MLS Fantasy: Top players choke, unheralded players shine like you wouldn't expect

Fantasy Manager: Clint Irwin

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With just minutes left to go until D.C. United recorded their second away clean sheet on the season, Sporting KC’s new Designated Player, Claudio Bieler, struck again – scoring his fourth goal in six games to start the 2013 MLS season.

Now, with just one game left to go in Round 7 of MLS Fantasy Soccer: Manager (Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls, 5 pm ET on ESPN2), here’s a recap of all the leaders in every major fantasy category from each game played so far.

Sporting KC 1, DC United 0

  • Goals scored: Claudio Bieler
  • Assists: Soony Sadd
  • Yellow Cards: Chance Myers, Oriol Rosell Argerich, Bill Hamid, Dejan Jakovic, Rafael
  • Key Passes: Three players with (2)
  • Crosses: Graham Zusi (4)
  • CBI’s: Aurélien Collin (23)
  • Recoveries: Bill Hamid (17)
  • Error leading to goal: Marcos Sánchez

Toronto FC 2, FC Dallas 2

  • Goals scored: Andrew Jacobson, Blas Pérez, Justin Braun, Darel Russell
  • Assists: Jackson, Kenny Cooper, Justin Braun
  • Yellow Cards: Luis Silva, Darel Russell, Justin Braun, Hogan Ephraim, Jair Benítez, Andrew Jacobson, Fabián Castillo
  • Key Passes: Michel (3)
  • Crosses: Four players with (1)
  • CBI’s: Matt Hedges (15)
  • Recoveries: Raúl Fernández (11)
  • Big Chances Created: Jackson

Columbus Crew 1, Philadelphia Union 1

  • Goals scored: Jack McInerney, Dominic Oduro
  • Assists: Danny Cruz, Eddie Gaven
  • Yellow Cards: Gláuber, Tyson Wahl, Matías Sánchez, Federico Higuaín, Sheanon Williams, Keon Daniel
  • Key Passes: Dominic Oduro (3)
  • Crosses: Tyson Wahl, Keon Daniel (2)
  • CBI’s: Jeff Parke (17)
  • Recoveries: Andy Gruenebaum (14)
  • Big Chances Created: Danny Cruz (2), Brian Carroll, Dominic Oduro
  • Big Chances Fluffed: Jack McInerney, Conor Casey, Josh Williams, Eddie Gaven, Dominic Oduro
  • Error leading to goal: Zac MacMath

Colorado Rapids 1, Real Salt Lake 0

  • Goals scored: Atiba Harris
  • Assists: Edson Buddle
  • Yellow Cards: Klute
  • Key Passes: Brian Mullan (3)
  • Crosses: Brian Mullan, Dillon Powers, Javier Morales (2)
  • CBI’s: Chris Schuler (10)
  • Recoveries: Kyle Beckerman, Hendry Thomas (10)
  • Big Chances Created: Sebastian Velasquez, Kyle Beckerman, Nick LaBrocca, Edson Buddle
  • Big Chances Fluffed: Álvaro Saborío (3)
  • Penalties Saved: Clint Irwin

Portland Timbers 2, Houston Dynamo 0

  • Goals scored: Ryan Johnson (2)
  • Assists: Diego Chará, Darlington Nagbe
  • Yellow Cards: Andrew Driver, Mikaël Silvestre
  • Key Passes: Five players with (2)
  • Crosses: Brad Davis, Andrew Driver (2)
  • CBI’s: Bobby Boswell (14)
  • Recoveries: Donovan Ricketts, Tally Hall (10)
  • Big Chances Created: Diego Chará, Andrew Driver
  • Big Chances Fluffed: Cam Weaver

San Jose Earthquakes 1, Vancouver Whitecaps 1

  • Goals scored: Chris Wondolowski, Corey Hertzog
  • Assists: Alan Gordon
  • Yellow Cards: Ramiro Corrales, Rafael Baca, Steven Lenhart, Mike Fucito, Alain Rochat, Russell Teibert
  • Key Passes: Young-Pyo Lee (4)
  • Crosses: Sam Cronin (3)
  • CBI’s: Brad Rusin (19)
  • Recoveries: Joe Cannon (17)
  • Big Chances Created: Alan Gordon
  • Big Chances Fluffed: Chris Wondolowski

So, how is your team doing in Round 7 so far? Did you expect Portland’s Johnson and Colorado’s Irwin to be the top point-getters going into the final game weekend? Did Toronto’s two late goals ruin your clean sheet points for FC Dallas’ Michel and Hedges? Let us know how your team is doing in the comments below!

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