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Three Big Storylines and a youth-focused From a Sounders Point of View. Your Easter Weekend open gamethread.

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How to Watch MLS this week
How to Watch MLS this week
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Three Big Storylines

  1. It’s Easter weekend and that means the return of Friday Night MLS. At least that is as good of a reason as any that MLS randomly scheduled three games on Friday night. Real Salt Lake made their first trip to Cincinnati and came away with a convincing 3-0 win over the expansion side. Toronto FC saw Jordan Hamilton sub on in the 70th minute, down 2-3 at home to Minnesota United. Hamilton scored two goals in two minutes and brought home a win for the Canadians. Jozy Altidore left the game with an 82nd minute hamstring injury and afterwards had some very critical remarks for TFC management, who apparently let the trainer go who had been working with Jozy the last three years to help avoid these sorts of injuries. To cap off the night the LA Galaxy won their fifth match in a row, beating the previously undefeated Houston Dynamo, 2-1.
  2. On Thursday MLS announced their intention to expand to 30 teams. The 28th and 29th teams will likely be confirmed this summer before the MLS All Star game, with Sacramento and Saint Louis as strong favorites for those spots and the right to pay the new expansion fee of $200 million. Already confirmed expansion sides that have not yet started to play are Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC, scheduled to join in 2020, and Austin FC, starting in 2021.
  3. Saturday sees a Cascadia reunion of sorts as the Portland Timbers take their worst-in-MLS record (0-5-1 with a -11 goal differential) to Columbus to play Caleb Porter’s Columbus Crew (4:30 PM, ESPN+). The Crew have not changed their playing style very much with the change from Gregg Berhalter to Porter and have begun the season well, with a 4-2-1 record. It will be Porter’s first game in charge against his former club after taking the 2018 season off following his departure from Portland at the end of the 2017 season.

From a Sounders Point of View

This weekend it is all about the kids. The Sounders U-17 team is in the Generation Adidas Cup Champions Division (the highest division) Final against Valencia on Saturday at 4 PM. The Sounders beat River Plate 1-0 in the quarterfinals and West Ham 4-0 in the semifinals en route to a rematch with Valencia, who bested them in the group stage. The games are being streamed on the MLS Twitch channel. There will be a how-to-watch post and gamethread on this site, and rumor has it our very own Jeremiah is going to be doing live commentary on one of the streams.

National TV Listings

Atlanta United v FC Dallas

Date/Time: Saturday, 1 PM PT

TV: ESPN

Streaming: Watch ESPN

D.C. United v New York City FC

Date/Time: Sunday, 1 PM PT

TV: ESPN

Streaming: Watch ESPN

LAFC v Seattle Sounders

Date/Time: Sunday, 4 PM PT

TV: Fox Sports 1

Streaming: Fox Sports Go, Fubo TV (affiliate link)

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