Three Big Storylines:
- Orlando City has quickly became one of the most fun teams to watch in the Eastern Conference of MLS. Kaka has been as good as advertised or even better than the naysayers predicted and their home crowd looks to have carried over some momentum from the big opening game Citrus Bowl sellout. Over 30,000 tickets have been sold for Friday night's MLS weekend opener on National TV where Kaka and company take on DC United. And for as entertaining as Kaka has been, Orlando also employs Aurelien Collin. As a neutral you can cheer for the offense and against the defense and come out with a high scoring entertaining match.
- It is Week 5 in MLS and the elephant in the corner is not exactly stomping, but it is starting to demand some attention. To what am I referring you ask? Surely he must be railing on the MLS scheduling wisdom (or lack thereof) with four more teams on bye this week joining Week 2 and Week 3 as 8 match gameweeks while on Week 4 (a FIFA date) had a full 10 match slate? Nope, I am referring to the fact that the calendar has now turned to April and we have still yet to see the Colorado Rapids score a goal. But that is somewhat unfair, let's rephrase. The calendar has turned to April and we have yet to see the Colorado Rapids concede a goal. That's right, the Rapids have played three 0-0 Draws to start the season. Clint Irwin has been great in net while the offense has not been good. The Rapids host New England at 4 PM Pacific on Saturday (MLS Live).
- Vancouver is quietly experiencing a very strong start to the campaign. With three wins in a row after losing their opener at home to Toronto the Whitecaps are playing some of the most entertaining soccer in MLS. They will host the Galaxy on Saturday night. The Galaxy return Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes from international duty and will be salivating over the prospects of Pa Moudah Kah as a starting Centre-back (that's Canadian for CB) for Vancouver. Despite missing out on the last USMNT matches, Omar Gonzalez is a very good MLS defender for the Galaxy and will destroy any crosses heading into the box. But Vancouver has been creating opportunities with their lightning fast counter attack and keeping the ball on the ground. It will be interesting to see how Omar deals with newly named MLS Player of the Month for March, Octavio Rivero.
From a Sounders Point of View:
It's still early, but Vancouver is averaging 2.25 PPG. We do not want to see them get too far ahead, but as discussed in the third point above they are playing the Galaxy. Sounders fans are always happy to see the Galaxy drop points. Pick your poison in that match.
The Portland Timbers host FC Dallas on Saturday night at 7:30 PM (Root Sports in the the Pacific Northwest if you want to set your DVR). FC Dallas has only dropped two points all season, but they have not earned a shot on goal in weeks! In these early season Western Conference affairs it is always better for the game to net two points than one team get three points. Let's all cheer for the Timbers to do their thing and earn another home draw.
National TV Listings and Streams:
DC United at Orlando City SC
Friday, 4 PM Pacific, UniMas*
*Note, the SAP button will be active and have English language commentary.