FC Dallas continues to pace Major League Soccer and is the only team to take the full points from their first 3 matches. They sit comfortable on top of the Western Conference and the MLS Top 20 (Single Table) and in the early going the west looks to be the stronger conference.
365.WSS breaks down the match-ups based on the MLS Top 20 (Single Table) to see which games feature the best teams.
National TV Schedule
Saturday, March 28
Montreal Impact vs. Orlando City SC, 4 p.m. ET, TSN 3/4/5, RDS
Sunday, March 29
Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto FC, 7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes
Saturday, March 28
#19 New England Revolution vs. #2 San Jose Earthquakes, 3 p.m. ET
The New England Revolution ((0-2-1, 1 pts) will attempt to avoid making history when they host the San Jose Earthquakes (2-1-0, 6 pts) at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. The Revs have failed to score in their opening 3 matches (including the end of last season they have not scored in 325 minutes). The league record for futility to start a season is 383 minutes which the Revs are closing in on quickly.
San Jose will try and bottle up the emotion and atmosphere from the inaugural game at Avaya Stadium and use that passion in New England. They will have to find a new method to win however, as rookie Fatai Alashe, who scored the first goal in Avaya Stadium history, will miss the game having been called to the U.S. Under-23 National Team.
#18 Montreal Impact vs. # 7 (Tied) Orlando City FC, 4 p.m. ET
The Montreal Impact (0-1-1, 1 pts) have been working double duty with league and CONCACAF Champions League responsibilities and it has hindered the Canadian team. They have failed to score in league action and will host Orlando City FC (1-1-1, 4 pts). The Florida side were shut out for the first time in their MLS history and dropped their first match of the season after conceding a 96th minute goal.
“For me, we have to improve something for the goals,” Kaká told the Orlando Sentinel. “We are creating a lot of opportunities, but we can’t score. So we have to look [into] this.”
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#4 (Tied) New York City FC vs. # 16 (Tied) Sporting Kansas City, 7 p.m. ET
Sporting KC (0-1-2, 2 points) hits the road looking to take advantage of one of the league’s expansion sides New York City FC (1-0-2, 5 points). The visitors are winless in their first 3 matches. This is the first time the side has failed to win over the opening 3 matches since 1999. They will be confident with an overall 6-1-2 record against expansion sides since 2005.
They will see a tough task against NYCFC. The Big Apple side are undefeated and on top of the Eastern Conference and tied at #4 in the MLS Top 20 (Single Table). David Villa opened the scoring at Yankee Stadium and will look to add to his goal tally against Sporting.
But the big story may be the arrival of Frank Lampard. The Manchester City midfielder is flying in to watch the match since the Premier League is off for an international break but rumors are swirling that he wants to come to America before this summer.
“(Lampard arriving early is) certainly not anything that’s being discussed. We are going to be approaching this the exact same way since I think January when we found out staying until the summer, preparing ourselves and being ready for him to join us in the summer,” NYCFC coach Jason Kreis told the NY Daily News. “We’re still very excited about that prospect. But we’re not going to speculate on anything sooner.”
Sporting KC Missing: Marcel de Jong (Canada), Roger Espinoza and Erik Palmer-Brown (U.S. U-20’s) will miss the match on international duty
#13 D.C. United vs. #4 (Tied) LA Galaxy, 7 p.m. ET
D.C. United (1-1-0, 3 pts) and the LA Galaxy (1-0-2, 5 pts)renew their cross country derby this weekend. The long distance rivalry largely is rooted in the fact that these are the league’s 2 most decorated over the first 19 years with a combined 9 titles between them. But the Capitol City side has been forced to play second fiddle to the Galaxy recently and will be looking to end that run. The Black-and-Red have not defeated the Galaxy at RFK since 2008.
#10 Columbus Crew SC vs. #6 New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m. ET
After off season turmoil the New York Red Bulls (1-0-1, 4 pts) and first-year head coach Jesse Marsch must be pleased with their good start to the season 4 points from 2 matches. They travel to Ohio to take on Crew SC (1-1-0, 3 pts).
#3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. #11 (Tied) Portland Timbers, 8 p.m. ET
The Cascadia Cup returns this weekend with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2-1-0, 6 pts) hosting the Portland Timbers (0-0-3, 3pts). The game is a sell-out.
“It’s going to be another raucous atmosphere at BC Place on Saturday,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. “We were very pleased to earn two hard-fought road wins. Now we need our fans to help us continue that momentum with our next three matches at home.”
The Whitecaps Octavio Rivero is the hottest player coming into the game with a 3 game goal scoring streak with all the goals being game winners.
The Timbers are looking for their first win of the season after drawing their opening 3.
#7 (Tied) Houston Dynamo vs. #14 (Tied) Colorado Rapids, 8:30 p.m. ET
The Colorado Rapids (0-0-2, 2 pts.) have failed to score in the opening 2 matches and will look to end that streak (and their overall 420 minute scoreless streak stretching back into last season) against the Houston Dynamo ((1-1-1, 4 pts) at BBVA Compass Stadium.
