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MLS Fantasy 2018: Gameweek 1 Preview - Sporting Kansas vs. NYCFC

MLS returns this weekend with 10 matches kicking off the 2018 campaign, and for many Fantasy players, we're nearing the business end of picking our teams. Ahead of the new season we will be previewing games, with an eye at looking at who will be playing for MLS Fantasy players, in hope of aiding their selection for the highly anticipated first Gameweek of the season. This preview focuses on Sporting Kansas City's home fixture against New York City FC. All aboard.

MLS Fantasy: Gameweek 1

For us in the UK, the first game of the weekend starts at 6pm, with current Supporters' Shield winners and MLS Cup holders Toronto FC going up against Columbus Crew.

Three teams will be missing this weekend, with Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, and New York Red Bulls, omitted from the discussion this week. You can check out the fixture list below.

You can also read all of our MLS Fantasy articles on our specialist page, by clicking here.

Gameweek 1: Sporting Kansas City vs. New York City FC

Gameweek 1 sees a fixture which can best be described as 'attack vs. defence', with Sporting Kansas City hosting Patrick Vieira's New York City FC side.

Sporting only conceded 29 goals last season in the regular season, the least of any MLS side in the regular season, and in MLS Fantasy terms their defensive assets are adored. Zusi and Opara in particular are top-billing defensive options and should probably be considered from the first kick of the season, though they open their campaign up against a side that is probably favourites to win the Supporters' Shield with Toronto, and against the best player in the league, forward David Villa.

Kansas have a good run of consistent fixtures, featuring in all of the first ten Gameweek's, and this week looks set to provide an interesting encounter set around Fantasy wits. Do you go for Sporting's defence, Villa, both, or none?

The encounter between the sides last season was won by a single goal, so this East vs. West clash could follow suit once more, and with it being the beginning of the season, it is probably best to back on at least one option from this game, just as the likes of Opara and David Villa will be highly selected.

2017 Results: SKC/NYC

September 6th 2017 - New York City FC 1-0 Sporting Kansas

Sporting Kansas City

Manager: Peter Vermes

Likely Formation: 4-3-3

Starting 11


GK - Tim Melia - $6.0 million


LB - Cristian Lobato - $6.0 million (listed as a Midfielder)

CB - Matt Besler - $6.0 million

CB - Ike Opara - $6.0 million

RB - Graham Zusi - $6.0 million


CM/CDM - Illie Sanchez - $8.0 million

CM - Felipe Gutierrez - $8.0 million

CM - Roger Espinoza - $7.5 million

LW - Yohan Croizet - $8.5 million

RW - Johnny Russell - $7.5 million


CF - Diego Rubio - $8.0 million

Remaining Squad


GK - Eric Dick - $4.0 million

GK - Adrian Zendejas - $4.0 million


LB - Seth Sinovic - $5.5 million

RB - Colton Storm - $4.5 million

CB - Brad Evans - $5.0 million

CB - Seth Sinovic - $5.0 million

CB - Amer Didic - $4.5 million

CB - Jaylin Lindsey - $4.0 million


CM - Jimmy Medranda - $6.5 million

CDM - James Musa - $5.0 million

CF - Daniel Salloi - $5.5 million (listed as a Midfielder)


LW - Gerso Fernandes - $7.5 million

LW - Khiry Shelton - $6.5 million

LW - Kharlton Belmar - $4.5 million

CF - Gianluca Busio - $4.0 million

New York City FC

Manager: Patrick Vieira

Likely Formation: 4-3-3

Starting 11


GK - Sean Johnson - $5.5 million


LB - Ronald Matarrita - $5.5 million

CB - Alexander Callens - $5.5 million

CB - Maxime Chanot - $5.5 million

RB - Anton Tinnerholm - $5.0 million


CM - Alexander Ring - $8.0 million

CM - Yangel Herrera - $6.5 million

CAM - Maxi Moralez - $9.5 million

LW - Rodney Wallace - $7.5 million

RW - Jesus Medina - $9.0 million


CF - David Villa - $11.0 million

Remaining Squad


GK - Jeff Caldwell - $4.0 million

GK - Andre Rawls - $4.5 million

GK - Brad Stuver - $4.5 million


LB - Ben Sweat - $4.5 million

RB - Saad Abdul-Salaam - $4.5 million

CB - Cedric Hountondji - $5.0 million

CB - Sebastien Ibeagha - $4.5 million


CDM - James Sands - $4.5 million

CM - Ebenezer Ofori - $6.0 million

CM - Kwame Awuah - $4.5 million

LW - Thomas McNamara - $6.5 million


RW - Ismael Tajouri - $7.5 million

RW - Jonathan Lewis - $6.0 million

CF - Jo Inge Berget - $7.5 million

The 2018 MLS Fantasy Season

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