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Columbus signs defenseman Ryan Collins to three-year entry level contract

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  APRIL 5, 2017
Club’s 2014 second round pick to join AHL’s Cleveland Monsters
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Ryan Collins to a three-year Entry Level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen

announced today.  He will join the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters prior to Friday’s game at Milwaukee.

 

 

Collins, 20, has spent the past three seasons at the University of Minnesota, where he recorded four goals and 18 assists for 22 points with 77 penalty minutes
and a cumulative +15 plus/minus rating in 98 career games and helped the Golden Gophers capture three consecutive regular season Big Ten championships.
In 2016-17, he registered career highs in goals, points (tied), plus/minus rating and games played with 3-6-9, 28 PIM and +12 in 37 games.
Selected by the Blue Jackets in the second round, 47th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft, Collins earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2015-16
and was Minnesota’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2014-15.
The Bloomington, Minnesota native was a product of the United States National Team Development Program
and represented Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships.  He also helped Team USA win a gold medal
at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championships.
The Blue Jackets return to action Thursday when they host the Winnipeg Jets.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET.
Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.
The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan FM,
and online at BlueJackets.com.
Tickets for Blue Jackets home games during the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs are on sale now
at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line
at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Information on ticketing packages for the 2017-18 season can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

Columbus Blue Jackets send Sonny Milano back to Cleveland Monsters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  APRIL 5, 2017
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Sonny Milano to the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

 

Milano, 20, has skated in three games with the Blue Jackets this season.  He has also registered 16 goals and 27 assists for 43 points with 20 penalty minutes in 59 games with Cleveland in 2016-17, leading the club in points and assists (tied) and ranking second in goals.
Selected by the Blue Jackets in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft, Milano has 0-1-1 and an “even” plus/minus rating in six career NHL games.  He made his Blue Jackets’ debut at the New York Islanders on Mar. 31, 2016 and registered his first career point with an assist in the following game at Carolina on Apr. 2, 2016.  He has 30-49-79 and 42 penalty minutes in 123 career AHL games.  In his first full pro season, he picked up 14-17-31, 22 penalty minutes and was +12 in 54 games for the Monsters in 2015-16 and added 4-4-8 in 17 playoff games to help the club capture the Calder Cup championship.
The Massapequa, New York native spent two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program from 2012-14 and collected 22-46-68 and 24 penalty minutes in 50 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers in 2014-15.  He also notched 2-2-4 in five games for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Thursday when they host the Winnipeg Jets.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET.  Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.  The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan FM, and online at BlueJackets.com.
Tickets for Blue Jackets home games during the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, go on sale Tuesday, April 4, at 10 a.m.  at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Information on all ticketing packages for 2016-17 can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

 

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NHL Morning Skate for Thursday, April 6, 2017: Capitals are NHL’s top team for the regular season

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
BUFFALO 2, Montreal 1
WASHINGTON 2, NY Rangers 0

OVECHKIN, HOLTBY HELP CAPITALS WRAP UP PRESIDENTS’ TROPHY
Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring and Braden Holtby denied all 24 shots he faced to help the Capitals (54-18-8, 116 points) clinch the Metropolitan Division title, Eastern Conference, Presidents’ Trophy and the No. 1 overall seed in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* The Capitals, who own a 10-1-1 mark in their past 12 games, claimed the Presidents’ Trophy for the second straight season and third time in franchise history (2009-10 and 2015-16). Only two other clubs have won the Presidents’ Trophy at least three times since its inception in 1985-86: the Red Wings (6) and Rangers (3).

* This marks the 10th division title for Washington and the fourth time that the club has secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference (2009-10, 2010-11 and 2015-16).

* Ovechkin scored his 96th career game-winning goal (eighth this season) to tie Mats Sundin for 11h place on the NHL’s all-time list. He shares ninth in the League with 34 goals overall this season.

* Holtby registered his ninth shutout of the season (62 GP) to regain the League lead and equal a franchise record originally set by Jim Carey in 1995-96 (71 GP) and tied by Holtby in 2014-15 (73 GP). He also moved into sole possession of the League lead with his 42nd win of 2016-17.

