Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Fantasy Soccer Bootroom - Gold Cup Survival Guide

Fantasy Soccer Bootroom will be back in full force next week. In the meantime, here's a guide to help you maneuver through the month of June, a month filled will international call ups:

CONCACAF's Gold Cup will be the first major drain on your fantasy roster. Players are already in their respective camps. Right off the bat, if you have any players from Toronto, check the Canadian roster because they have a bunch of them. The US roster has been well talked about, but there are a handful of other MLS players on other teams:

New England: Taylor Twellman, Micheal Parkhurst, Steve Ralston
Chicago: Ivan Guerrero, Justin Mapp
Toronto: Greg Sutton,Chris Pozniak,Marco Reda, Adam Braz
Kansas City: Eddie Johnson
Chivas USA: Brad Guzan, Jonathan Bornstein
Columbus: Frankie Hejduk
Colorado: Roberto Brown, Pablo Mastroeni
LA Galaxy: Landon Donovan, Ante Jazic, Kevin Harmse
Houston: Brian Ching, Ricardo Clark, Dwayne DeRosario
FC Dallas: Carlos Ruiz


Although the Gold Cup doesn't end until June 24, some of the US players may have an opportunity to play in their MLS games. The Revs may catch a break on June 16, when they host the Columbus Crew as part of a triple header. If the US wins their group, they will be a part of that triple header and there is a good chance at least one of their players will be available. The same could be said for the Crew's Frankie Hejduk. The other quarterfinal date is the following day in Houston. Unless I missed something, the only other matchday which is shared with MLS is on June 9, when LA and Dallas play at the Home Depot Center.

The other big drain on your fantasy team will be Copa America. The US roster was once thought to be a B team, consisting entirely of MLS players who weren't called up for the Gold Cup. However, it appears that many European-based players have asked to be a part of that team and Bob Bradley is keen to have his captain Landon Donovan there. That is something to keep an eye on as the rosters are due to be submitted shortly.

The U-20 World Cup will also be in the month of June and a few MLS regulars, most notably Freddie Adu and Josie Altidore, will be participating.

So which teams will benefit from this competition? Well, for starters, Red Bull New York will only be losing Josie Altidore to international duty (World Youth Cup) unless Juan Pablo Angel plays for Columbia during Copa America. They also have a lot of games in June and if they continue with their current form, they will surpass New England and Kansas City and be top of the table by month's end. DC United should also be relatively unscathed and could make a run. Look to add players fro those teams during this stretch to survive this tough period.

Fantasy rosters are due in today, because NY is playing in Toronto tonight. So be sure to get your rosters fixed before then.