Even though the New York Red Bulls were idle this weekend, it doesn't mean there wasn't any soccer to watch. Week 2 of the MLS season brought about a few surprising results. There was the 3-3 scoring fest with the Philadelphia Union drawing even with Real Salt Lake. A seemingly 1-1 draw turned into a 2-1 advantage for the Portland Timbers in the 90th, only to have that quickly squandered by the LA Galaxy to bring it back even to 2-2 in stoppage time. And the Seattle Sounders.... LOST?!? To the San Jose Earthquakes??? The eight MLS games this weekend produced 25 goals, which isn't too shabby. Here are this week's top performers:
Chris Seitz: GK; FC Dallas - 9 points (Previous week - 7 points)
Goalkeepers who represent the Dream Team normally sport a clean sheet as one of their weekend achievements. Not so for Seitz as FC Dallas defeated Sporting Kansas City 3-1. Where Seitz grabbed over half of his fantasy points was his ability to contribute to Dom Dwyer's scoreless streak, by snubbing his PK attempt in the 79th minute. Dallas currently sit as the top team in MLS with two wins in two games.
Waylon Francis: DEF; Columbus Crew SC - 11 points (Previous week - 2 points)
Francis made his presence known all over the field in the Columbus Crew's surprise 2-0 shutout over powerhouse, Toronto FC. Taking advantage of 10-man Toronto all second half, Francis used the extra space to set up a Kei Kamara's 61st minute strike, which added to Columbus' other tally four minutes earlier. The combination of assist, clean sheet and attacking bonus made him this week's best performing defender.
Javier Morales: MID; Real Salt Lake- 15 points (Previous week - 4 points)
This week's top dog belonged to RSL's Javier Morales. The Philadelphia Union could not stop him, or even hoped to contain him. Morales turned in a one goal, one assist performance, and also contributed a staggering five attacking bonus points. The game ended in a 3-3 draw at RioT.
Three strikers tallied 12 points this week (Dallas' Blas Perez, Portland's Fanendo Adi and New York City FC's David Villa). Perez and Adi matched braces, while Villa contributed a goal and assist, with some attacking points. Portland drew LA 2-2, while NYCFC defeated New England 2-0.
Week 2 stars Seitz (16), Morales (19) and Perez (20) are holding steady on the overall season Dream Team. Only Clint Dempsey (26) has more total points than Perez.
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