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Major League Soccer launches Season 3 of “The Movement”

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“The Movement” presented by AT&T

 

 

NEW YORK (Thursday, May 17, 2018) – Major League Soccer launched today the third season of the digital series “The Movement,” presented by AT&T. Hosted by former Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire forward Calen Carr, the series showcases the growth and impact of soccer and soccer culture in North America by highlighting unique and compelling stories that celebrate the diversity of Major League Soccer.

The 2018 series, featuring eight episodes, will debut a new episode every Thursday for the next four weeks (May 17 – June 7) and then resume after the FIFA World Cup for four consecutive weeks starting August 2.

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“My greatest memories from playing in MLS are from connecting with teammates from all over the world,” Carr said. “MLS has been my community for 13 years now…meeting people from different places, races, religions, and ethnicities – all working together to build towards a common goal. That is something I think we all can learn from.”

Season 3 kicks off in England and Wales as Carr travels to the UK to discover how MLS is gaining respect through former MLS players, media coverage and a growing local fan community.

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Carr heads to Boston for episode two to take in eMLS, the new competitive gaming league for EA SPORTS FIFA 18. He looks at how EA SPORTS FIFA is fundamentally changing how fans interact with all facets of the game.

For episode three, Carr heads to Hawaii to see how the search for elite soccer talent is stretching beyond the mainland. He discovers a unique soccer culture and visits Brian Ching – former Dynamo teammate and the only Hawaiian man to make it to the World Cup.

On June 7, Carr tells the story of the Mexican National Team and its myriad of connections with MLS, including a conversation with Mexican National Team Head Coach and Carr’s former Chicago Fire Head Coach, Juan Carlos Osorio.

The content for the second half of the series will be based on emerging storylines from Major League Soccer in the months ahead. To tune in to “The Movement” presented by AT&T visitwww.mlssoccer.com/TheMovement. For a full schedule, see below.

Episode 1 May 17 MLS & the UK
Episode 2 May 24 eMLS Cup
Episode 3 May 31 From Hawaii to the World Cup
Episode 4 June 7 The Mexican National Team in America

JULY – WORLD CUP BREAK

The series returns in August for the final 4 episodes.

 

 

MLS announces Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti Alcatel Player of the Week

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NEW YORK (Tuesday, May 8, 2018) – Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti was voted the Alcatel Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 10th week of the 2018 MLS season.

Montreal defeated the New England Revolution 4-2 at Stade Saputo on Saturday, with Piatti scoring a goal and adding an MLS career-high three assists to lift the Impact. In eight games played this season, Piatti is tied for the league-lead with six assists, while his five goals scored are tied for fifth in MLS. The Impact sit seventh in the Eastern Conference with nine points (3-6-0 overall record).

Moments before the break in a scoreless match, Piatti unleashed teammate Anthony Jackson-Hamel into open space with a perfectly placed pass, with the forward calmly finishing to give Montreal a 1-0 lead in stoppage time of the first half (Watch Assist). Piatti would set up the second goal of the match in the 52nd minute, as he collected the ball in traffic and dribbled into the penalty area, sending a pass to the right side of the box for an easy Jackson-Hamel finish (Watch Assist).

The Argentine showed his playmaking skills once again in the 65th minute with his third assist of the match to give Montreal a 3-0 lead. Piatti dribbled down the field and laid the ball off to Raheem Edwards just inside the box, with Edwards placing a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Matt Turner (Watch Assist). Minutes later, Piatti wrapped up his historic day with a goal in the 68th minute to give Montreal a 4-0 advantage. Samuel Piette sent a pass downfield, with Piatti outrunning a pair of New England defenders to collect the ball and send a right-footed shot far post at the six-yard box ( Watch Goal).

The Montreal Impact return to action on Wednesday, May 9 to face the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park (8:30 p.m. ET, TVAS / ESPN+), before hosting the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, May 12 at Stade Saputo (3 p.m. ET, CTV / TVAS / ESPN+).

The Alcatel MLS Player of the Week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of the North American Soccer Reporters.

MLS starts Week 11 with rare Wednesday games

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This Week in MLS – May 7, 2018

 

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  • Sounders, Timbers square off for 100th all-time meeting
  • Seattle’s Svensson is clutch for club and country
  • Timbers open Cascadia Cup defense
  • Golden Boot leaders, hottest teams in MLS square off as Orlando hosts Atlanta
  • FIFA World Cup 35-player provisional rosters to be named next Monday
  • Newcomers accounting for quarter of MLS goals, assists this season
  • MLS Week 11: Match Notes

Sounders, Timbers square off for 100th all-time meeting
For more than four decades the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC have represented North America’s historic rivalry out of the Pacific Northwest. On Sunday, the two sides square off for the 100th occasion when Portland plays host at Providence Park (4 p.m. ET / ESPN, ESPN Deportes, DAZN). Seattle maintains a strong series lead over Portland with the advantage all-time (50-35-14), during MLS regular season action (9-5-6) and in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play (4-2-1), while the Timbers have posted a 2-0-0 record against the Sounders in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

TIMBERS VS. SOUNDERS OVER THE YEARS (1975-PRESENT)

LEAGUE/COMPETITION POR WINS SEA WINS DRAWS NOTES
MLS regular season (2011-present) 5 9 6
MLS postseason (2011-present) 2 0 0
U.S. Open Cup (2005-present) 2 4 1 2010: SEA penalty kick win
USL regular season (2005-08) 4 6 4
USL postseason (2005) 0 2 0
A-League regular season (2001-04) 7 10 1
A-League postseason (2004) 1 1 0
NASL regular season (1975-82) 7 13 0 POR: 1 shootout win; SEA: 2 shootout wins
NASL postseason (1975) 1 0 0
Other league competition (1985-90) 6 5 2
TOTAL: 99 GAMES 35 50 14

The rivalry has had plenty of drama-filled affairs over the years, including unique settings such as the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Seattle, in the midst of its second MLS season, visited a Portland team competing in its final USL season before making the move to MLS the next year. The Sounders played the entire second half and overtime of the Round of 16 match down a man, and after a 1-1 draw, Seattle prevailed 4-3 in a penalty kick shootout. The Sounders went on to repeat as U.S. Open Cup champions, with this Cascadia match serving as the most difficult road block.

