the season is 30 games long. Two years ago, on opening day, Brian Ching had four goals and Dwayne DeRosario had four assists and we were about 500 points behind all the people who had them on their team. So what happened? Well, we kept on playing our game ... and we ended up winning the Grand Prize! So don't give up. Keep working your plan, and your big week will come so that you can catch up.
Who are the sleepers this year that are low-priced, but might be starting for their team? This week we'll give you one from each team to look for:
Bakary Soumare (CHI); Shavar Thomas (CHV); Omar Cummings (COL); Adam Moffat (CLB); Andre Rocha (DAL); Marc Burch (DC); Chris Wondolowski (HOU); Tyson Wahl (KC); Alvaro Pires (LA); Kenny Mansally (NE); Danleigh Borman (NY); Yura Movsisyan (RSL); Kei Kamara (SJ); Brian Edwards (TOR). This week's Top XI for points:
Goalkeeper: Zach Wells (DC). Zach plays at home against the offensively challenged Toronto FC, which was shutout by Columbus this past weekend. Looks like a shutout and win points here.
Defender: Chad Marshall (CLB). The Columbus defender had an outstanding game against Toronto FC. The game against New York this coming week will be a tougher test, but Chad can handle their offense. At $325,000 he could be a little expensive but the Crew are a confident team, capable of upsetting anyone.
Defender: Jonathan Bornstein (CHV). This was a poor call last week, but we feel with Bornstein being at home against an RSL team that had a hard time scoring on the road last year, that he will do well here. Plus, Chivas USA only allowed eight goals at home last season in 15 games.
Defender: Marc Burch (DC). Another defender who did not have a good first week, but is playing at home against a team that does not play well on the road. His overlaps on the left side were dangerous.
Midfielder: David Beckham (LA). We picked him last week and he didn't do well, but this week the Galaxy play the expansion San Jose team and should improve at The Home Depot Center. If his performance flops again this week, we might give up on "sexy" football for some time.
Midfielder: Marcelo Gallardo (DC). The former Argentinean national team member looked dangerous this past week against K.C., put could not convert. His fortunes should change against a Toronto team using a rookie 'keeper who looked a little shaky at times last week.
Midfielder: Dwayne De Rosario (HOU). DeRo plays at home this week, which really should improve his output. He looked dangerous against New England, but just couldn't finish. Two years ago he had a spectacular home opener. Can he do it again?
Midfielder: Sacha Kljestan (CHV). Chivas USA is going against an RSL team that played well last week, but will be away from home this week. Kljestan looked tired against FC Dallas after playing games on the 20th and 23rd for the U.S. under-23 team that qualified for the Olympics. Having a full week between games should help.
Forward: Luciano Emilio (DC). Emilio's fortunes should change this week playing against Toronto FC. Playing on a bigger pitch than they played on this past week in K.C. should help this creative D.C. team. Emilio scored in his home opener last year. Will it be a repeat performance?
Forward: Landon Donovan (LA). Playing against the rival Earthquakes should help Landon come out of his funk. We believe Cochrane and Garcia's physicality will shut down Ruiz (if he plays), but should open up space for Landon.
Forward: Juan Pablo Angel (NY). This guy is a scoring machine. He is playing at home and will have an extra week of well rested legs.
Tip of the Week: Start putting your players from KC and NE onto your team now, since next week they play two games, and you will get the chance for more points that week.
Our official teams for Week 2:
GK Jon Busch; DF Stephen Keel; DF Tyson Wahl; DF Marc Burch; MF Sacha Kljestan; MF Carlos Marinelli; MF Eddie Gaven; MF David Beckham; FW Luciano Emilio; FW Landon Donovan; FW Kenny Cooper. Coach Tom Soehn. Bench: Will Hesmer, Arturo Alvarez, Kenny Mansally
GK Jon Busch from Bench to Goalkeeper; Traded Chance Myers for Tyson Wahl; Traded Carlos Ruiz for Landon Donovan; Traded Chad Marshall for Stephen Keel
GK Zach Wells; DF Marc Burch; DF Stephen Keel; DF Tyson Wahl; MF Stuart Holden; MF Sacha Kljestan; MF Cuauhtemoc Blanco; MF David Beckham; F Luciano Emilio; F Landon Donovan; F Claudio Lopez; Coach Ruud Gullit. Bench: GK Jon Busch; MF Dax McCarty; GK Will Hesmer
Roster Moves Traded MF Devon McTavish for GK Zach Wells; Traded F Carlos Ruiz for F Claudio Lopez; Traded D Chance Myers for D Stephen Keel; GK Zach Wells from Bench to Goalkeeper
Next week's focus: We take a look at the forwards who are undervalued.