DID YOU KNOW?
The Capitals posted their 12th shutout of the season as they continue their pursuit of the William M. Jennings Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it.”

Washington has allowed only 179 goals against this season to lead the League, five fewer than the Blue Jackets (184). The Canadiens (194), Kings (195), Sharks (196) and Ducks (197) are the only other clubs with fewer than 200 goals against in 2016-17.

TWO OF EIGHT MATCHUPS DETERMINED FOR FIRST ROUND
Two matchups for the First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs were determined via Wednesday’s results:

* The Rangers are locked into the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference and a First Round series against the Canadiens, the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Division. This marks their 16th postseason meeting (NYR: 8, MTL: 7) and second in the past four years. In the 2014 Conference Finals, Henrik Lundqvist registered a series-clinching shutout in Game 6 to lead New York past Montreal and into the Stanley Cup Final.

* The Penguins and Blue Jackets are guaranteed to meet in the opening round for the second time – Pittsburgh defeated Columbus in six games in the 2014 First Round, a series that featured two overtime victories by the Blue Jackets. The Penguins currently hold a three-point lead over the Blue Jackets in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Metropolitan Division and home ice in the opening round.

LOOSE PUCKS
The Capitals extended a franchise record with their League-leading 32nd home win of the season . . . The Sabres closed their home schedule with a victory over the Canadiens, the top seed in the Atlantic Division . . . Sabres forward Jack Eichel (0-1—1) established career highs for assists (33) and points (57) in a season, despite playing in only 59 games in 2016-17 . . . Canadiens forward Alexander Radulov extended his point streak to five games (3-3—6) . . . Bruins forward Brad Marchand will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety this morning for spearing Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin . . . Ilkka Sinisalo, who played in the Stanley Cup Final twice for the Flyers during his 11 NHL seasons, died in his native Finland on Wednesday at age 58.

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Ottawa @ Boston, 7 p.m., NBCSN, NESN, TSN5, RDS
Pittsburgh @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., SN360, MSG+, ROOT
NY Islanders @ Carolina, 7 p.m., FS-CR, MSG+ 2
Winnipeg @ Columbus, 7 p.m., FS-O, TSN3
Tampa Bay @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, TSN4, FS-F
St. Louis @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, FS-MW
Nashville @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., FS-SW, FS-TN
Minnesota @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, FS-N
Vancouver @ Arizona, 10 p.m., FS-A PLUS, SNP
Chicago @ Anaheim, 10 p.m., NBCSN, CSN-CH
Calgary @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., SN360, FS-W
Edmonton @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., NBCS CA+, SNW
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FINAL TWO PLAYOFF POSITIONS UP FOR GRABS ON 12-GAME NIGHT
The final two spots in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs could be determined on Thursday as all four teams in the running take the ice:

* The Senators (42-27-10, 94 points), who would clinch a playoff spot by earning a point, head to Boston to take on the Bruins (44-30-6, 94 points), who wrapped up their spot in the postseason on Tuesday. The game will be broadcast in the U.S. on NBCSN as part of a doubleheader – in the second half, the Ducks (44-23-13, 101 points) aim to inch closer to the Pacific Division title when they host the Blackhawks (50-22-8, 108 points), who have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

* In Toronto, the Lightning (39-30-10, 88 points) look to keep their playoff hopes alive as they face off against the Maple Leafs (39-25-15, 93 points), who need only one point to wrap up a playoff berth. Elias notes that Toronto’s Auston Matthews (39-28—67) sits one goal shy of becoming just the fourth rookie in NHL history to score 40 goals in a season before celebrating his 20th birthday.

* The Islanders (38-29-12, 88 points), the first team outside the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, aim to stay in the postseason hunt when they visit the Hurricanes (35-30-14, 84 points). New York has won three straight games overall and five of its past six road contests.