Seattle’s Svensson is clutch for club and country
With starts in every MLS game this season, Sounders FC’s Gustav Svensson is the defensive stronghold, who has proven his reliability for both club and country over the last year. In the second round of World Cup qualification, Svensson was Sweden’s game-saving substitution, helping to not only preserve a 1-0 scoreline in the last 15 minutes of Leg 1 over Italy, but he also replaced a severely injured teammate in the 19th minute of Leg 2 to secure a 0-0 result and Sweden’s spot in Russia this summer.

For his club, Svensson’s defensive efforts for Sounders FC last year contributed to 13 wins, 12 Seattle clean sheets, and a 13-game unbeaten streak from June 21-September 16. He scored a game winner in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Championship series, and was an influential part of the Sounders FC 3-1-1 postseason record, playing the full 90 minutes in the final three games, including MLS Cup.

Timbers open Cascadia Cup defense
This Sunday, the Portland Timbers begin their Cascadia Cup defense when they host Seattle Sounders FC in the first Cascadia matchup of the 2018 campaign. Last year marked Portland’s second MLS-era Cascadia Cup crown (the Timbers also won in 2012) and fourth overall, having won the 2009 and 2010 editions against fellow United Soccer League side Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Timbers rallied for a 2-1 victory against Vancouver on MLS Decision Day 2017 presented by AT&T (Oct. 22) to clinch the Cascadia Cup, with goals from defender Liam Ridgewell and current D.C. United striker Darren Mattocks .

Seattle also has won four Cascadia titles (two in MLS and two in the USL). Vancouver leads the way with six Cascadia Cups – three times in MLS and three times in the USL. In the 2017 edition, the Sounders posted a 1-0-2 record against the Timbers, with Seattle midfielder Cristian Roldan scoring a goal in two of those matches.

CASCADIA CUP WINNERS

YEAR WINNER LEAGUE
2004 Vancouver Whitecaps FC United Soccer League
2005 Vancouver Whitecaps FC United Soccer League
2006 Seattle Sounders FC United Soccer League
2007 Seattle Sounders FC United Soccer League
2008 Vancouver Whitecaps FC United Soccer League
2009 Portland Timbers United Soccer League (SEA in MLS: DNP)
2010 Portland Timbers United Soccer League (SEA in MLS: DNP)
2011 Seattle Sounders FC Major League Soccer
2012 Portland Timbers Major League Soccer
2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Major League Soccer
2014 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Major League Soccer
2015 Seattle Sounders FC Major League Soccer
2016 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Major League Soccer
2017 Portland Timbers Major League Soccer

Portland (3-3-2, 11 points) enters the match on a three-game winning streak, having turned around a slow start to the season the included a five-game winless stretch. The Timbers are coming off a dramatic 1-0 road victory against the San Jose Earthquakes, highlighted byDiego Valeri’s free kick game-winner in the 88th minute . Seattle, the 2017 MLS Cup runner-up and 2016 champion, has a two-game set this week that includes a Wednesday match against defending MLS Cup winners Toronto FC (7:30 p.m. ET / FS1, TSN). Saturday’s Portland-Seattle matchup features a number of potential 2018 FIFA World Cup representatives, including the Timbers’ David Guzman (Costa Rica) and Andy Polo (Peru) and the Sounders’ Nicolás Lodeiro (Uruguay), Gustav Svensson (Sweden) and Kim Kee-hee (South Korea).

Golden Boot leaders, hottest teams in MLS square off as Orlando hosts Atlanta
The two hottest teams in MLS will face off when Orlando City SC hosts Atlanta United on Sunday in a battle of foes hailing from the Southeast (6 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / FOX Sports Go / TSN). While Atlanta sits atop the standings with the best record in the league and carrying an MLS-best eight-game unbeaten mark, Orlando enters the matchup with a franchise-best six-game winning streak, the longest of any team during the 2018 season. In three tightly contested matchups last season, Orlando fell 1-0 in its lone home match followed by a pair of draws in Atlanta.

Players from both clubs are in the race for the Golden Boot, as Atlanta United forward Josef Martínez leads the league with seven goals, while Atlanta’s Miguel Almirón and Orlando’sDom Dwyer are tied for second with six scores this season. Almirón and Peruvian World Cup hopeful Yoshimar Yotún also tie for third place in MLS with five assists.

Scoring a sensational first MLS goal last week was Atlanta’s 19-year-old Ezequiel Barco to help Atlanta secure a 2-1 victory in Chicago. More goals could be in store between the two regional foes as Atlanta leads the league with 23 goals, while Orlando’s 19 scores are tied for third.

FIFA World Cup 35-player provisional rosters to be named next Monday
The MLS contingent of players and clubs will be eagerly awaiting next Monday, the deadline for countries to name their respective 35-player provisional rosters for the 2018 FIFA World Cup (final 23-man rosters must be finalized by June 4). At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there were an MLS-record 21 players among an MLS-record six countries at the tournament in Brazil. As is the case for a major tournament, there is a mix of players who have firmly established their spot for a trip to Russia, while others could be on the bubble but are making their case stronger thanks to their league productivity.

The LA Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos is heating up at the right time to validate his worth for Mexico’s national team. The Galaxy’s 28-year-old Designated Player has posted two goals and an assist over his past two league matches. Before his first two goals of 2018, he hadn’t found the goal since May of 2017. Seattle Sounders FC and South Korea defender Kim Kee-hee, 28, who had missed a stretch with a calf injury, is acclimating himself with Seattle’s back line, coming off a second straight start and his first full 90-minute game this past Saturday to earn a shutout against Columbus Crew SC. Los Angeles Football Club 26-year-old defender Omar Gaber, reunited with former Egypt head coach Bob Bradley, had dealt with a knee injury at the start of the year, but has been much more involved over the past month. He has a start and four games since mid-April, and LAFC has posted a 3-0-1 record in matches in which he has appeared.

