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MLS Week 3 Review!

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps at Atlanta United FC

This week of MLS was once again exciting and very emblematic of what MLS is. The top teams from last season continue their struggles into the third week of the season.

Montreal Impact 1-0 Toronto FC

The peak of MLS talent in a team, Toronto FC, went down to their rivals in Montreal this weekend, it was not the most impressive performance, and if finishing is measured in sharpness then they were quite flat. Some are pointing to the fact that they played a very emotional game a few days earlier in the week. They took down one of the best, if not the best, team in Liga MX during the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Side note: This means they will be playing Club America in the semi finals of the Champions League, which if they can get through, and they definitely can, then they will surely be the favorite for the competition against anyone on the other side of the bracket (NYRB-Chivas).

After a rocky start away from home that had two losses (Whitecaps, Crew) Impact impressed at home with their new manager arriving from overseas, the former Aston Villa man, Remi Garde. They had a lot of defending to do and got stretched multiple times but Toronto could not take advantage of the situations they got in their favor.

It was truly a game of inches, there was multiple moments Toronto could have tied it up and you could say that they deserved to leave with at least a point, dominating possession and shots on goal, but in the end the most important stat is the amount of balls that make it over the line, and the Impact got it done.

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DC played against the Houston Dynamo at one of the two stadiums they’ll be using until their new home Audi field is constructed. The SoccerPlex in Maryland was the lucky host and was even proud to have it “packed.”

It was like a time machine to the early days of MLS, and some of the Dynamo players were quite upset, or more specifically DaMarcus Beasley.

Apart from the stadium controversy, DC narrowly avoided another disappointing loss and salvaged a point from the game and need to build upon that, though they might find it hard with their next game against a Columbus Crew that is clicking.

Next, Minnesota United is flying high at the start of this season, and in week 3 they beat up the Chicago Fire 2-1. Notable moment, their fans sing Wonderwall at the end of the game and it comes out awesome.

Later that day, Atlanta United continued the bounce back tour to beat the Whitecaps 4-1 at home to another rocking Mercedes-Benz stadium crowd. Not quite the number as last week but the atmosphere was incredible, and Josef Martinez scored another hat trick, just one away from tying Donovan’s record. Also, small notable moment in addition, Andrew Carleton, 17 year old American, got his first MLS assist on a perfect pass to Martinez.

Last bit, the only MLS game on Sunday was a glorious one for FC Dallas and many MLS fans, but a terrible one for the Sounders who lost 3-0 at FC Dallas. They went down early after the defense completely fell apart and left Stefan Frei out to dry. To make matters worse, not too long after this Dempsey lost his head and was sent off for violent conduct, as if the Sounders offensive problems weren’t bad enough. They eventually cracked mid way through the second half and let two goals in which effectively ended the game.

Cascadia teams have fallen very low this year, the Whitecaps are the only team with any points at all from the region, however it is still way too early for any worry.

That’s the MLS this week, thanks for reading!

MLS Opening Weekend Recap!

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America’s take on professional soccer has returned, and not without drama. MLS has proven again why you should never trust a favorite. Unfortunately, we’re gonna do most but not every game this week.

Toronto FC 0-2 Columbus Crew SC

Toronto, last years’ most successful team, hosted Columbus Crew, a team that it took down last year in the post season. Of course it wasn’t crazy to expect them to get a win in the season opener. The Columbus counter attack proved too much and they did not get a win. Toronto overall had the most possession and several shots on goal, they could’ve definitely put at least a few on the scoreboard. Understandably, you could tell that Toronto was holding off on some moves because of the upcoming Champions League game against Tigres this Wednesday. Some takeaways, Zack Steffen is a great goalkeeper, Zardes can score now? and Higuain is still class.

Houston Dynamo 4-0 Atlanta United FC

Another favorite absolutely demolished. From the start Atlanta’s defense was shaky but masked by the open offensive play. The first half was just back to back goals destroying the Atlanta morale. The second half Houston was content with sitting back and absorbing. The defense did an outstanding job, and despite Atlanta missing golden opportunities that would’ve put them closer, the Dynamo earned this one. Many questions are already being asked about whether they made the right moves in the off season acquiring Barco instead of a defensive midfielder or another solidification of the back.

Orlando City SC 1-1 DC United

Once again Orlando does it, for the third time in the last four years, they end their home opener in dramatic fashion to secure some points. Before we get to that, this new DC United team is something else, it completely looks like a much better squad with Arriola, Mattocks, and Asad all proving to be smart moves from the off season. While not securing the win over a 10 man Orlando City squad might look bad, they still generated a lot of offense and were away to one of the best atmospheres MLS has to offer. Great goal for Pinho to be welcomed to the league, both of these teams are gonna be a force to be reckoned with.

Seattle Sounders FC 0-1 Los Angeles FC

An amazing opener for the LAFC franchise, a win away to Seattle and keeping a clean sheet. The talent on the defense really showed, Ciman, the former Impact defender had quite the impact on the game, if you get my drift. Anyways, they truly stood up Will Bruin and Nico Lodeiro. Despite still being fairly recently put together, LAFC looked like it was gelling right of the bat. The first goal was an amazing strike from the young DP Diego Rossi, after receiving a great through ball from Carlos Vela. After that however, LAFC also decided to cool down its offensive jets and let that back line shine. Seattle will be disappointed in the result of course, but it’s clear Schmetzer is trying to save some legs for the opening leg against Chivas in the Champions League.

LA Galaxy 2-1 Portland Timbers

The other LA team also got off to a great start to the season. Ola Kamara keeps proving to be a savvy trade, and overall great for both teams involved. Alessandrini also is continuing his form from last year, and hopefully that hamstring injury isn’t something to be worried about because he is the spark they need in offense. Another positive sign for Galaxy fans will be the appearance late in the game of Sebastian Lletget. Da Boy has returned from his long term injury which he suffered while on national team duty with the United States. He proved to still be the play maker he made his name on. Now to give Portland fans love, the offense was doing the right things but the pieces wouldn’t fall into place, Bingham made mostly the saves he had to, and the defense held strong. With the help of Perry Kitchen and Jonathan dos Santos in the midfield, it was gonna be an uphill battle. The core of this Timbers team is still there and there’s no reason it shouldn’t make the playoffs, don’t sweat it Timbers’ fans.

That was the MLS review, next week I’m going to try and do some previews and CONCACAF Champions League coverage, hope you stick around for it!