NCAA FROZEN FOUR BEGINS TODAY
The NCAA Frozen Four begins today at United Center in Chicago:

Semifinal 1 – Harvard vs. Minnesota-Duluth (6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Semifinal 2 – Denver vs. Notre Dame (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

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NHL Morning Skate Report for Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Boston Bruins in Playoffs

TUESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
BOSTON 4, Tampa Bay 0
NEW JERSEY 1, Philadelphia 0 (OT)
PITTSBURGH 4, Columbus 1
Washington 4, TORONTO 1
OTTAWA 2, Detroit 0
Winnipeg 5, ST. LOUIS 2
NY Islanders 2, NASHVILLE 1 (OT)
MINNESOTA 5, Carolina 3
DALLAS 3, Arizona 2 (OT)
COLORADO 4, Chicago 3 (OT)
ANAHEIM 3, Calgary 1
LOS ANGELES 6, Edmonton 4
SAN JOSE 3, Vancouver 1

BRUINS EXTEND WIN STREAK, PUNCH TICKET TO THE POSTSEASON
David Pastrnak scored twice and Tuukka Rask turned aside all 28 shots he faced to help the Bruins clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their eighth postseason appearance in the past 10 seasons. The Bruins (44-30-6, 94 points) extended their win streak to six games and leapfrogged the Maple Leafs (39-25-15, 93 points) for third place in the Atlantic Division.

* Pastrnak reached the 70-point plateau for the first time in his NHL career (34-36—70) and became the second Bruins player to hit the mark this season, joining Brad Marchand (39-46—85). Pastrnak and Marchand became the first pair of Bruins teammates to record 70 or more points in a season since 2008-09 (Marc Savard: 25-63—88 and David Krejci: 22-51—73).

* Rask registered his eighth shutout of 2016-17 to move into a share of the League lead and eclipse his single-season career high of seven set in 2013-14. Rask became the first Bruins goaltender to record eight or more shutouts in a season since Tim Thomas in 2010-11 (9).

CAPITALS, PENGUINS KEEP PACE IN PRESIDENTS’ TROPHY RACE
The Capitals (53-18-8, 114 points) and Penguins (49-19-11, 109 points) each earned victories to keep pace in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy and the No. 1 overall seed in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

Kevin Shattenkirk (GWG) scored his first goal in a Washington uniform to power the League-leading Capitals to a 9-1-1 record in their last 11 games. Alex Ovechkin (558-475—1,033) collected an assist to pass Alexander Mogilny (473-559—1,032) for the second-most points by a Russian-born player in NHL history, trailing only Sergei Fedorov (483-696—1,179).

Matt Murray made 38 saves to backstop the Penguins past the Blue Jackets. Pittsburgh earned its third consecutive win and increased its lead to three points over Columbus (49-22-8, 106 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division, keeping pace with Washington.

TOP PACIFIC DIVISION CLUBS REGISTER WINS
The playoff-bound Ducks (44-23-13, 101 points) and Sharks (45-28-7, 97 points) registered wins to gain ground in the tightly-contested race for the No. 1 seed in the Pacific Division:

* Down 1-0, the Pacific Division-leading Ducks scored three unanswered goals to extend their point streak to 12 games (9-0-3) and eclipse the 100-point mark for the fourth straight season. Anaheim has won 25 consecutive regular-season home games versus Calgary dating to April 4, 2004 (CGY: 0-20-5), the longest such run against one opponent in NHL history.

* The Sharks scored twice in the opening 30 seconds of the game en route to a 3-1 win over the Canucks. San Jose established a franchise record for the fastest two goals to start a game, eclipsing the mark set on Oct. 22, 1998 versus Chicago (0:47). The Sharks moved into a tie with the Oilers (44-26-9, 97 points) – in terms of points – for second place in the Pacific Division.

OTHER EASTERN CONFERENCE TEAMS SECURE VALUABLE WINS
Two Eastern Conference clubs in the hunt for postseason berths secured wins:

Craig Anderson turned aside all 24 shots he faced to help the Senators (42-27-10, 94 points) snap a five-game slide (0-3-2) and move into second place in the Atlantic Division. Anderson, who was honored in a pre-game ceremony for recently appearing in his 500th NHL game, picked up his fifth shutout of the season and improved to 23-11-4 overall (2.35 GAA, .925 SV%, 5 SO).

