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After a short summer break, the Sorare Academy is back this weekend. And now we’re going stateside!

To celebrate the Academy’s return, there is double the normal number of prizes in this free-to-play game – so don’t miss the 11am BST Friday deadline for your latest opportunity.

And if you’re new to MLS, guest writer MDJ is here with this who’s who.

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Sorare Academy x Major League Soccer

The return of the European leagues is still some way off so we’re shifting our focus to MLS. 

When you think of it, you might picture David Beckham or perhaps the strange penalty format that had the attacking player running at the goal from 35 yards out. The truth is that MLS has evolved a lot in the 27 years it’s been around but one thing hasn’t changed – it’s still a heck of a lot of fun to watch.

Wage caps and the franchise structure of the MLS mean the teams are more evenly balanced and although the overall quality is still a little below that of the main European teams, it has improved exponentially since those early days. And they do penalties like the rest of us now!

Anyway, what’s not to like about having a bit of football to fill the summer gap? Especially when there are prizes to be won.

To celebrate our return, we’re doubling the prizes on offer this weekend.

A grand total of 30 managers will win cards for this weekend only. These will be MLS Sorare cards of Limited scarcity, which can either be used in the main Sorare game or traded on the market. Remember that we’re completely free to play and it only takes a few minutes to pick your team of five players.

The form teams

New to MLS? There are 28 teams in the league, split into Eastern and Western Conferences. That’s a lot to take in so consider this your crash course as we run through four of the teams that are currently hot and some of the players to look out for.

New York City FC

Does something seem familiar about this team? You’re right. They are co-owned by City Football Group and have the same swagger about them as their Mancunian sister club. 

New York City is one of the best teams in the league at the moment and are sitting top of the Eastern Conference. 

Taty (Valentin) Castellanos is the main man up front with seven league goals already. He needs a couple of them to score highly but is more than capable of doing that.

He’s supported by Santiago Rodriguez – a reliable midfield engine who scores highly for his all-round play, as well as being likely to grab a goal or an assist. Additionally, Sean Johnson is a solid goalkeeper.

Los Angeles FC

Current MLS leaders are Los Angeles FC. Their top goalscorer is ex-Arsenal player, Carlos Vela. 

He’s dynamite when on the pitch but recurring injury problems have led to spells on the bench, so always check his current status before putting him into your team.

One of their chief creators is José Cifuentes, who has three assists so far. Giorgio Chiellini will be arriving from Juventus at the start of July to add some extra steel to their defence. 

Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia are a great team and have been for a while. Consistent and hard to break down, their defence is key to their success so that’s where you might want to focus your attention. 

Kai Wagner is one of the most in-form defenders at the moment. He scores well for his all-round play, particularly his attacking threat down the left wing.

He’s on two assists so far this season but is likely to add to that over the coming weeks. Even without decisiveness, he’s more than capable of 60+ scores. 

Philadelphia’s keeper, Andre Blake, is one of the best in the MLS too. 

FC Dallas

Dallas were poor last year but have started 2022 with a bang and are currently second in the Western Conference. 

If you’re looking for consistency, Paul Arriola is your man. He’s got one of the highest averages of any player over the last five games and has had either a goal or an assist in each of his last six games.

Jesus Ferreira is worth considering, being the team’s top scorer with nine goals (and he just netted four times in a match for the USA national team).

My team for the weekend

I fancy Nashville and LA Galaxy to benefit from home advantage this weekend, so my choices are influenced by that. 

Over to you – who are you going to choose this weekend? Don’t forget it’s double prizes too so make sure you enter your teams before the 11am Friday deadline.

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Adam @ Football Trader Adam has been scouting for and trading in football games for far too long and for far too many hours. He has a particular interest in the big 5 European Leagues as well as lesser known ones like the Eredivisie, Primeira Liga and even the MLS. Before he managed to somehow make a living by writing about football, he spent ~10 years as a Ministerial adviser and project/risk manager for the UK Government including the Foreign Office and MOD. When not buried in xG spreadsheets he plays too many computer games, lifts heavy things in the gym and attempts to cultivate a handsome beard.”

90 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 10 hours ago

    Cancelo + TAA set n forget??

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 10 hours ago

      Cancelo stopped returning and Robertson looked much better than Trent in the run in, so no.

      If they in form you ought to have atleast one but neither of them is dare I say it.... "essential".