Newcomers accounting for quarter of MLS goals, assists this season
Some of the most dangerous and prolific players in MLS this season are newcomers that rank among the league leaders in goals and assists. With last week’s close of the Primary Transfer Window and the season officially at the quarter-mark, the newcomer class is rounding into form, accounting for nearly a quarter of all goals (72 out of 311) and assists (77 out of 314) during the 2018 season.

Three of the top 10 goalscorers in the league are new to MLS, as Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club), Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City), and Felipe Gutiérrez have all scored five goals this season. Additionally, five of the top 18 leaders in assists are in their debut MLS seasons, with New York Red Bulls 23-year-old Young Designated PlayerAlejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra leading all players with six assists. Los Angeles Football Club’s 20-year-old forward Diego Rossi and New York City FC’s 21-year-old midfielder Jesús Medina also rank in the top five with five assists this season.

Overall, 111 newcomers, with an average age of 25 years old, and hailing from 38 different countries, signed to MLS during the Primary Transfer Window. Over half of the newcomers (56 out of 111) have at least one cap for their senior national teams, showing their skills for both club and country.

MLS Week 11: Match Notes
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Atlanta United vs. Sporting Kansas City, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • Atlanta United tied their club record in extending their undefeated streak to eight games with a 2-1 win at the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Saturday afternoon. Atlanta United went eight games without loss in their inaugural campaign, last year from Aug. 29-Sept. 30.
  • Miguel Almirón recorded an assist and has now gone five consecutive games with a goal and/or an assist, with five goals and three assists over that span.
  • Sporting returned to their winning ways after a seven-game undefeated run was put to an end the week before, recording a 1-0 victory against the Colorado Rapids at Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday evening.
  • Tim Melia was credited with two saves in recording his league-leading fourth shutout of the season for SKC, all coming over the past six games.
  • The teams met once in Atlanta United’s inaugural season, playing to a 1-1 draw on Aug. 6 at Children’s Mercy Park.

Columbus Crew SC vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • Crew SC extended their undefeated streak to three games, reaching a goalless draw with Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Saturday afternoon.
  • The Union saw their road winless streak extended to 15 games, falling 3-0 at Toronto FC at BMO Field on Friday evening. The Union still have yet to score a goal away from Talen Energy Stadium this season, the last team without an away goal this year, now 347 minutes since scoring on the road.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season, after playing to a scoreless draw on March 17 at Talen Energy Stadium.
  • Crew SC put an end to a two-game Union winning streak at Mapfre Stadium in the last meeting in Columbus, a 1-0 victory last July 22. The Union had won two home meetings in a row with Crew SC before the draw in the first match this year.

Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 7:30 p.m. ET (FS1, TSN)

  • Toronto FC put an end to a three-game winless run in league play, gaining a second consecutive result with a 3-0 victory against the Philadelphia Union at BMO Field on Friday evening. Victor Vázquez scored a goal for a second consecutive game, making a second consecutive start in league play after missing four consecutive matches.
  • Sounders FC extended their home undefeated run to two games, reaching a goalless draw with Columbus Crew SC at CenturyLink Field on Saturday afternoon. Sounders FC have been shut out at the attacking end in back-to-back games, now without a goal in five of seven league matches this season.
  • It’s a rematch of the past two MLS Cup Finals, with each team having won once. TFC took a 2-0 victory last year, while Sounders FC won on penalty kicks following a goalless draw in 2016 MLS Cup, both games at BMO Field. It marked the third time in MLS history the same teams had met in back-to-back MLS Cups.
  • The teams met once in regular season play last year – a 1-0 TFC win on May 6 at CenturyLink Field. Sounders FC were undefeated on their past four visits to Toronto in league and MLS Cup play before last year’s championship match; the MLS Cup win was TFC’s first vs. Seattle at BMO Field since April 25, 2010.

Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact, 8:30 p.m. ET (TVA Sports, ESPN+)

  • The Fire had their brief two-game undefeated run put to an end, falling 2-1 to Atlanta United at Toyota Park on Saturday afternoon.
  • The Impact snapped a four-game losing run, defeating the New England Revolution 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Stade Saputo.
  • Ignacio Piatti scored a goal and added three assists – the three assists his single-game career-high in his five MLS seasons, the three assists also equaling the Impact’s club single-game record in MLS, set twice previously.
  • The visiting team has won three times in the last five meetings between the clubs, over the last two seasons. The Fire have won on two of their last three visits to Stade Saputo, winning once each of the last two seasons, including a 1-0 win their last Sept. 2 in the last meeting in Montréal.
  • The Impact have come away with points on their past two visits to Toyota Park, including a 2-2 draw in the lone Bridgeview meeting last year, on April 1. The Impact’s 2-1 win there April 16, 2016 was their first ever at Toyota Park; the visiting team had never won in the series before that season.

Los Angeles Football Club vs. Minnesota United FC, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • LAFC saw their three-game winning streak put to an end but still extended their undefeated streak to four games, reaching a 1-1 draw with FC Dallas at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
  • Steven Beitashour scored his first goal with LAFC, his first in MLS play since Aug. 24, 2013, when he was with the San Jose Earthquakes.
  • MNUFC won a second consecutive game for the second time this season, getting the game’s only goal from Miguel Ibarra for a victory against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The two-game winning run matches the club’s record in their MLS history, achieved now on three occasions.
  • This is the first meeting between the clubs. They will play a return match July 22 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Friday, May 11, 2018
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Houston Dynamo, 10:30 p.m. ET (TSN, ESPN+)

  • Whitecaps FC weren’t able to build upon a first victory in four games, falling 1-0 to Minnesota United FC at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It was a third consecutive away defeat for the ‘Caps.
  • The Dynamo won for a second time in three games – both coming at BBVA Compass Stadium – getting a late winner for a 3-2 win against the LA Galaxy on Saturday evening.
  • Romell Quioto scored a goal and added an assist, the second time in the last three games he’s had a goal and an assist in the same game. Quioto has a goal and/or an assist in three consecutive games, with two goals and four assists in that time, playing a part in six of the Dynamo’s last nine goals.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Kei Kamara scored the opening goal then set up the game-winner by Brek Shea for a 2-1 Whitecaps FC win April 10 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • The Vancouver win in the first meeting was the first ever by the road team in the all-time series. The ‘Caps are 6-0-1 vs. the Dynamo in B.C.; Vancouver’s win came after four defeats and a draw in Houston.