#1 FC Dallas vs. #9 Seattle Sounders FC, 8:30 p.m. ET
FC Dallas (3-0-0, 9 pts) has survived the heat of Dallas and a snow forced postponed match in Philadelphia and are the only team off to a perfect start. It is the second time in club history for the team to open a season with 3 consecutive wins. The previous time came in 1998. The Lone Star state side will have revenge on their mind. The Seattle Sounders (1-1-0, 3 pts) dumped them from last year’s playoffs in the Western Conference semifinal on away goals.
Sunday, March 29
#20 Chicago Fire vs. #16 (Tied) Philadelphia Union, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
MLS Soccer Sunday kicks off on Sunday evening with a game between 2 of the leagues winless teams, the Chicago Fire (0-3-0, 0 pts) and Philadelphia Union (0-1-2, 2 pts) at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes). The challenge for both teams is to take the full points or start to avoid losing touch with the playoffs early in the campaign.
In addition to being on the road, the Union have the added challenge of working with a depleted roster. Injuries to CJ Sapong, Cristian Maidana, Conor Casey, and potentially Sheanon Williams, and the suspension of Zach Pfeffer has head coach Jim Curtain pondering an inexperienced lineup.
#14 (Tied) Real Salt Lake vs. #11 (Tied) Toronto FC, 7 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1)
MLS Soccer Sunday continues this week with Real Salt Lake hosting Toronto FC at Rio Tinto Stadium at 7 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes). The 2 teams have week’s off last weekend so should be rested although not at full strength.
Toronto FC will be without Designated Players Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, who are both on national team duty with the U.S. which will leave the heavy lifting to Italian international Sebastian Giovinco.
RSL will have their own challenges, arguably more difficult ones, due to national team duty. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando is with the Stars and Stripes forcing the #1 to be replaced. It is not all bad as backup Jeff Attinella saw action last year while Rimando was with the national team so is accustomed to the role.
“(I’ll) still get the nervous butterflies and the whole thing, but I think everyone gets that before every game. It’s just about staying focused,” Attinella told the Deseret News.
And RSL’s Jamison Olave will focus on keeping all his work to the home sides favor. The defender inked his name in the league record books with an unusual statistic. The Colombian is the only player to score a goal and an own goal in games for 2 different clubs after hitting the ‘brace’ in Real’s last game. He accomplished the same feat for the Red Bulls in 2013.
United States – at Denmark (3/25), at Switzerland (3/31)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Brek Shea (Orlando City SC)
Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
US U-23s – at Bosnia & Herzegovina (3/27), at Denmark (3/31)
Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes)
Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake)
Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids)
Khiry Shelton (New York City FC)
Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)
Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
US U-20s – at England (3/29)
Marky Delgado (Toronto FC)
Conor Donovan (Orlando City SC)
Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy)
Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City)
Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)
Canada – vs. Guatemala (3/27), at Puerto Rico (3/30)
Sam Adekugbe (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) — withdrew due to injury
Kyle Bekker (FC Dallas)
Marcel de Jong (Sporting Kansas City)
Cyle Larin (Orlando City)
Chris Mannella (Toronto FC)
Karl Ouimette (New York Red Bulls)
Quillan Roberts (Toronto FC)
Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Maxim Tissot (Montreal Impact)
Belgium – Euro 2016 qualifiers vs. Cyprus (3/28), at Israel (3/31)
Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact)
Cameroon – at Indonesia (3/25), at Thailand (3/30)
Ambroise Oyongo (Montreal Impact)
Costa Rica – vs. Paraguay (3/26), at Panama (3/31)
Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew SC)
Alvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake)
El Salvador – Argentina (3/28), Guatemala (3/31)
Darwin Cerén (Orlando City SC)
Guatemala – Canada (3/27), El Salvador (3/31)
Moisés Hernández (FC Dallas)
Marco Pappa (Seattle Sounders FC)
Elías Vásquez (Real Salt Lake)
Honduras – Gold Cup qualifiers at French Guiana (3/25), vs. French Guiana (3/29)
Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City)
Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo)
Luis Garrido (Houston Dynamo)
Iraq – vs. DR Congo (3/28), vs. DR Congo (3/31)
Justin Meram (Columbus Crew SC)
Ireland – Euro 2016 qualifier vs. Poland (3/29)
Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)
Jamaica – vs. Venezuela (3/27), vs. Cuba (3/30)
Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo)
Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls)
Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers)
Dane Richards (New York Red Bulls)
Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo)
Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas)
Romario Williams (Montreal Impact)
Panama – at Trinidad & Tobago (3/27), vs. Costa Rica (3/31)
Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy)
Blas Pérez (FC Dallas)
Portugal U-20s – vs. Uzbekistan (3/27), vs. Uruguay (3/31)
Rafael Ramos (Orlando City SC)
Estrela (Orlando City SC)
Scotland – vs. Northern Ireland (3/25), Euro 2016 qualifier vs. Gibraltar (3/29)
Shaun Maloney (Chicago Fire)
Trinidad & Tobago – vs. Panama (3/27)
Kevin Molino (Orlando City SC)
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