Thomas Hickey scored at 1:25 of overtime to lead the Islanders (38-29-12, 88 points) to their third consecutive win. The Islanders moved within five points of the Maple Leafs (39-25-15, 93 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

MCDAVID, DRAISAITL EXTEND POINT STREAKS TO 11 GAMES
Oilers forwards Connor McDavid (6-14—20) and Leon Draisaitl (5-14—19) each collected assists to extend their respective point streaks to 11 games. Elias notes that McDavid and Draisaitl equaled the longest point streak by an Oilers player since Andrei Kovalenko from Dec. 12, 1996 – Jan. 7, 1997 (8-7—15).

LOOSE PUCKS
Nino Niederreiter (2-1—3) and Zach Parise (1-2—3) each collected three points as the Wild (47-25-8, 102 points) clinched second place in the Central Division . . . Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin scored for the fifth consecutive game (6-1—7) and has reached the 30-goal mark in each of his first two NHL seasons . . . Jets forward Mark Scheifele (1-1—2) reached the 80-point mark for the first time in his NHL career (31-49—80) . . . Kings forward Nick Shore (1-3—4) collected a career-high four points . . . Stars defenseman Julius Honka scored the first goal of his NHL career (14 GP) . . . Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell skated in his first NHL game since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November . . . Dion Phaneuf (900) and Jimmy Howard (400) appeared in milestone games . . . Andrew Poturalski (CAR), Ben Thomson (NJD), Samuel Morin (PHI) and Mike Vecchione (PHI) made their NHL debuts . . . The Wild honored forward Eric Staal (0-2—2) in a pre-game ceremony for recently skating in his 1,000th NHL game . . . The Devils honored Patrik Elias in a pre-game ceremony, who recently announced his retirement from the NHL after 20 seasons (all w/ NJD) . . . The Wild donned vintage 1967-68 Minnesota North Stars jerseys in pre-game warmup and forward Zach Parise honored his late father J.P. Parise by wearing his helmet and gloves for the occasion.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL MORNING SKATE PUBLICATION

MLS readies for Week 6: Crew SC travels to Chicago Fire on Saturday

This Week in MLS – April 3, 2017
  • FC Dallas sets sights on CONCACAF Champions League final while Vancouver aims for historic comeback
  • Future stars of MLS kick off 2016-17 Generation adidas Cup on Friday
  • What offseason? Martinez, Valeri highlight top performers in first month of the season
  • Week 6 Game Previews

FC Dallas sets sights on CONCACAF Champions League final while Vancouver aims for historic comeback
FC Dallas is on the brink of history with an opportunity to become the first MLS team to win multiple matches on Mexican soil.

With a 2-1 advantage coming out of leg one, Dallas will face Pachuca on the road at Estadio Hidalgo this Tuesday (10 p.m. ET, UDN/Facebook), attempting to become the second MLS team in three seasons, and third overall, to advance to the final of CONCACAF Champions League.

One of two MLS teams that has defeated a Liga MX side on the road, Dallas have been in Mexico for nearly a week in preparation to take on Pachuca. With a victory, Dallas would be the third MLS team to win a CCL match in Mexico since the change to a new tournament format, becoming the first team to accomplish the feat in 2011.

Midfielder Kellyn Acosta pushed Dallas to a 2-1 home victory over Pachuca in leg one of the semifinals with a beautiful game-winning free kick goal , the 21-year-old’s franchise record setting third goal in CCL action. On the heels of four goals in six matches this season, including CCL and MLS regular season action, Acosta earned a call up to a pair of U.S. Men’s National Team 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, with the Homegrown Player featuring in a 1-1 draw against Panama. Joining Acosta on the U.S. squad was 23-year-old FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman, as the duo once again look for a positive result in a road match in Latin American territory.

Pachuca, meanwhile, features former LA Galaxy defender and current U.S. Men’s National Team player Omar Gonzalez, as the Dallas native looks to extend Pachuca’s 14-month undefeated streak at Estadio Hidalgo.