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Minnesota United FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • MNUFC have won their past two games at TCF Bank Stadium following their 1-0 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, matching the club’s longest home winning streak in their MLS history (set twice previously).
  • The Quakes saw their winless run extended to seven games – the longest in MLS this season – following their 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers at Avaya Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Vako Qazaishivili scored one goal and set up two others – both coming from Danny Hoesen, including the game-winner – as the Quakes claimed a 3-2 victory in the season opener March 3 at Avaya Stadium.
  • The teams met twice in Minnesota United’s inaugural campaign, the Earthquakes winning both. The Quakes took a 1-0 win on April 29 at TCF Bank Stadium, then on Decision Day, Marco Ureña scored the game-winning goal in stoppage time to give the Quakes a dramatic 3-2 victory that secured their place in the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union, 3 p.m. ET (CTV, TVA Sports, ESPN+)

  • The teams met three times a season ago, and the Impact won the final two, once at each ground – a 2-1 win on July 19 at Stade Saputo, and a 3-0 victory Aug. 12 at Talen Energy Stadium. The teams also reached a 3-3 draw April 22 in Chester.
  • The Impact win in the final meeting last year was just the second for the visiting team in the all-time series, after a 1-0 Union victory in 2015 at Stade Saputo. The Impact have won six of the eight meetings all-time at Stade Saputo. The Union have won two of the eight matchups in Chester, with five draws.
  • Ignacio Piatti’s goal and three assists vs. New England came in the second game following a hat trick vs. Los Angeles FC on April 21 at Stade Saputo – his first hat trick in his MLS career. Piatti played a part in seven of the Impact’s eight goals over a three-game span (four goals, three assists).

FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy, 3:30 p.m. ET (Univision, UDN)

  • FC Dallas concluded their two-game road swing with a draw – the seventh time they’ve taken points in eight games this season – following a 1-1 draw at Los Angeles FC on Saturday afternoon. Maxi Urruti scored the FCD goal, assisted by Santiago Mosquera; the pair combined on the FCD goal in the 3-1 loss at New York City FC the week before (with Mosquera scoring and Urruti assisting).
  • The Galaxy suffered their third consecutive defeat, falling 3-2 to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • Giovani dos Santos scored for a second consecutive game and added an assist, his first of the season, while Zlatan Ibrahimović collected his third assist in MLS, all over the last two games. Ibrahimović has played a part in four of the Galaxy’s last five goals scored (one goal, three assists), since April 14.
  • The teams met twice a season ago, and FC Dallas won both. FCD claimed a 2-1 win in the season opener on March 4 at StubHub Center, then in the season finale on Decision Day on Oct. 22, FCD rolled to a 5-1 victory at Toyota Stadium as Roland Lamah scored twice and Mauro Diaz netted one and set up two others.
  • The win in the first meeting last year ended a nine-game home undefeated streak in the series for the Galaxy, their first loss to FC Dallas in Carson since Sept. 12, 2009, having gone 7-0-2 over that stretch.

Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Nemanja Nikolic scored the game’s only goal after 27 minutes for a Fire victory April 7 at Toyota Park.
  • The Fire have won two of the past three meetings between the teams, after going 10 games winless against Crew SC, dating back to a 2-1 victory in Columbus on June 22, 2013. Crew SC had won five of the meetings in between, with five draws.
  • Crew SC are undefeated in their past seven home meetings in the series (5-0-2), the last win for the Fire in Columbus coming in 2013. The Fire have won the last two meetings in Bridgeview, following a four-game home winless streak in the series.

New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m. ET (TSN, ESPN+)

  • Sebastian Giovinco scored his first league goal of the campaign and also added his third assist of the year in MLS (his second game in a row with an assist), in TFC’s 3-0 win vs. Philadelphia. It was the 15th time in Giovinco’s MLS career he’s scored at least one goal and added at least one assist in the same game.
  • The Revolution saw their brief two-game undefeated run come to an end, falling 4-2 to the Montréal Impact at Stade Saputo on Saturday afternoon. Wilfredo Zahibo scored both Revolution goals, his first two-goal game since coming to MLS and the Revs.
  • The teams met three times a season ago, each winning on their home ground. The Revolution won twice, both at Gillette Stadium – a 3-0 win on June 3, and a 2-1 victory Sept. 23. TFC claimed the lone meeting at BMO Field, a 2-0 triumph June 23.
  • The Revolution are undefeated in the past six meetings in Foxborough, with four wins and two draws in that time.
  • TFC has won the past two meetings between the teams at BMO Field. TFC’s win there on Aug. 6, 2016 snapped an eight-game Revolution undefeated streak in the series, dating back to 2013. It was the first home win in the series for TFC since 2010, snapping a six-game winless streak (and three-game losing streak) vs. New England at BMO Field.

Real Salt Lake vs. D.C. United, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • Real suffered a second consecutive loss for the first time this season, falling 3-1 to Orlando City SC on Sunday afternoon at Orlando City Stadium. Homegrown Player Corey Baird scored his second goal of the season.
  • D.C. United return to action after a week off, suffering a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium on April 28. It was a fourth consecutive road defeat for United, their away winless streak now at nine games dating back to last season, tied for the fourth-longest in the club’s 23-year history.
  • Real Salt Lake completed their history at RFK Stadium with their only win there ever – a 1-0 victory last Aug. 12 in the only meeting between the teams. United had won six of the first nine league encounters on East Capitol Street, and also claimed a U.S. Open Cup play-in match there in 2010. Their last meeting in Washington was a wild 6-4 D.C. United win in 2015, the 10 total goals tied for second-most in a game in MLS history.
  • United won on their first ever trip to Utah in 2005 – a 3-1 win at Rice-Eccles Stadium – and haven’t won there again. Real are 7-0-2 at home in the series since, including a 1-1 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium in the last meeting between the teams there, July 1, 2016.