      1. zeslinguer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 29 mins ago

        Did Robertson really look better? TAA had the better stats in the latter half of the season, I thought Robertson only outperformed him through variance.

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          13 days, 13 mins ago

          I had Robertson and absolutely loved him, just checked since GW22 Robertson had 5 double digit returns against just 1 from TAA.

          1. zeslinguer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            Likewise, Robbo saved my season lol. Just, as I say, TAA did outperform him on stats over that time and has outperformed him in long run for stats and results. Just something to think about!!

    2. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 10 hours ago

      Had Cancelo from GW1-38 last year, likely will start with again this year too.

      TAA I’m not so sure on, think there may be more value elsewhere.

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      It's a yes from me.

  2. Milk, 1 Šuker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    13 days, 10 hours ago

    Do we expect the fixture ticker to be updated for the 22/23 season here on the site by the weekend?

  3. POTATO
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 8 hours ago

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2022/06/02/who-made-our-2021-22-fpl-team-of-the-season/?hc_page=1&hc_sort_by=comment_date#hc_comment_25019603

    Based this team on last season's optimal zombie team - replaced the relegated players and saved a little by replacing TAA & Gabriel with Robertson & Jansson, is this team going to be way over budget?

    Lloris
    James, Cancelo, Robertson, Matip
    Salah(c), Son, Bowen, Maddison, Mount
    Toney
    Bench: Henderson, Jansson, Gelhardt, Broja

    1. schlupptheweek
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 8 hours ago

      That's way over budget. I'd guess:

      5.5M
      7.0M 7.5M 7.5M 5.5M/6.0M
      13.0M 11.5M 8.0M 8.0M 8.5M
      7.0M

      4.5M, 4.5M, 5.0M, 6.5M

  4. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    13 days, 7 hours ago

    Ben Crellin already talking about DGWs and BGWs and chip strategies, the guy does some amazing work but just thinking about thinking about this stuff already makes me feel like going to bed

  5. jay01
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 7 hours ago

    Best advice I have seen is from Andy on twitter:

    Reminder/Tip:

    The Queen isn’t getting any younger.

    Captain or at least Vice Captain someone playing in the first day of the Gameweek.

    Her passing could easily cause postponements.

    I will definitely vice the first match of the gwk player all season lol

    1. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 7 hours ago

      This is definitely the weirdest insider info I've seen so far

    2. noquarternt
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 5 hours ago

      lol...there is something to it though...

    3. Nostalgic Thuggery
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      Is this the real life?
      Is this just fantasy?
      Caught in a landside,
      No escape from reality

    4. zeslinguer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 27 mins ago

      What’s the xQueenDies for GW 1?

    5. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 12 mins ago

      FFS should add a Queen complexion ticker to the home page, so we can predict when she is most likely to cark it.

  6. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    Less than 3 hours to go

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Hounds, release them.

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 12 mins ago

        Are they hounds of love though?

  7. circusmonkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    13 days, 1 hour ago

    Don't buy into the 'digital assets' bs. Just because something is limited, it doesn't make it worth anything. For example, there is a limited amount of used toilet roll.

    It is about time governments shut down on digital assets (so I'm talking about coins). If they get any bigger, their inevitable demise could have real economic consequences. I've heard that Biden doesn't like them, he just needs the balls to shut them down.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Mine treasure is real and buried on Oak Island.

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Nah mate, it's all good.
      I've remortgaged my house and invested everything in Football Index
      Pretty confident to see decent return next time I log in.

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Ummm what about NFTs

      1. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        13 days, 54 mins ago

        That's what I mean. Although they are dwarfed in total value by bitcoin etc, they are the same idea just with a bit of fun added in. Buy them for fun if you want but don't consider them an investment.

      2. DavidBW
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 25 mins ago

        NFTs are the worst

    4. Top Mark.S
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      I bought a house with the bitcoin I bought at 4k and sold at 44k.

      Will buy more when it hits 10k.

      Each to their own

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 26 mins ago

        Twas a doll’s house?

      2. zeslinguer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 24 mins ago

        Congrats to you but for every story like yours there are many who have bought at 69k and now have lost large parts of their savings now that it’s at 20k. As always, don’t gamble what you can’t afford to lose.

