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MLS Week 2: A Look Ahead


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Last weekend, Major League Soccer returned to Florida after 14 years away from the Sunshine State. This weekend, MLS will play its first official match in New York City.

New York City FC will play at Yankee Stadium for the first time Sunday against a New England Revolution side that will be looking to improve on last week’s performance against the Seattle Sounders.

Those Sounders are also in action this weekend, as the reigning Supporters’ Shield winners take on the San Jose Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field.

In other action, Orlando City travels to take on the Houston Dynamo, the Columbus Crew face off with Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy match up with the Portland Timbers.

Here is a rundown of the Week 2 schedule:

HOUSTON DYNAMO vs. ORLANDO CITY (Friday, 7 p.m., UniMas)

Orlando City is coming off the high of their inaugural home match, but Kaka and co. now face the task of traveling to take on a previously victorious Houston Dynamo squad.

Orlando City’s defense will face a major question in this week’s game as veteran center back Aurelian Collin will be suspended for his red card earned for a tackle on NYCFC’s David Villa last time out.

Head coach Adrian Heath will likely rely on the partnership of Seb Hines and Sean St. Ledger, giving Dynamo forwards Will Bruin and Giles Barnes a pair of targets that lack MLS experience.


Saturday’s match between the Chicago Fire and Vancouver Whitecaps features two sides that ran into buzzsaws last time out.

New signing Octavio Rivero debuted with a goal last week in his club’s 2-1 loss to the Galaxy, and despite a flubbed shot early in the game, recovered nicely to demonstrate that he may just be the goal threat the Whitecaps need.

The Fire boast a series of new faces of their own, including David Accam and Adailton, who could feature Saturday after previously missing out due to injury. The club looks to rebound from a 2-1 loss to Toronto FC last weekend.

COLUMBUS CREW vs. TORONTO FC (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., MLS Live)

The Columbus Crew are coming off of a disappointing loss to the Houston Dynamo, and now Gregg Berhalter’s side faces one of the opening week’s most impressive teams.

Toronto FC dominated the Vancouver Whitecaps last week, with Jozy Altidore providing a pair of goals. Fellow acquisition Sebastian Giovinco was also impressive, while Robbie Findley provided a goal of his own.

The Crew are set to take on Toronto FC without Tony Tchani, who will miss Saturday’s game with a suspension for a tackle in last week’s loss. The team will be boosted by the return of Justin Meram, who will rejoin the team following a suspension of his own.

FC DALLAS vs. SPORTING KC (Saturday, 8:30 p.m., MLS Live)

Sporting KC will be hitting the road this weekend, but they won’t be joined by center back Matt Besler.

Besler will miss out on Saturday’s matchup with FC Dallas after the appeal of his sending off was denied by a review panel on Thursday. The absence of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s defender leaves a hole in the Sporting KC defense, one that may be filled by 17-year-old Eric Palmer-Brown.

Palmer-Brown performed admirably in the opening week action, but if the youngster gets the nod, he will be tasked with handling a potent FC Dallas front line that includes reigning Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele and Blas Perez, who scored the lone goal in last week’s victory over the Earthquakes.

REAL SALT LAKE vs. PHILADELPHIA UNION (Saturday, 9:30 p.m., MLS Live)

The Philadelphia Union were forced to settle for a draw last time out, with this week adding the injury to the previous insult.

Adding to the Union’s frustrations is an injury to C.J. Sapong, who will be out with a concussion and facial fractures suffered in last week’s draw with the 10-man Rapids.

The Union will come up against Real Salt Lake and goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who kicked off the 2015 campaign with a spectacular performance against the Portland Timbers.


Dating back to last season, the San Jose Earthquakes are winless in their last 16 games. On the road against the Seattle Sounders isn’t the best place to try and break that streak.

The Sounders ran rampant over the New England Revolution last weekend even without Ozzie Alonso, who will be absent once again this week. The Earthquakes enter with injury woes as well, with Clarence Goodson still fighting to return to full health.

With Goodson out, the Earthquakes defense will be up against a tough task in the form of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, who combined for all three of the Sounders’ goals last week.


Following last week’s season-opening draw at Orlando City, New York City FC is now set to play their club’s first ever home game against the New England Revolution.

Despite all of the concerns over the field in the run up to the game, NYCFC will finally take the field at Yankee Stadium, and Jason Kreis has options up top in impressive rookie Khiry Shelton and last week’s starter Adam Nemec, who failed to make a positive impact in his debut.

The Revs could get a boost from Lee Nguyen, who trained with the team this week after missing out on last week’s action. Jermaine Jones will once again sit as he recovers from sports hernia surgery.

PORTLAND TIMBERS vs. LA GALAXY (Sunday, 7:00 p.m., Fox Sports 1)

After being held scoreless by Nick Rimando last week, things don’t get any easier for the Portland Timbers this weekend.

The Timbers’ midfield remains depleted, although last week’s patchwork unit proved to be serviceable against Real Salt Lake. That midfield will surely be tested by the LA Galaxy’s unit, which dominated possession last week against the Fire.

Last year’s Achilles’ heel, the defense, continues to be much improved for the Timbers, with a 304 minute shutout streak dating back to last season, but Liam Ridgewell and co. will now have to contend with Gyasi Zardes and reigning MVP Robbie Keane, who earned a fine for his goal celebration last time out.


  1. My picks are:

    HOUvORL (2-2 draw)
    CHIvVAN (1-2)
    COLvTFC (2-1)
    FCDvSKC (2-2)
    RSLvPHI (1-0)
    SEAvSJ (3-0)
    NYCvNE (1-1)
    PORvLA (2-3)

  2. Goodson was not lost to SJ last week. He has not played since mid-way through the 2014 season. Granted, that does not change the big challenge SJ has ahead of them at Seattle…


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