FC Dallas – Pachuca Scenarios

  • FC Dallas advances with win or draw
  • FC Dallas advances with one-goal loss when 2+ goals
  • Game goes to extra time if Pachuca holds a 2-1 lead
  • Pachuca advances with a 1-0 win
  • Pachuca advances with any 2+ goal win

In other CCL semifinal action, Vancouver looks to bounce back from a 2-0 loss in Mexico against Tigres UANL in the friendly confines of BC Place on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET, Galavision/Facebook.com ). On the heels of a 4-2 victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday, Whitecaps FC will need another strong offensive performance to improve on Canadian MLS teams’ 1-2-3 overall record when hosting Mexican clubs in CCL play.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Tigres UANL Scenarios

  • Vancouver advances with win by 3+ goal differential
  • Game goes to extra time if Vancouver holds a 2-0 lead
  • Tigres advances with win, draw or 2+ loss in which they score a goal

Future stars of MLS kick off 2016-17 Generation adidas Cup on Friday
The future of MLS Homegrown talent will take center stage on Friday when the 2016-17 Generation adidas Cup kicks off at the Toyota Soccer Center at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The top young talent from 19 MLS academies and 13 premier international clubs will compete for the top prize, with an MLS Academy team looking to win the U-17 tournament for the first time since the Philadelphia Union took home the title in 2012.

MLS Academies will get the chance to prove themselves against some of the most decorated youth academies in the world, as the 13 international clubs – the most ever since their inclusion in 2013 – include the likes of Spanish giants Real Madrid C.F. and Malaga CF, and Mexican powers Tigres UANL, C.F. Monterrey, C.D. Guadalajara, Pumas UNAM and Club Tijuana.

The Generation adidas Cup has showcased some of the league’s most accomplished Homegrown Players, including current U.S Men’s National Team and FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta, New England Revolution teammates Juan Agudelo and Diego Fagundez, U.S. Under-20 and Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad, and USMNT and D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

Generation adidas group play begins on Friday, April 7 with the division tournament final set for Saturday, April 15. A full Generation adidas Cup competition and live stream schedule, and further information on the tournament can be found HERE.

Martinez and Valeri highlight top performers in first month of the season
Some players have started off the 2017 season with a bang, showing little sign of the offseason in the first month of play. Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez needed no time to adapt to a new league with the Venezuelan newcomer scoring five goals in three games, while Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri continued to display his MVP status, recording four goals and two assists across four games in the month of March.

With April officially underway, who will continue their fiery start into the second month of the season?

Top performers for the month of March

Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers)

  • 4 goals in 4 games played
  • 2 goals 3/3 vs Minnesota United
  • Leads league in shots and shots on goal

Ola Kamara (Columbus Crew SC)

  • 3 goals in 4 games played
  • Goals in 3 consecutive games 3/11-25

Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC)

  • 3 goals in 2 games played
  • 2 goals 3/18 vs Philadelphia Union
  • All 3 of goals scored by Orlando City in 2017

Josef Martinez (Atlanta United)

  • 5 goals in 3 games played
  • Hat trick 3/12 vs Minnesota United
  • 2 goals 3/18 vs Chicago Fire
  • Tied all-time league record for most goals in first 3 MLS games

Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City)

  • 2 shutouts in 3 games played
  • 11 saves on 12 shots, 1 goal allowed (0.33 GAA)
  • 269-minute shutout streak to start season
  • 1 win, 2 draws

Romell Quioto (Houston Dynamo)

  • 3 goals in 3 games played
  • Goals in each of Houston Dynamo games in 2017

Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

  • 2 shutouts in 4 games played
  • 10 saves on 14 shots, 4 goals allowed (1.00 GAA)
  • 2 wins, 1 draw

Erick Torres (Houston Dynamo)

  • 3 goals in 3 games played
  • Goals in each of Houston Dynamo games in 2017

Maximiliano Urruti (FC Dallas)

  • 3 goals in 2 games played
  • 2 goals 3/18 vs New England Revolution

Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)

  • 4 goals, 2 assists in 4 games played
  • 2 goals 3/3 vs Minnesota United
  • 2 goals 3/18 vs Houston Dynamo

Week 6 Game Previews
Friday, April 7
Montreal Impact at LA Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.

