playing against a good opponent, and we’re thrilled to be invited.”
Earlier this year the U-17 US Men’s Residency program roster was finalized for the Spring 2012 semester. The 31 players selected will train on a full time basis at the residency program in Bradenton, FL. Currently the program is preparing for the 2013 U-17 CONCACAF Championship.
During the 2011 Nike International friendlies, held in December, several academy teams from across the country participated in training sessions directly led by US Soccer representatives while the U-17s competed in the annual friendly tournament against Turkey, Brazil and France.
Five players from these sessions, were chosen to train in Bradenton as a part of the residency program.
Additionally, there are 26 players representing 19 Development Academy clubs, with New York Red Bulls sending six players and Chivas USA and Concorde Fire providing two each. NC Alliance is the only other club to send two players.
The residency program is a full time training environment with part of the day dedicated to training and part of the day spent in the classroom at nearby St. Stephens Episcopal School.