Colorado Rapids vs. New York Red Bulls, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • The Rapids suffered a third consecutive defeat, falling 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday evening.
  • The Red Bulls once again dominated their cross-river rivals, defeating New York City FC 4-0 at Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon.
  • Kaku scored for a second consecutive match, now with three goals on the season, and also added a pair of assists, his second straight two-assist game. Kaku played a role in six consecutive Red Bulls goals over the last two games.
  • The Red Bulls won the lone meeting between the teams, a 1-0 victory last March 11 at Red Bull Arena, their first win in the series since 2012. The Rapids had won two of the four matchups in between, with two draws.
  • The Rapids have won five of the last six meetings between the teams in Commerce City; the Red Bulls haven’t won in Colorado since 2007.
  • The Rapids have never won in Harrison; their last away win in the series came in 2009, a 3-2 victory at Giants Stadium. The Red Bulls have won three of the six meetings at home since, with three draws.

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN)

  • The Timbers won their third game on the trot after a five-game winless stretch to open the season. Diego Valeri scored the game’s lone goal from a free kick for a win against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium. Valeri has a goal and/or an assist in each of the past five games (3 goals, 3 assists), involved directly in six of the Timbers’ 11 goals in that span.
  • Stefan Frei was credited with two saves in recording the shutout in the goalless draw with Columbus Crew SC at CenturyLink Field. It was the first clean sheet of the season for Frei; he led MLS with 13 shutouts last season.
  • The teams met three times a year ago in league play, with Sounders FC coming away with the lone victory, a 1-0 victory May 27 in Seattle. The teams played to a pair of draws, once at each ground – a 2-2 result June 25 at Providence Park, and a 1-1 tie Aug. 27 at CenturyLink Field. The teams also met in the U.S. Open Cup fourth round, with Sounders FC taking a 2-1 win.
  • This meeting will be the 100th all-time between the clubs. Since their first meeting in 1975 in the old North American Soccer League, Seattle have won 50 times and Portland have won 35, with 14 draws. In Major League Soccer league play, Sounders FC have won nine matches, the Timbers have won five, and six have been draws. The Timbers won both meetings in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
  • Sounders FC are now 7-0-3 all-time at home in regular season games vs. Portland – though the Timbers did win there in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Orlando City SC vs. Atlanta United, 6 p.m. ET (FS1, TSN)

  • Orlando City SC extended their winning streak to a club-record six games, coming from behind for a 3-1 win against Real Salt Lake at Orlando City Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Dom Dwyer scored his sixth goal of the season – all coming over the six-game winning run – while Sacha Kljestan added his fourth assist of the season; he has two goals and four assists in the six-game span.
  • Ezequiel Barco scored his first goal in MLS, netting the opener in Atlanta United’s 2-1 win vs. Chicago. Barco was making a third consecutive start.
  • The teams met three times a year ago in Atlanta United’s inaugural campaign – and the expansion side did not lose to their neighbors to the south. ATLUTD claimed one victory – a 1-0 win in the first meeting between the teams, July 21 at Orlando City Stadium.
  • The teams played to a pair of draws, both in Atlanta – a 1-1 result July 29 at Bobby Dodd Stadium, then a 3-3 deadlock Sept. 16 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Los Angeles Football Club vs. New York City FC, 8:30 p.m. ET (FS1)

  • New York City FC suffered their second defeat in the last three games, both away from Yankee Stadium, falling 4-0 to the New York Red Bulls in the first Hudson River derby of the season at Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon.
  • Carlos Vela collected his fourth assist of the season in LAFC’s 1-1 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday afternoon – the sixth time in eight matches he’s recorded a goal and/or an assist. Vela played a part of half of LAFC’s 18 first goals (five goals, four assists).
  • This is the first meeting between the clubs. A year ago, NYCFC won both first encounters with the expansion class of 2017, both by 3-1 scorelines – May 7 vs. Atlanta United, and June 29 vs. Minnesota United FC.

 

 

MLS announces Disciplinary Committee Decisions

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

 

NEW YORK (May 4, 2018) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has found Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Anthony Blondell guilty of simulation/embellishment in the 83rd minute of Vancouver’s match against Real Salt Lake on April 27 (VIDEO). The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued Blondell an undisclosed fine.

Columbus Crew SC defender Harrison Afful was found guilty of simulation/embellishment in the 83rd minute of Crew SC’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes on April 28 (VIDEO). The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued Afful an undisclosed fine.

 

MLS welcomes in Week 9 of the 2018 season

MATCH PREVIEWS & NEWS WRITTEN BY MLS COMMUNICATIONS

This Week in MLS – April 23, 2018

  • LAFC to play inaugural match at $350 million Banc of California Stadium on Sunday
  • Osorio, Toronto FC in must-win state to capture Concacaf Champions League Final crown
  • MLS players prepare for 2018 FIFA World Cup with tournament 50 days away
  • 100 Days until MLS All-Stars face Juventus in Atlanta
  • FC Dallas, stalwart defense look to maintain unbeaten start at East-leading NYCFC
  • MLS equals all-time record for goals scored in a weekend
  • MLS Week 9: Match Notes

LAFC to play inaugural match at $350 million Banc of California Stadium on Sunday
The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) last week unveiled its $350 million Banc of California Stadium and will take on Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday for the first ever match at the state-of-the-art facility (9 p.m. ET, FS1). Banc of California Stadium will be the 15th stadium built from the ground up in MLS and the 19th built with soccer in mind. Following the opening of D.C. United’s Audi Field in July 2018 and Minnesota Untied FC’s Allianz Field in 2019, 21 of 23 MLS clubs will play in venues built with soccer in mind.

  • Click here for aerial drone videos of Banc of California Stadium
  • Click here for photographs of Banc of California Stadium

LAFC also opened its new $30 million training facility earlier this month that serves as home for the first team, academy, and club staff. The LAFC Performance Center is the fifth world class MLS training site to open since 2017 catering to both the first team and academy players with New York City FC opening later this season.

