Three teams in the MLS Eastern Conference missed the chance to close the gap on leaders FC Cincinnati this weekend as each of the top four sides dropped points, leaving the Orange and Blue seven points clear.
It was a third game on the bounce without a win for Cincinnati, who were fortunate to escape with a 2-2 draw away at Charlotte having gone 2-0 down before fighting back level and then seeing Ian Murphy sent off, but they hung on to claim a point, while New York RB claimed a late winner against New England - who were also down to 10 men.
In the western side of things, St Louis made it a third win on the bounce thanks to Aziel Jackson’s winner in the 1-0 victory over Toronto, while Seattle Sounders kept up the pressure on them and are three points behind with LAFC going a fourth game without a win.
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Zac MacMath - 79
After missing out a game through concussion, MacMath has settled back into the Real Salt Lake line-up with successive scores of 76 and 79. The latter score, in his side’s 4-0 win over Orlando, maintained their run of four wins in five games and came thanks to four saves - two from inside the box and one diving save - and his abilities as a sweeper keeper.
MacMath’s breakdown of Sorare points in the game was:
- General: 0
- Goalkeeping: 21
- Possession: -2.3
- Attack: 0
- Decisive: 60
Jackson Ragen - 100
Ragen has already had the best season of his career, but his most recent performance against Vancouver Whitecaps was by far the standout, with two assists in the 3-2 win to ensure his side went up to second in the Western Conference. Having missed out in Gameweek 386, he returned to the starting XI to rack up a perfect score thanks in large part to his attacking output, with his accurate passing in attacking areas and chances created both playing a huge role in his big score.
Ragen’s ’ breakdown of Sorare points in the game was:
- General: 2
- Defence: -0.5
- Possession: 38.1
- Attack: 6
- Decisive: 70
Pablo Ruiz - 100
MacMath wasn’t the only star performer from Real Salt Lake in their win over Orlando, with Ruiz continuing a brilliant run of recent form with a perfect 100. He laid on a remarkable three assists in the game - surprisingly only his second, third and fourth assists of the season to date - and continued a run of form that has seen him rack up scores of 74, 71, 78, 51, 85 and now 100 in his last six performances.
Ruiz’s breakdown of Sorare points in the game was:
- General: 3
- Defence: 12
- Possession: 17
- Attack: 10
- Decisive: 80
Karol Swiderski - 83
Charlotte striker Swiderski would have been disappointed after seeing his brace of goals cancelled out in the second half to deny his side a big win over Cincinnati, but they take his attacking contributions for the season into double figures (seven goals, three assists) for the second time since arriving in MLS. Swiderski is a solid if not spectacular Sorare scorer and will be pleased with the return to form after not passing 46 in the previous four gameweeks.
Swiderski’s breakdown of Sorare points in the game was:
- General: 0.5
- Defence: 0
- Possession: 5.7
- Attack: 6.5
- Decisive: 70