Three Big Storylines:
- Atlanta United started their expansion lives with a 2-1 home loss to New York Red Bulls but followed that up with a 6-1 demolition of fellow expansion side Minnesota United last week. Atlanta will look to take that momentum into their second home game, and second game with over 50,000 tickets sold, as they host the Chicago Fire on the first National TV game of the weekend (see below). The Fire have four points from their two played with an opening draw at the Columbus Crew and an emphatic 2-0 home win over Real Salt Lake last weekend.
- This weekend is the start of a groundbreaking new streaming distribution deal for MLS. The aforementioned Atlanta United vs. Chicago Fire game is the first of at least 22 matches that will be streamed on Facebook Live this season via the Univision Deportes Facebook Page. The games will be in English with a specific set of announcers dedicated to the Facebook stream production. This will likely be a different viewing experience as they are optimizing the stream for mobile viewing and the announcers will attempt to interact with viewers directly on the broadcast via Facebook.
- Only three teams in MLS remain without a point through the first two weeks of play. The New England Revolution who have only played one game as their second match was postponed due to weather; the woeful expansion team Minnesota United, their attack looks to be MLS quality and has shown some bite but their defense is a shambles giving up 11 goals in two matches; and the MLS “Super Team” formerly known as the LA Galaxy. To make matters worse, the Galaxy have lost both games at home to Western Conference foes FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers. The Galaxy head to Utah Saturday to take on RSL (6:30 PM, MLS Live) and while no early game is a must win in MLS, the Galaxy are not going to want to give up another three points to a Western Conference opponent.
From a Sounders Point of View:
Three Western Conference opponents are on six points from two games: the Portland Timbers, Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes. The Timbers host the Dynamo on Saturday night (7:30 PM, ROOT Sports in the Northwest, MLS Live nationally) and Seattle Sounders fans will likely be cheering for a Dynamo win but will be happy if the Timbers return to their drawing habits of years past. The Earthquakes are traveling to Sporting Kansas City (5:30 PM, MLS Live) to take on a SKC squad that has not conceded or scored a goal this season.
The Seattle Sounders next MLS opponent will be Atlanta United on Friday, March 31st. Thus keep an eye on that UniMas broadcast or Facebook Live stream for a preview.
National TV Listings:
Atlanta United v Chicago Fire
Date/Time: Saturday, 1 PM
Seattle Sounders v New York Red Bulls
Date/Time: Sunday, 4:00 PM
TV: Fox Sports 1
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
There is no ESPN broadcast this weekend, as they have commitments to show the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament all weekend.
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