With an already announced sellout of its 22,000-seat stadium for its inaugural home match, LAFC expects raucous support for its match against Seattle. Mexico National Team starCarlos Vela and 20-year-old Uruguayan Diego Rossi are both tied for the league-lead in combined goals and assists with eight. The duo have led LAFC to an impressive start to the season, winning four of its first six matches on the road to power the highest scoring team in the league in goals per game (2.67 goals per game).

MLS Club Training Facility Cost Year Opened
Vancouver Whitecaps FC $32.5 million 2017
Atlanta United $60 million 2017
Real Salt Lake $60 million 2017
Sporting Kansas City $75 million 2018
LAFC $30 million 2018
NYCFC TBD Opening 2018

Osorio, Toronto FC in must-win state to capture Concacaf Champions League Final crown
Toronto FC travels down to Guadalajara, Mexico, with the hopes of achieving a first in MLS history – to earn a trip to the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup this December in the United Arab Emirates. To accomplish this feat, Toronto needs to overcome a 2-1 aggregate deficit against famed Liga MX side Chivas de Guadalajara in the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League Final on Wednesday at Estadio Akron (9:30 p.m. ET / UDN, TSN, go90.com).

Toronto’s 25-year-old midfielder Jonathan Osorio has been a breakout player contributing to the club’s CCL success. Following a 2017 MLS season in which he was utilized more frequently off the bench, Osorio has firmly established himself as an attacking stalwart in the CCL as the frontrunner for the Golden Boot race with four tallies, including Toronto’s 19th-minute goal in the opening 2-1 loss to Chivas on April 17 at BMO Field. With Osorio, free kick specialist Sebastian Giovinco (3 goals in CCL) and striker Jozy Altidore (2 goals in CCL) among Toronto’s arsenal, the club will attempt to defeat a third Liga MX side after advancing past Tigres UANL in the quarterfinals and Club América in the semifinal stage.

Jonathan Osorio: Clutch in the CCL

Date/Match Timing of goal Scenario
Feb. 20 Round of 16 – Leg 1 at Colorado Rapids 55th minute Opening goal in frigid conditions would prove to be the series winner (2-0)
March 7 Quarterfinal – Leg 1 vs. Tigres 89th minute Was the Leg 1 game-winner (2-1 victory) to provide Toronto the momentum into an eventual series win
April 10 Semifinal –     Leg 2 at Club América 12th minute Gave Toronto an early lead at Estadio Azteca to establish a 4-1 aggregate advantage against América
April 17 Final –            Leg 1 vs. Chivas 19th minute Supplied a quick equalizer after Guadalajara had opened the match with a second-minute tally

Toronto FC established themselves as one of the best clubs in MLS history after earning the treble in 2017 – the Supporters’ Shield, Canadian Championship and MLS Cup. Winning the CCL Final would further etch Toronto’s name in MLS lure.

How to Watch:

  • Leg 2: Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Toronto FC (Wednesday, April 25, 9:30 p.m. ET) – Watch live on UDN or TSN, or live stream via go90.com or the go90 app

Leg 2 Scenarios:

  • Toronto FC: TFC can win the CCL Final with a two-goal victory (or greater) to win on aggregate; Toronto can also win the final with a one-goal victory provided it can overtake Chivas’ road goals tiebreaker advantage (Chivas leads 2-0).
  • Chivas de Guadalajara: Chivas can win the CCL Final with a win or draw; Chivas can also win with a one-goal loss if they maintain their current road goals tiebreaker advantage of 2-0.
  • Shootout scenario: If Leg 2 ends in a 2-1 Toronto FC win, the series will be decided in a penalty kick shootout.

MLS players prepare for 2018 FIFA World Cup with tournament 50 days away
This Wednesday marks the 50-day countdown to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and a number of MLS players are battling to be included in their respective nation’s roster for the world’s biggest sporting event. Among the standouts expected in Russia this summer include Los Angeles Football Club’s Carlos Vela (Mexico), Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Kendall Waston (Costa Rica) and Orlando City SC’s Yoshimar Yotún (Peru).

Players across the league are also using strong MLS league play to prove they deserve inclusion on their country’s 25-man World Cup roster. Gustav Svensson (Seattle Sounders FC) started for Sweden in World Cup qualifiers and could be joined by New York City FC defender Anton Tinnerholm and LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimović. Tinnerholm has scored two incredible goals for league-leading NYCFC while Ibrahimović’s well known antics have captured Los Angeles by storm with three goals scored in four appearances.

With Mexico set to face Sweden in Group F play, plenty of MLS star power could be on display as Vela could join MLS rivals Jonathan and Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy) on the world’s biggest stage.

100 Days until MLS All-Stars face Juventus in Atlanta
The best in MLS are 100 days out from facing Italy’s finest, Juventus, in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on August 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. As the opposing Italian giants are in deep pursuit of another Serie A title-clinching season after already securing a spot in the Coppa Italia Final set for next month.

Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira, with eight goals this year including a hat trick against Udinese and two goals against Sassuolo, took notice of the global spotlight shining on Atlanta’s record-breaking attendance and supporters culture:

As you can see, if they are coming with 70,000 people, and also we played there last year, so the fans there like ‘soccer’ as they said, I think it will be an amazing experience to play there against the MLS All-Star Team.” (Download Video)

Tickets to the 2018 MLS All-Star Game are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com. The annual midsummer showcase will feature a week of events in Atlanta surrounding the game, including concerts, community service initiatives, player appearances, as well as an additional showcase match featuring the best young players from across the league. More information on the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target can be found at MLSsoccer.com/AllStar.

FC Dallas, stalwart defense look to maintain unbeaten start at East-leading NYCFC
Entering Week 9 of the 2018 season, only one unbeaten club remains as FC Dallas (3-0-3, 12 points) travel to face Eastern Conference-leading New York City FC (5-1-2, 16 points) on Sunday in Frisco, Texas (6 p.m. ET / ESPN+). FC Dallas are third in the Western Conference and sport a mix of top youth prospects and a sturdy defense to compensate for the absences of key figures such as U.S. Men’s National Team and Homegrown Players Kellyn Acosta and Jesse Gonzalez.