  • Romain Alessandrini netted his first two MLS goals, but the Galaxy suffered their third loss in four outings this season, conceding a season-high four goals in a 4-2 loss at Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Alessandrini has been involved in each of the Galaxy’s last four goals over the last two games.
  • The Impact reached a third consecutive draw, ending in a 2-2 result with the Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon at Toyota Park, as Homegrown Player Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla scored a late goal.

Saturday, April 8
Columbus Crew SC at Chicago Fire, 2 p.m.

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger made his MLS debut a noteworthy one, scoring just 17 minutes into his Chicago Fire opener in their 2-2 draw with the Montréal Impact on Saturday afternoon at Toyota Park.
  • Crew SC won their third game on the trot, their second in a row at Mapfre Stadium, defeating Orlando City SC 2-0 on Saturday evening. Justin Meram scored both Crew SC goals; he has three goals over the last two games.

Houston Dynamo at New England Revolution, 2 p.m.

  • The Revolution gained their first road point after a pair of losses away, coming back for a late 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday evening at Providence Park through a late Lee Nguyen equalizer.
  • Erick Torres scored his first career hat trick in MLS play, now leading the MLS Golden Boot race with six goals for the season, as the Dynamo won their third game in four starts in a 4-1 win against the New York Red Bulls at BBVA Compass Stadium.

New York City FC at D.C. United, 4 p.m.

  • Jose Guillermo Ortiz and Luciano Acosta netted United’s first goals of the season, as D.C. won for the first time this year in a 2-1 win against Philadelphia Union on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium.
  • NYCFC concluded an unbeaten three-game homestand with a second victory, getting a late goal from Tommy McNamara for a 2-1 win against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Portland Timbers at Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m.

  • C.J. Sapong scored for a third consecutive match, but Union are still looking for their first win of the season following a second successive defeat in a 2-1 loss at D.C. United on Saturday evening.
  • Diego Valeri has five goals in five games, hitting for the lone Timbers tally as they reached a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution on Sunday evening at Providence Park.

Atlanta United at Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m.

  • Toronto FC are still undefeated on the new season, reaching a third draw in four matches in their scoreless result with Sporting Kansas City in the home opener at BMO Field on Friday evening.
  • Atlanta United were held goalless for the first time in their MLS history, but still extended their undefeated run to three games, following their 0-0 result with Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field.

Minnesota United FC at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.

  • FC Dallas return to action after a weekend off, still undefeated to start the 2017 MLS season after a come-from-behind 2-1 win against the New England Revolution in their last match, March 18 at Toyota Stadium. Maximiliano Urruti scored both goals for FCD, now with three in league play this year.
  • Minnesota United FC won for the first time in their MLS history, rolling to a 4-2 win against Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening at TCF Bank Stadium. Christian Ramirez netted two goals for MNUFC, now with four goals in his first five MLS games.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.

  • Real Salt Lake weren’t able to start off the Mike Petke era with a victory, Minnesota United FC hitting for a four-goal blitz in a 4-2 win Saturday evening at TCF Bank Stadium.
  • Whitecaps FC won their first league match of 2017, Matias Laba scoring a pair of goals over the final quarter of the contest for a 4-2 come-from-behind win against the LA Galaxy on Saturday evening at BC Place.

Seattle Sounders FC at San Jose Earthquakes, 10:30 p.m.

  • Sounders FC extended their undefeated streak to three games with a second draw in that time, reaching a goalless result with Atlanta United on Friday evening at CenturyLink Field.
  • The Earthquakes suffered a second consecutive loss in a second consecutive away match, falling 2-1 to New York City FC on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Sunday, April 9
New York Red Bulls at Orlando City SC, 4 p.m.

  • Orlando City SC had their two-game winning streak to start the season put to an end on Saturday evening, falling 2-0 to Columbus Crew SC at Mapfre Stadium.
  • The Red Bulls suffered their second defeat in three matches – their first losses after an 18-game league undefeated streak – following a 4-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Colorado Rapids at Sporting Kansas City, 7 p.m.

  • Sporting are still undefeated on the season, reaching a third draw in four games in a scoreless result with Toronto FC on Saturday evening at BMO Field.
  • The Rapids return to action after a weekend off, their last match a 2-2 draw with Minnesota United FC on March 18 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

 

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