Round 4 of MLS Fantasy Soccer: Manager brought a few great goals and some fantastic saves, even with several key players missing time because of international duty. Jackson led all players with 13 points in FC Dallas’s 2-0 victory against Real Salt Lake, but Chivas USA’s Edgar Mejía wasn’t far behind, notching 12 points in their 4-1 rout over the Chicago Fire. Six teams recorded clean sheets and every single player in the Dream Team had nine points or more. Through four rounds, five members of this weeks’ DT have secured a spot on the Overall Dream Team. Here’s the breakdown on our second consecutive 5-4-1 formation:
Round 4 Statistics
- Most Captained player: Chris Wondolowski (3,330 people)
- Transfers made: 29,335
- Wildcards played: 1,177
- # teams that scored 0 goals: 6
- # teams that scored 1 goals: 6
- # teams that scored 2+ goals: 4
- # clean sheets per round: 7, 2, 5, 6
- # goals scored per round: 24, 21, 17, 16
Dream Team formation: (5-4-1)
Top Player: Jackson (FC Dallas) – 13 points
The Columbus Crew’s Josh Williams ($5.3m) scored his second goal of the season, breaking free from D.C. United’s Brandon McDonald ($5.7m) on a set-piece swung in by Tyson Wahl ($4.5m). The other four defenders on this week's DT secured clean sheets. Sporting KC’s Ike Opara ($4.8m) got his first clean sheet of the season, but Matt Hedges ($5.0m), Aurélien Collin ($6.0m) and José Gonçalves ($5.5m) each got their second (10 other defenders had eight points – you can view them here).
Jackson ($7.5m) put on a show in Dallas, but Chivas USA’s Mejía ($7.0m) was just as good, notching bonus points on both sides of the ball in addition to his goal and assist. Mike Magee’s ($8.6m) price continues to climb, rising a league-leading $0.6m since the start of the season. Three of the four midfielders are on the Overall Dream Team at this point in time. Joaquín Velázquez ($4.9m) tallied nine points, rebounding from last week's sending-off (later rescinded) with a great game-winning goal for Chivas USA. Two other midfielders also had nine points – see the complete breakdown here.
Juan Agudelo ($8.1m) continues to be a dominating presence for Chivas USA up top, notching a goal and an assist in 90 minutes on Sunday. His goal was a thing of beauty, as the youngster knocked veteran Jeff Larentowicz off the ball and curled it into the side-netting around a diving Paolo Tornaghi. It’s definitely a candidate for Goal of the Week. See which forwards just missed the cut.
Goalkeeper – Matt Reis (New England Revolution)
Reis ($5.0m) landed a spot on this week's DT, but two other 'keepers also recorded nine points this round – Troy Perkins ($5.2m) and Carlo Cudicini ($5.5m). All three notched their second clean sheet of the season and all currently rank among the league's best with regards to total points.
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*Dream Team subject to change. All point totals are finalized Wednesday for Rounds ending on Sunday.