Homegrown 19-year-old defender Reggie Cannon has been a significant piece in solidifying FC Dallas’ defense, having started in all six matches in his first full season with the club. Dallas has conceded an MLS-low three goals in six games, anchored by goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer who leads MLS with a 0.50 goals-against average and is tied for the league lead with three shutouts.

Several young players from last year’s FCD squad have played an elevated part in 2018, such as 22-year-old midfielder Jacori Hayes. The first-round selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft has already logged nearly six times as much playing time as his rookie season, starting in all six matches (518 minutes), while scoring the game-winning goal at the New England Revolution on April 14 and assisting the lone Dallas goal during a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers on March 24. Paraguayan forward Cristian Colman , 24, has earned back-to-back starts the past two weeks, and his 89th-minute equalizer off the bench against the Colorado Rapids on April 7 kept Dallas’ unbeaten start intact.

MLS equals all-time record for goals scored in a weekend
With 46 goals scored last Friday through Sunday across an 11-game slate, MLS matched the all-time record for goals scored over a single weekend. That total equaled the 46 goals from last season’s high-stakes MLS Decision Day 2017 presented by AT&T (also scored among 11 matches), when postseason hopes were on the line in Week 33. Sporting Kansas City led the way with a 6-0 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Friday, which equaled a club single-game record set three times previously. Sporting midfielder Johnny Russell and Montreal Impact playmaker Ignacio Piatti each recorded a hat trick, with Piatti surpassing the 50-goal career milestone (currently has 51 goals). (Watch all 46 goals from Week 8).

MLS Week 9: Match Notes
Friday, April 27, 2018
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt Lake, 10:30 p.m. ET (TSN, ESPN+)

  • Whitecaps FC suffered the heaviest defeat of their MLS history, falling 6-0 to Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park on Friday evening. The previous club record for goals allowed in an MLS game was four, set on eight occasions.
  • Real Salt Lake won for a third consecutive match – all at Rio Tinto Stadium – with a 3-0 win against Rocky Mountain rivals Colorado Rapids on Saturday evening. Albert Rusnák scored a goal and added an assist – already the sixth time in his MLS career he’s had a goal and an assist in the same game – while Nick Rimando posted his 139th career league shutout, his first in 2018.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Luis Silva and Jefferson Savarino scored to lead Real Salt Lake to a 2-0 win on April 7 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
  • The ‘Caps have won the past five meetings at BC Place, dating back to 2014, winning 3-2 there last Sept. 9 in the last encounter in Vancouver. RSL have won the last three meetings at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Atlanta United vs. Montreal Impact, 1 p.m. ET (TVA Sports, ESPN+)

  • Atlanta United extended their undefeated run to six games – the second-longest in the club’s MLS history – with a 2-0 win against the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center on Saturday evening.
  • Josef Martínez scored his sixth goal of the season – now leading the MLS Golden Boot standings – while Miguel Almirón converted a penalty kick for his fourth goal of the season, one of two players in MLS this season with at least four goals and four assists.
  • The Impact suffered their third consecutive defeat, falling 5-3 to the Los Angeles Football Club at Stade Saputo on Saturday afternoon.
  • Ignacio Piatti scored a hat trick – with all three goals coming before halftime – the first hat trick of his MLS career and the fifth in the Impact’s MLS history. Piatti became the 61st player in MLS history to reach 50 goals in his league career (now with 51).
  • The teams split their two meetings a year ago in Atlanta United’s inaugural season in MLS. The Impact took a 2-1 win on April 15 at Stade Saputo; Atlanta United returned the favor with a 2-0 victory on Sept. 24 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire, 3 p.m. ET (CTV, ESPN+)

  • Toronto FC suffered their fourth defeat in five matches, falling 5-1 to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Mitchell Taintor – signed on loan the day before the match – scored the TFC goal on his MLS debut.
  • The Fire won their second match on the season, over the past three games, defeating the New York Red Bulls 2-1 at Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon. Nemanja Nikolic scored his fifth goal of the season, sitting second in the MLS Golden Boot standings.
  • Toronto FC have won the past six meetings between the teams, including both matchups a year ago, both by a 3-1 scoreline – the first coming April 21 at BMO Field, the second Aug. 19 at Toyota Park.
  • The Fire’s last victory in the series came April 4, 2015, a 3-2 win at Toyota Park, which ended a 12-game Fire undefeated streak in the series (6-0-6), dating back to 2010.
  • TFC have won the last two meetings at Toyota Park, their only wins ever there. The Fire had come away with five wins and five draws in the first 10 meetings all-time in Bridgeview. TFC have won the past four encounters at BMO Field.

Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United, 3:30 p.m. ET (UniMás, UDN)

  • The Union suffered a second consecutive defeat while seeing their winless streak stretched to five matches, falling 2-0 to FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Saturday evening. The Union saw their current goalless streak extended to 206 minutes.
  • D.C. United return to action after a week off, their last match a 1-0 win against Columbus Crew SC at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Ulises Segura scored the game’s lone goal after 43 seconds – the third-longest in MLS history a team has held on for a 1-0 win.
  • The teams met three times a season ago, and the Union won twice. D.C. United took a 2-1 win on April 1 at RFK Stadium in the first matchup between the clubs, but the Union won the next two, once at each ground, a 4-0 victory on May 13 in the nation’s capital, then a 1-0 win on June 24 at Talen Energy Stadium.
  • The Union win in the second meeting last year ended a six-game United undefeated streak in the series at RFK Stadium. The Union’s last victory on East Capitol Street had come April 21, 2013.
  • The Union have won the past four meetings in Chester, over the last three seasons, without conceding a goal. United have now not scored a goal in the past 444 minutes played at Talen Energy Stadium.