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 11 mins ago

          I put in money that made no difference to us and I was happy to lose. I studied the market for 3 months and was comfortable I would win in the end but only put in what I was prepared to lose. 4k went to 20k quickly and I thought it would go higher so I held, fell all the way to 3k but it didn't matter because I was prepared to lose it. Went all the way to 69k and I sold when we needed a house. A little I was prepared to lose became something life changing for us. I decided when I sold that I will buy again at 10k with money I don't mind losing. I think everyone should have a small amount of investment in digital assets. I wasn't lucky

          1. zeslinguer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            I never said you were lucky btw. There is always some luck (I.e. chance with any investment). I’ve been in and around crypto myself for a long time and my post was more for people reading your post and thinking ‘oh that sounds easy’. There has been 2 Trillion dollars liquidated from the crypto market in the last few months. That’s a lot of people explaining to their partners right now why their children won’t be going to college or why they’ll have to sell the house.

            It’s kinda like gambling - no one ever mentions their losses. There were people encouraging others to remortgage their homes to buy crypto a few months ago. All I’m saying to anyone reading is it isn’t just easy money, it is a very risky investment. Even if you get btc at 10k there is nothing to say it won’t go to 1k.

            1. Top Mark.S
              • 5 Years
              12 days, 23 hours ago

              I agree with you 100%

              I don't gamble. Not even with fpl cash leagues.

              And I am very conservative with investments.

              My response was just that a response to a one sided opinion.

              The problem with people losing money in digital currencies is not the fault of digital currencies. Saying they should be done away with because people lose money is just silly

      3. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        Where can you buy a house for £44k these days?

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          Downing Street in London - nobody wants to live next to these thugs.

        2. zeslinguer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          he's talking about the value of bitcoin so if he put 10k in at 4k and cashed out at 44k he would've cashed out 440k.

          1. Top Mark.S
            • 5 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            Cashed out 110k but yes

    5. mox81
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 57 mins ago

      I do wince/frown when I see these advert articles.

      That said, physical trading cards are a massive market with similar dynamics of value perception.

      As with picking a Man City attacker...always make sure you understand the risk!

    6. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 10 mins ago

      The likes of John Terry and Michael Owen pushing this rubbish is shameful. Though it's hard to have too much sympathy for the people 'investing' in them.

  8. Gazwaz80
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 1 hour ago

    2 hrs 17 mins 🙂

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Average time Pogba spends at his barber.

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 10 mins ago

        Short back and do you have a Dulux colour chart?

  9. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 1 hour ago

    More leaks by teamnewsandtix...

    GW1 fixtures:

    CRY v ARS
    BOU v AVL
    EVE v CHE
    FUL v LIV
    LEE v WOL
    LEI v BRE
    NEW v NOT
    TOT v SOU
    MUN v BHA
    WHU v MCI

    Salah (C) GW 1 again then

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Or Trossard\Welbeck.

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        Joelinton m8

    2. DavidBW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 26 mins ago

      Easy game for Spurs, tough one for Arsenal.

      Last season Arsenal had Chelsea and City in the first 3, clear agenda.

  10. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 57 mins ago

    GW2 fixtures leaked by teamnewsandtix

    ARS v LEI
    AVL v EVE
    BRE v MUN
    BHA v NEW
    CHE v TOT
    LIV v CRY
    MCI v BOU
    NOT v WHU
    SOU v LEE
    WOL v FUL

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 49 mins ago

      all plans out of the window, sigh... back to drawing board!

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 34 mins ago

        Man City playing Bournemouth twice in a row!

    2. Top Mark.S
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 40 mins ago

      Martinez
      Trent cancelo
      Diaz
      Haaland Nunez

      Locked

      1. DavidBW
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 28 mins ago

        Why would Martinez be locked because of one fixture? He had one good season

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 18 mins ago

          Price drop
          Good defensive organising manager
          Transfer strengthened
          Two good fixtures

          You need more?

          1. DavidBW
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 8 mins ago

            Who’s their second fixture? You know these leaks are likely to be wrong as well

            1. DavidBW
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              13 days, 8 mins ago

              Didn’t see much defensive organisation towards the end of the season by Gerrard

              1. Top Mark.S
                • 5 Years
                13 days, 6 mins ago

                Mings

            2. ebb2sparky
              • 11 Years
              12 days, 23 hours ago

              I hope they're wrong. Would prefer not to play Liverpool on the opening weekend!

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        13 days, 16 mins ago

        Looking at those fixtures, I'd consider starting with Kane then switch to Haaland a few games in.

