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Robbie Keane did it again.
For MLS Fantasy owners, Thursday night's finale (LA vs. Columbus) was somewhat of a nail-biter. In the end, Keane scored two penalty kicks (85', 92') to give the Galaxy a 2-1 victory, finishing the night with 12 points. Owners who captained Keane finished the evening with a sigh of relief and a huge smile. Those who didn't were not nearly so thrilled.
Round 19 Statistics
- Top Fantasy Score: 108 points
- Average Fantasy Score: 46 points
- # teams that scored 0 goals: 4
- # teams that scored 1 goals: 3
- # teams that scored 2+ goals: 9
- # clean sheets per round: 7, 2, 5, 6, 3, 3, 6, 6, 4, 7, 7, 4, 5, 4, 3, 5, 7, 3, 4
- # goals scored per round: 24, 21, 17, 16, 22, 16, 14, 22, 27, 17, 41, 29, 27, 26, 16, 25, 17, 27, 24
Dream Team formation: (5-2-3)
Top Player: Nathan Sturgis – 13 points
Once again defenders failed to dominate, however there were a few that stood out in particular. Nathan Sturgis (13 points) led all players with a goal and a clean sheet in Colorado's 2-0 win against the New York Red Bulls. Aurélien Collin (10 points) scored a goal as well in Sporting KC's 1-1 tie with Vancouver. The only other defender to get on the stat sheet was Chris Klute (10 points). Germán Mera and Jair Benítez tallied 8-point efforts, but Seattle's Djimi Traoré and Montreal's Hassoun Camara did as well.
Only two midfielders managed double-digit outings this round; Javier Morales (11 points) and Dilly Duka (10 points). Seven other players notched seven points or more in Round 19.
Robbie Keane wasn't the only forward with a two-goal effort this round. This time, five forwards tallied 10 points or more. Seattle's Obafemi Martins (12 points) has six goals on the season and five goals in his last seven games. Philadelphia's Conor Casey has six goals on the season and four goals in his last four games. Toronto's Jeremy Brockie (11 points) and Montreal's Andrés Romero (10 points) had surprise performances, but it wasn't enough to earn them a spot on this week's DT.
Goalkeeper – Raúl Fernández (9 points)
Only one keeper had a clean sheet with three games left to go in Round 19. In the end, four managed to grab clean sheets. Fernández barely beat out Seattle's Michael Gspurning and Chivas' Dan Kennedy to earn his league-leading fourth Dream Team nod. For Kennedy, this was his first clean sheet of the 2013 season.
Congratulations to Trevor Redpath (ALABAMA PHANTOMS) who finished Round 19 with 108 points. Trevor had six players from this week's Dream Team, including his captain, Javier Morales.
*Dream Team subject to change. All point totals are finalized Friday for Rounds ending on Wednesday.