Columbus Crew SC vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • Crew SC put an end to a three-game losing skid but saw their winless streak extended to four games, reaching a 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution at Mapfre Stadium on Saturday evening. Gyasi Zardes scored his fifth goal of the season, sitting in a tie for second place in the MLS Golden Boot standings.
  • The Quakes had their winless streak stretched to five matches, falling 3-2 to Orlando City SC at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday evening. Florian Jungwirth scored both San Jose goals, his first two goals this season (he had two in 30 appearances last year).
  • The Quakes won the lone meeting between the teams a year ago, a 2-1 win on Aug. 5 at Avaya Stadium, extending their home undefeated streak in the series to six matches (3-0-3).
  • Crew SC have won once in the past 10 meetings between the teams – the last meeting at Mapfre Stadium, a 2-0 victory on Aug. 27, 2016. The last Crew SC win had been Aug. 8, 2009, a 3-0 victory at Candlestick Park in San Francisco – the Quakes won two of the next eight meetings, with six draws.

New England Revolution vs. Sporting Kansas City, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • The Revolution gained their second consecutive result on their travels, reaching a 2-2 draw with Columbus Crew SC at Mapfre Stadium on Saturday evening. Alex Bunbury scored his third goal of the season, all coming over the past four games.
  • Sporting extended their undefeated streak to seven matches, matching their largest margin of victory in the club’s 23-year history, defeating Vancouver Whitecaps FC 6-0 at Children’s Mercy Park on Friday evening. The win equaled a 6-0 win against the MetroStars on June 20, 1999.
  • Johnny Russell scored a hat trick, the eighth in SKC club history, now sitting in a tie for second place in the MLS Golden Boot standings with five goals for the season.
  • Sporting won the lone meeting between the teams a year ago, a 3-1 victory on Sept. 16 at Children’s Mercy Park. The Revolution have won once on their past 11 trips to Kansas City, since 2008, a 3-2 victory on Sept. 26, 2014, which ended an eight-game winless streak there in the series.
  • The Revolution have won the past three meetings in Foxborough. The Revolution’s 2-0 win at Gillette Stadium on April 26, 2014, snapped a six-game Sporting undefeated streak in league play in the series, scoring their first goals vs. SKC since July 30, 2011, snapping a 592-minute shutout streak.

Minnesota United FC vs. Houston Dynamo, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • Minnesota United suffered their fourth consecutive loss – the longest losing run of their MLS history – in a 3-1 defeat by Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Dynamo put an end to their four-game winless run, defeating Toronto FC 5-1 on Saturday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium. The five goals matched the club’s record in MLS league play, set four times previously.
  • The teams met three times a year ago in Minnesota United’s inaugural MLS season, and the Dynamo were undefeated. The Dynamo claimed the only win in the series, a 2-1 victory on Sept. 30 at Houston.
  • The teams played to draws in the first two meetings, once at each ground – a 2-2 result on April 15 at BBVA Compass Stadium, and a goalless match on July 19 at TCF Bank Stadium.

LA Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

  • The Galaxy suffered a second consecutive defeat at StubHub Center, falling 2-0 to Atlanta United on Saturday evening.
  • The Red Bulls followed a victory with a loss for a third consecutive league match this season, falling 2-1 to the Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon.
  • The Galaxy won the only meeting between the teams a year ago, a 3-1 victory on May 14 at Red Bull Arena, the first win by either side in the series since 2014. The teams had played to draws in each of the previous two meetings, one at each ground.
  • The win last year was the second by the Galaxy in the past nine meetings, dating back to 2010. Last year’s win also ended a three-game winning streak at Red Bull Arena for New York.
  • The Galaxy have won once in the past five meetings between the teams at StubHub Center, a 4-0 victory on Sept. 28, 2014.

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Colorado Rapids vs. Orlando City SC, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN)

  • The Rapids had their four-game undefeated streak put to an end, falling 3-0 to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Orlando City SC won their fourth consecutive match – one game shy of the club’s record in MLS – defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Dom Dwyer scored for a fourth consecutive game – now with five goals on the season, tied for second place in the MLS Golden Boot standings – while rookie Chris Mueller scored for a third consecutive season, one game shy of the MLS record for consecutive games with a goal by a rookie.
  • The Rapids have yet to win – and score a goal – in the all-time series vs. Orlando City. Orlando City have won twice, both times by 2-0 scorelines, both times at home – June 24, 2015 at the Citrus Bowl, and last April 29 at Orlando City Stadium in the only meeting between the teams.
  • The teams played to a goalless draw in their only meeting ever at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Aug. 20, 2016.

New York City FC vs. FC Dallas, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

  • New York City FC saw their undefeated start to the season put to an end, falling 3-0 to the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Sunday afternoon. The defeat snapped an overall eight-game undefeated streak in league play, dating back to the end of last season.
  • FC Dallas are the only team remaining in MLS without a loss this season, following their 2-0 win against the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Stadium on Saturday evening. It was a second consecutive win for FCD, both by shutout, now 208 minutes since last conceding a goal.
  • FC Dallas have yet to lose to NYCFC in their all-time series. FCD claimed a victory in the first meeting ever between the clubs, a 2-1 win on Sept. 12, 2015 at Toyota Stadium.
  • The teams have reached draws in each of the past two seasons, once at each ground – a 2-2 result Sept. 17, 2016 at Yankee Stadium, then a 1-1 draw in last year’s only encounter, May 14 at Toyota Stadium.

Los Angeles Football Club vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 9 p.m. ET (FS1)

  • The teams are meeting for the second time ever. Diego Rossi scored in the 11th minute as LAFC opened their MLS history with a 1-0 win against Sounders FC on March 4 at CenturyLink Field, the fourth expansion team in league annals to start with a victory.
  • LAFC concluded their six-match road trip to start their MLS history with a fourth victory, storming back from two goals down for a 5-3 win against the Montréal Impact at Stade Saputo on Saturday afternoon.
  • Carlos Vela scored his fifth goal of the season, now tied for second in the MLS Golden Boot standings, while Marco Ureña collected his fifth assist of the season, sitting in a tie for the league lead.
  • Sounders FC won their first match of the season, ending a four-game winless run to start the year, defeating Minnesota United 3-1 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday afternoon.
  • Cristian Roldan collected a pair of assists – the first multiple-assist game of his MLS career – as Will Bruin scored his second goal of the season.

 


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