What better way to celebrate Independence Day than to dabble in DraftKings action for America's premier world football league? The MLS is back with six matches on Saturday, and there's no shortage of suitable daily fantasy options.
There are some noticeable absences from squads with international duty snatching up many of the marquee players, but that inevitably opens the door for lower-salary players to shine in their place. With that said, here are a few names to target for July 4.
F: Cyle Larin, Orlando City ($8,200) and Kekuta Manneh, Vancouver ($5,800)
Kaka may still run the show, but someone has to finish his scoring chances, and Cyle Larin is more than willing to oblige. Two of his six goals on the year have come in the last three games. With Orlando City losing just one match in the last seven weeks, they should cruise against Real Salt Lake—who owns the league's third-worst goal differential—and feed Larin a plethora of opportunities.
The forward slot isn't typically the smartest place to save salary, but Kekuta Manneh offers much more than that. His last four DK point totals—6, 15, 17 and 12—have dazzled despite falling below $5,000 during that stretch. Western Conference-leading Vancouver should dismantle Colorado ...
"Somebody stop the damn match."Brilliant work from Sporting Kansas City, who decided on a unique twist when uploading highlights of their big 6-2 win over FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup. Why not get WWE commentator Jim Ross to call all of the goals?Enjoy![YouTube: Sporting Kansas City]Read more MLS news on BleacherReport.com
It is early days, but it looks like Steven Gerrard is enjoying Tinseltown.
The Liverpool star happily posed for photos and signed autographs outside a restaurant in Los Angeles ahead of his LA Galaxy debut.
At one point, one of the paps could even be heard saying: "You're nicer than Beckham."
Let's see if he can have a bigger impact on the pitch.
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Brazilian legend Kaka scored with a trademark classy finish as Orlando City beat Columbus Crew 2-0 in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup on Monday.The ex-AC Milan and Real Madrid man opened the scoring after 21 minutes, before Carlos Rivas outdid the former World Player of the Year by smashing home a second from 25 yards.Kaka became the newly established Orlando City's first Designated Player when he signed in 2014. He was initially loaned to former club Sao Paulo, before returning for the start of Orlando's inaugural MLS season.[H/T 101 Great Goals]Read more MLS news on BleacherReport.com
MLS' Rivalry Week lived up to its billing after some monumental results. The Portland Timbers capped off the weekend with an emphatic 4-1 home win over the depleted Seattle Sounders.
The victory came just four days after the Timbers were embarrassed 5-0 by the L.A. Galaxy, who lost 3-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes in the California Clasico.
Elsewhere, Toronto FC earned four more points with a victory over their Canadian rivals, the Montreal Impact, and a draw versus D.C. United.
The Vancouver Whitecaps recorded their third away win in a row after a narrow 2-1 triumph over the 10-man New England Revolution on Saturday. As a result, the Whitecaps sit alone at the top of the Western Conference.
Due to these results, the power rankings have been significantly altered and may contain a few surprises this week.Begin Slideshow
With a plethora of attacking stars shining on a weekly basis in Major League Soccer, choosing the top player in our weekly MLS Player Rankings is no easy task.
After Week 17, two worthy contenders had reasonable cases to claim the No. 1 position. The closest race for the top spot this season was eventually determined by production in front of the net over the last seven days.
On top of the battle for No. 1, a few rising stars of the league surged up the rankings based on their recent production, while a few guys finally made their worthy debuts on the list of the top 20 players in MLS for their body of work and great play this week.
Continue reading to see who earned spots in the latest MLS Player Rankings.Begin Slideshow
Week 17 in Major League Soccer was billed as Rivalry Week. In the five major clashes between rivals this week, the stars of the league rose to the occasion and delivered brilliant performances.
One of the top showings of the week, which began on Wednesday, came from the final match as Portland bested Seattle 4-1 in a Cascadia Cup showdown. Thanks to the play of Darlington Nagbe and Fanendo Adi, the Timbers were able to take three points from the Sounders.
Elsewhere in the league, a young center back handed the New York Red Bulls a magnificent 90-minute shift. and the San Jose Earthquakes received plenty of quality from one of their designated players.
Because a majority of the teams played in two matches in Week 17, we judged some players on their cumulative performance.
Continue reading to see who earned spots in our latest MLS Team of the Week. Begin Slideshow
Real Salt Lake scored what arguably might the best set-piece goal of the year against the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.
In the 35th minute, Salt Lake's Luke Mulholland passed the free-kick to his teammate in the box, who then flicked it to the another teammate, who then headed to the final teammate, who tapped it in.
Teamwork makes the dream work.
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It was in the high 80s at Sporting Park on Saturday night for Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids-Sporting Kansas City match. What better way to cool off than getting sprayed by water?During the 47th minute, the match was paused when the sprinklers came on, and it didn't resume until they were turned off—and not until the players got nice and soaked.Each team's Twitter account had some fun with the situation:Sporting Kansas City went on to win, 2-0. [Twitter, Vine, h/t SB Nation]Read more MLS news on BleacherReport.com
A majority of Major League Soccer just recently wrapped up a midweek slate of games on Wednesday, but the schedule isn't slowing down with a six-match slate flooding DraftKings with Saturday MLS action.
One local derby graces the schedule as the Los Angeles Galaxy host the nearby San Jose Earthquakes, but there are also two inter-conference matchups to up the intrigue even further. For DraftKings prominence, take a close look at these value picks.
F: Octavio Rivero, Vancouver ($9,100) and Krisztian Nemeth, Kansas City ($6,500)
Octavio Rivero is worth every penny of the $9,100 salary that should constitute your most expensive pick of Saturday's slate. His Vancouver side faces a New England Revolution squad that has conceded 14 goals in their last eight games—with just one win in that span. Rivero and Vancouver didn't play in the midweek, keeping him fresh for Saturday.
In his last 90-minute outing, Krisztian Nemeth dominated Dallas with a goal and an assist for 26 DK points. Having surpassed 14 points in five of his last 10 appearances and facing a Colorado squad with one win in its last eight matches, Nemeth should feast again.
M: Michael Bradley, Toronto ($6,300) and Diego Fagundez, New England ($5,500)
Michael Bradley is taking his ...