Three Big Storylines:
- Orlando City SC's new DP signing, Antonio Nocerino, is expected to make his debut on Friday night. It is not decided if Nocerino will start or come off the bench as he is not yet 90 minutes fit. With Kaká still out for Orlando City, Nocerino will be expected to help Cyle Larin power the Orlando attack. After a rookie record 17 goals in 2015, Larin has picked up right where he left off with a 94th minute goal and 95th minute assist for Orlando City SC in their dramatic 2-2 comeback in the opener against Real Salt Lake in front a 60,147 in a sold out Citrus Bowl.
- The Vancouver Whitecaps opened at home against Canadian rivals Montreal Impact, who were without Didier Drogba, and they were expecting a good start to their season as expectations are high in Vancouver. They were promptly ran over by the attacking force known as Ignacio Piatti in a 3-2 loss. Before heading to Seattle for the first Cascadia match of the season next weekend, the Whitecaps are playing at Sporting Kansas City (Saturday, 5:30 PM, MLS Live) in the newly renamed Children's Mercy Park. It's early, but with the Seattle game looming the 'Caps will not want to head to Seattle with zero points.
- The San Jose Earthquakes will host their second home match of the season when they host the Portland Timbers to cap the weekend's slate of 10 matches in the final national TV game. The Quakes earned a 1-0 home win over the Colorado Rapids via a Chris Wondolowski header to open the second half. The Timbers also opened the season with a win over the Columbus Crew 2-1 and will present a more formidable challenge to the San Jose defense than the Rapids did.
From a Sounders Point of View:
Three points, just get three points in Utah.
It's too early to start cheering for specific results and there are no Western Conference versus Eastern Conference matches. Plus, really who wants to pick between Portland and San Jose? Hopefully Draw City makes their return in that match.
National TV Listings:
San Jose Earthquakes v Portland Timbers
Sunday, 4 PM
TV: Fox Sports 1
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
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