MLS Fantasy: Who were big winners & losers from midweek New York Red Bulls-Sporting KC clash?
The first double-game-week of MLS Fantasy Soccer: Manager kicked off Wednesday night with the New York Red Bulls taking on Sporting KC. If you weren't able to catch it, there's quite a bit you missed. Here's the rundown of the winners and losers from Wednesday night's game.
Top Scorer - Aurélien Collin - 15 points (If you gave him the armband, he got you 30)
Big Winners - Sporting KC
- Aurélien Collin - (15 points) Top scorer in FS:M for Round 8 so far. He netted the lone goal by out-musciling Jámison Olave in the 13th minute on a corner kick sent in by set-piece specialist Graham Zusi.
- Graham Zusi - (10 points) Added two big chances to his total and extended his lead in both crosses and key passes. He's currently averaging more than nine points per game and doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
- Jimmy Nielsen - (7 points) Came up with some big saves at point blank range and successfully notched his fifth consecutive clean sheet. He hasn't scored less than six points in a game since March 9.
Big Losers - New York Red Bulls
- Jámison Olave - (One point) Exited the game in the 33rd minute with an injury to his left knee and limped off on his own will, but the 31-year-old's status for Saturday's game is uncertain to say the least. Head coach Mike Petke believes it's just a hyperextension, but is still awaiting for official confirmation from the MRI.
- Thierry Henry - (One point) Had some chances and missed a big one. His big chance fluffed could've given fantasy owners who gave him the armband something to cheer about.
- Juninho - (Two points) Picked up multiple bonus points on the attacking side of the ball, setting up chances for his teammates on several occassions. His straight red card in stoppage time for striking the ball at Jimmy Nielsen, incurred a three-point penalty, leaving fantasy owners with their jaws dropped.
All is not lost if you invested in NYRB players. The Red Bulls face a New England Revolution team that is struggling to find the net, scoring just one time in their first five games of the 2013 MLS season. On the other hand, they've been stingy when it comes to letting others score as well; only two goals given up in five games.
Hopefully Thierry Henry and Fabián Espíndola will be able to work with each other better on Saturday because it could be a very painful weekend for fantasy owners if they don't.