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MLS Fantasy 2018: Gameweek 1 Preview - Vancouver vs. Montreal

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 Vancouver Whitecaps's home fixture against Canadian rivals Montreal Impact. United. 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: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Montreal Impact

Former Wolves and Sunderland midfielder, Carl Robinson, found a route into management via MLS, and has been in charge of Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps since December 2013, entering his 5th season in charge of the club.

Without trying to sound damning about the type of football that Vancouver will play this season, the club are long-ball specialists, expected to score from set-pieces, and will hit teams on the counter attack after absorbing pressure. This exact strategy is utilised by West Brom in the Premier League, and it is the most apt comparison, only Vancouver were successful in MLS last season.

Robinson's side finished 3rd in the Western Conference, and finished just one point off the top of the division, with the team collapsing in the final weeks, and during a play-off conference semi-finals against Seattle Sounders.

In MLS Fantasy the side have an interesting home encounter against a Canadian rival in Montreal Impact, who are managed by former Aston Villa manager, Remi Garde, who is heading into his first season.

Kei Kamara is the target man in the box for Vancouver and could cause Impact's defence a lot of worry on opening day, but that is dependant on if he receives the service from wider areas, and set pieces. Kamara has spent most of his career in MLS as a journeyman, and had a spell playing for Middlesbrough in the 2013/14 season, scoring 4 goals in 25 appearances.

Vancouver also have cheap options in Aaron Maund ($4.5m) in central defence, and Alphonso Davies ($5.5m) on the left wing.

As for Garde, he's going to put a lot of emphasis in youth this season, and will most likely be building a new core this season. Aside from the veteran Piatti, who will be stationed out on the left, the squad is young.

What is worrying among Montreal fans is the shortage of central defending options at the club, which makes this tie potentially interesting for a Kei Kamara to open his account for Vancouver with a bang, and that's why we think Vancouver will likely nick this game in what will be a tight and fiesty affair in Canada.

2017 Results: VAN/MON

April 29th 2017: Montreal Impact 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps

Vancouver Whitecaps

Manager: Carl Robinson

Likely Formation: 4-2-3-1

Starting 11


GK - Stefan Marinovic - $5.5 million


LB - Marcel de Jong - $5.0 million

CB - Aaron Maund - $4.5 million

CB - Kendall Waston - $6.0 million

RB - Jake Nerwinski - $5.0 million


CM/CDM - Efrain Juarez - $7.5 million

CM/CDM - Aly Ghazal - $6.5 million

LM - Alphonso Davies - $5.5 million

RM - Cristian Techera - $8.5 million

CAM - Yordy Reyna - $9.5 million


CF - Kei Kamara - $8.5 million

Remaining Squad


GK - Spencer Richey - $4.0 million

GK - Brian Rowe - $4.5 million


LB/LW - Brek Shea - $4.5 million (listed as a Defender)

RB - Sean Franklin - $4.5 million

CB - Jose Aja - $5.0 million

CB - Doneil Henry - $4.5 million (injured)

CM - Brett Levis - $4.0 million (listed as a Defender)

Tim Parker’s future is up in the air, and he’s unlikely to feature on Sunday, which leaves Aaron Maund likely to start alongside club captain Kendall Waston.


CDM - Russell Teibert - $6.0 million

CDM - Deybi Flores - $5.0 million

CM - David Norman Jr. - $4.0 million

RM/RW - Bernie Ibini - $7.0 million

RM/RW - Nicolas Mezquida - $6.0 million


CF - Anthony Blondell - $8.0 million

CF - Erik Hurtado - $6.5 million

CF - Myer Bevan - $4.5 million

Montreal Impact

Manager: Remi Garde

Likely Formation: 4-2-3-1

Starting 11


GK - Evan Bush - $5.0 million


LB - Jukka Raitala - $4.5 million

CB - Victor Cabrera - $5.0 million

CB - Daniel Lovitz - $4.5 million

RB - Michael Petrasso - $4.5 million


CM/CDM - Samuel Piette - $7.5 million

CM/CDM - Saphir Taïder - $8.0 million

RM - Raheem Edwards - $6.0 million

LM - Ignacio Piatti - $10.5 million

CAM - Jeisson Vargas - $8.5 million


CF - Matteo Mancosu - $7.0 million

Remaining Squad


GK - Jason Beaulieu - $4.5 million

GK - Clement Diop - $4.0 million


RB - Chris Duvall - $5.0 million

CB - Kyle Fisher - $4.5 million

CB - Thomas Meilleur-Giguere - $4.5 million

There is a battle with Petrasso and Duvall for the right back spot, so this is the only area of potential rotation, but pre-season suggests that Petrasso will get the nod against Vancouver.


CDM - Marco Donadel - $6.0 million

CM - Shamit Shome - $4.5 million

CM - Ken Krolicki - $4.5 million

LM - Louis Beland-Goyette - $5.0 million

LM/LW - David Choiniere - $5.0 million

RW/CF - Michael Salazar - $5.5 million


RW/CF - Dominic Oduru - $6.0 million

CF - Anthony Jackson-Hamel - $6.5 million

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