MLS Kickoff-Fantasy Soccer 2013 Group Invitation

Who will you have on your fantasy soccer squad as the MLS gets its 2013 season underway? The Los Angeles Galaxy will be starting the quest for their third straight title. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

With the MLS getting back in action today, it’s time to get your fantasy soccer fix in a league hosted by FanSided’s own American soccer site The American Pitch. Whether you’re a die-hard soccer fan or just looking for another fun fantasy sport to play, the MLS Fantasy Soccer Manager is a simple and fun way to follow all the action.

To join the free league CLICK HERE.

It’s a fairly simple setup as each player chooses two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders, and three forwards to make up your team. There are limits to how many players you can have from a given team on your roster as well. Each player has been assigned a dollar amount, and its a basic salary cap format. Player values will change throughout the season.

The scoring is fairly straightforward for playing time, goals, goals conceded, cards, saves, and penalty kicks. There’s also some attacking bonuses for crosses, key passes, big chances, and a penalty for missing a big chance. On defense clearances, blocks, interceptions, and recoveries earn you bonuses while errors leading to goals cost you points. The only other trick to scoring is the selection of a “Captain” whose score is doubled. You also get to pick a Vice-Captain who fills in as the double-scorer if your captain doesn’t play.

You’re limited in the number of free transfers you can make after things lock down today so make sure you choose your initial team wisely.

Here’s the guys I’m starting with this season:

Nov 7, 2012; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting KC goal keeper Jimmy Nielsen (1) makes a save against Houston Dynamo in the first half at Livestrong Sporting Park. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Goalkeepers

Jimmy Nielsen-Sporting KC

Bill Hamid-DC United

Defenders

Brandon McDonald-DC United

Jeff Parke-Philadelphia Union

Austin Berry-Chicago Fire

Chance Myers-Sporting KC

Josh Williams-Columbus Crew

Midfielders

Adam Moffat-Houston Dynamo

Marcelo Sarvas-LA Galaxy

Darlington Nagbe-Portland Timbers

Steve Zakuani-Seattle Sounders

Michael Lahoud-Philadelphia Union

Feb 2, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Houston Dynamo defender Jermaine Taylor (4) and midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson (10) and Vancouver Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks (11) fight for the ball during the first half at Kino Sports Complex. Vancouver beat Houston 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Forwards

Robbie Keane-LA Galaxy

Darren Mattocks-Vancouver Whitecaps

Charlie Rugg-LA Galaxy

Topics: Fantasy Soccer, Fantasy Soccer Picks, MLS

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