        1. DavidBW
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 8 mins ago

          Kane in August?

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            Actually, I'll get Son instead. Just thinking out aloud.

  11. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 28 mins ago

    GW3-6 leaks:

    GW3:

    BOU v ARS
    CRY v AVL
    EVE v NOT
    FUL v BRE
    LEE v CHE
    LEI v SOU
    MUN v LIV
    NEW v MCI
    TOT v WOL
    WHU v BHA

    GW4:

    ARS v FUL
    AVL v WHU
    BRE v EVE
    BHA v LEE
    CHE v LEI
    LIV v BOU
    MCI v CRY
    NOT v TOT
    SOU v MUN
    WOL v NEW

    GW5:

    BOU v WOL
    ARS v VIL
    CRY v BRE
    FUL v BHA
    LEE v EVE
    LEI v MUN
    WHU v TOT
    LIV v NEW
    MCI v NOT
    SOU v CHE

    GW6:

    AVL v MCI
    BRE v LEE
    BHA v LEI
    CHE v WHU
    EVE v LIV
    MUN v ARS
    NEW v PAL
    NOT v BOU
    TOT v FUL
    WOL v SOU

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 25 mins ago

      Liverpool start with decent fixtures.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        13 days, 24 mins ago

        Spurs maybe best.

        1. No Professionals
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          No idea how anyone could decide Spurs have the best fixtures.

    2. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      Weat Ham away, Palace, Newcastle away and Villa away for City in the first 6, not the easiest run (although Bournemouth and Forest at home in there as well)

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        Yeah, it's a mixed bag, probably better for defenders than striker(s). I will need an alternative captain to Haaland if I start with him, hence getting Son after all.

        1. NateDog
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          Yeah that should cover it. Definitely looks like I'll be rethinking Bowen now, though I might have to start thinking about fitting in Salah instead of Diaz with those games

          1. jay01
            • 7 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            Bowen could still score in each of those games though. Depends on price i guess

            1. NateDog
              • 1 Year
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              True, they always trouble City and are certainly capable of scoring against most teams

  12. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 23 mins ago

    Arsenal Fixtures:

    CRY
    LEI
    BOU
    FUL
    AVL
    MUN
    EVE
    BRE
    TOT
    LIV
    LEE
    MCI
    SOU
    NOT
    CHE
    WOL
    WHU
    BHA
    NEW
    TOT
    MUN
    EVE
    BRE
    AVL
    LEI
    BOU
    FUL
    CRY
    LEE
    LIV
    WHU
    SOU
    MCI
    CHE
    NEW
    BHA
    NOT
    WOL

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 17 mins ago

      GW1-8 then get rid

    2. DavidBW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 7 mins ago

      I’d take that. Nice start

  13. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 2 mins ago

    Arsenal don’t face any of last seasons Top 4 in their opening 8 Fixtures

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      squeaky bum time for them...

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      How do you know if the official fixtures haven't been released yet?

      1. jay01
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        Leaked

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      mi Saka su Saka

  14. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 23 hours ago

    8 mins to go

    1. RedRo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      Until the Premier League leak the fixtures

  15. jay01
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 23 hours ago

    Any chance of there being a nailed 4.5 million Wolves defender for the first 8 weeks? Those fixtures look great

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      Possible. At the moment Livramento is my go-to 4.5 defender

      1. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        Isn't he out until the new year?

      2. jay01
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        First 6 dont look great for him if he is fit

  16. Milk, 1 Šuker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 23 hours ago

    let's play a game: where someone wins the race to post all the prem opening day fixtures!

    1. Ooh Ah Cantona
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      Andy social "won"

  17. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 23 hours ago

    Salah benched

    1. Ooh Ah Cantona
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      Give the spamming a rest

  18. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 23 hours ago

    1st match, on Friday:

    Palace v Arsenal.

    Queen's Gambit says captain Jesus 😉

  19. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 23 hours ago

    BREAKING: Premier League opening day fixtures

    August 5

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal

    August 6

    Bournemouth v Aston Villa

    Everton v Chelsea

    Fulham v Liverpool

    Leeds v Wolves

    Leicester v Brentford

    Newcastle v Nottingham Forest

    Tottenham v Southampton

    August 7

    Man Utd v Brighton

    West Ham v Man City

  20. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 23 hours ago

    Can't see how you don't start Haaland with that opening run.