Three Big Storylines:
- The LA Galaxy have struggled to open the season with only three points from four played and were soundly beaten 4-2 last weekend by the Vancouver Whitecaps. They will hope to get back into the winning column as they open the weekend on Friday night hosting a short-handed Montreal Impact (7:30 PM, MLS Live) team that are without Andres Romero and have both Ignacio Piatti and Laurent Ciman as game time decisions. New Galaxy designated player Romain Alessandrini looks to be settling into MLS play and is coming off a two goal performance in the loss to Vancouver.
- Minnesota United’s full standings line in the MLS table looks like a typo. Four points from five played with a 1-3-1 (W-L-D) record, okay that seems fine. But then: 10 Goals For, 20 Goals Against netting a -10 Goal Differential. Minnesota’s five games as an MLS franchise have averaged a 2-4 loss. The good news is that their offense has been continually dangerous, the bad news is that defense. Help is on the way as the Loons acquired Sam Cronin and Marc Burch from Colorado last week and both should be available when they travel to Dallas on Saturday (5 PM, MLS Live) to take on an FC Dallas team that was just knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday.
- Sunday sees the return of the regular MLS weekend schedule with two national TV games featured on ESPN and Fox Sports. ESPN has the first game with the New York Red Bulls travelling south to take on Orlando City. Both teams are coming in off a loss as the Red Bulls gave up a hat trick to Cubo Torres and lost 4-1 in Houston while Orlando were soundly beaten 2-0 in Columbus. FS1 finishes the double header with Sporting Kansas City accomplishing the ultra rare “MLS worst offense” (2 goals for in four played) and “MLS best defense” (1 goal against) double hosting the Colorado Rapids.
From a Sounders Point of View:
Seattle Sounders fans love to see the Galaxy struggle. If the Montreal Impact can pull out even a draw on Friday night, that would be great.
Speaking of teams that Sounders fans like to see struggle, the Portland Timbers are on the road this weekend to take on the Philadelphia Union (4 PM, Root Sports in the Northwest, MLS Live everywhere else). Go Philly.
The Sounders are in Vancouver next Friday night. One hour before the Sounders kickoff on Saturday night in San Jose the Whitecaps will be in Utah to play Real Salt Lake. RSL debuts new head coach Mike Petke in the game, look for a draw in that Western Conference battle.
National TV Listings:
Date/Time: Saturday, 1 PM
Orlando City v New York Red Bulls
Date/Time: Sunday, 1:00 PM
Streaming: Watch ESPN
Sporting KC v Colorado Rapids
Date/Time: Sunday 4:00 PM
TV: Fox Sports 1
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
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