A lot of action came in round five, most notably in Sporting Kansas City's two-goal extra time triumph over the Philadelphia Union in their 3-2 win. A lot of different FMLS transfer and philosophy decisions were either debunked or renewed in that game that included FMLS point leader Ike Opara and the struggling Dom Dwyer.
For those that #DaredToOpara and captained him this round, including myself, I hope you're enjoying your two bonus points for a whopping total of four from the SKC defender. Meanwhile, Benny Feilhaber led the charge this round with 12 points, including two assists from set pieces. I contemplated captaining him, but ultimately made the wrong decision by going with the pack on Opara. Dom Dwyer made his first real impact of the season by netting his first of the season to give some life into Dwyer backers in FMLS.
In other FMLS news around the league, the combination of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins is still as deadly as ever after both missed MLS action last week with injuries. That duo is going to be deadly for the rest of the year, and I don't see them slowing down. The Whitecaps dismantled a good LA Galaxy team with the main group of Rivero and Morales scoring in the points department. A hot Giovinco and a disappointing Jozy Altidore fell to the Chicago Fire, who were thought to be this year's FMLS flop but are beginning to find their own through Harrison Shipp, Shaun Maloney, and Jeff Larentowicz.
Orlando City and Kaka owners weren't able to find a goal against DC United after dominating most of the game. A late Luis Silva free-kick added insult to injury for Orlando backers in FMLS. Silva was playing his first minutes of the season against Orlando and was ultimately the difference.
Round Six Look Ahead
Your key to round six will be to look at the approaching double game weeks of both the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Columbus Crew. Double the games mean double the points, so you often want to accompany one of these players with a captaincy. You want the players you know that will, or have the best chance of playing the full 180 minutes. On this list I would put the Whitecaps' Kendall Waston, Pedro Morales, David Ousted (if you need a goaltender), and the Crew's Hernan Grana, Michael Parkhurst and goalkeeper Steve Clark. It could even stretch out to forwards Octavio Rivero and Kei Kamara, but forwards and midfielders have the best chance of being subbed out. I'd look to the back end for more consistency. Columbus' Frederico Higuain is unfortunately still suspended.
If you've been looking towards this round since the beginning, you've probably done some of the work already by bringing in some of these players earlier in the first few rounds. I've been relying on Vancouver heavily, so I've already got Morales, Rivero, and I have Clark in net from the Crew. I'll use my two transfers to strengthen my team's appearance in those DGW games. This should be the major motivation for all FMLS managers this round.
In terms of the captaincy, I'm most likely going to give it to Waston, as his defensive bonuses will cover a decent amount of points even if the Whitecaps lose the clean sheet. Regardless of whether you choose Waston, your captaincy should go to one of these DGW players. Give it to a player who has twice the chance at points, because math.