Three Big Storylines:
- The New England Revolution open the weekend on Friday's UniMas featured game hosting the New York Red Bulls in a traditional MLS rivalry. The Revs did not take the international break off and come into this game in rhythm. And by in rhythm I mean they have draws in three of their four matches. The Red Bulls did take the international break off and will be playing their fourth game of the season coming off their first points in a wild 4-3 win over the Houston Dynamo in Red Bull Arena. The infallible Mark Geiger has been assigned as the center referee, eliminating any conjecture over a non-disclosed suspension.
- MLS and FIFA dates. It's getting better, with only three games over the international break last weekend. And we have learned that it is largely up to the clubs whether they play or not over the FIFA breaks. Now the question is why do two of the teams that played through the international break last weekend, New York City FC and Houston Dynamo, have byes this weekend? That seems to kind of defeat the point of playing through the international break.
- There is only one national TV game on Sunday and it will feature the season debut of Kaká for Orlando City SC as they host the Portland Timbers. Cyle Larin is off to a hot start for OCSC with a goal in each of his three games on the season.
From a Sounders Point of View:
The only team in MLS without a point are the Sounders. Just get three points. Next week's opponent is the Houston Dynamo, as covered in point #2 above, they inexplicably have a bye this weekend.
And as you enjoy your Sunday afternoon you can cheer for Kaká to make a triumphant 2016 MLS debut against the Timbers.
National TV Listings:
Orlando City SC v Portland Timbers FC
Sunday, 5 PM
TV: Fox Sports 1
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
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