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This Week in MLS – July 12, 2016

This Week in MLS – July 12, 2016
  • 41 Years in the Making: Historic rivalry hits center stage as Timbers host Sounders FC on FOX Sunday
  • Philadelphia Union defender and hometown kid Keegan Rosenberry taking MLS by storm
  • Nick Rimando takes his shot at Major League Soccer history
  • Mitchell & Ness unveils new product line for Sons of Ben
  • Week 18 AT&T Goal of the Week voting now open
  • Check It Out, Quotables, Sweet Tweets
  • Week 19 Game Previews
 
41 Years in the Making: Historic rivalry hits center stage as Timbers host Sounders FC on FOX
 
A rivalry dating back 41 years shows no signs of slowing down on Sunday as the Portland Timbers welcome Seattle Sounders FC to Providence Park at 3 p.m. ET live on FOX. One of the fiercest rivalries in MLS, the two Pacific Northwest clubs will be meeting for the first time this season. But don’t expect there to be trepidation from either side. The clubs have squared off a total of 94 times in a rivalry that spans four decades and six competitions (NASL, APSL, A-League, USL First Division, U.S. Open Cup, MLS) with Seattle holding an all-time 47-33-12 advantage over its southern neighbors.
 
Beginning on May 2, 1975, when Portland hosted Seattle in its first match as a professional club in the North American Soccer League, the Pacific Northwest Derby has grown exponentially ever since, manifesting itself into one of the most impassioned and entertaining rivalries not just in MLS, but in North American sports. The rivalry has brought out the best of its players in front of goal, with both teams’ MLS all-time series scoring leaders expected to start on Sunday. Seattle and USMNT forward Clint Dempsey leads the way with six goals in six matches vs. Portland, closely followed by Timbers striker Fanendo Adi who has four goals in five appearances against Sounders FC. Portland also has four other rostered players that lead the club’s attack vs. Seattle: Diego Chara (3g, 2a), Jack Jewsbury (1g, 2a), Diego Valeri (1g, 2a) and Darlington Nagbe (1g, 1a).
 
Boasting a capacity crowd, fervent supporters and some of the greatest TIFOs in the sport, Sunday’s match will be an unmissable next chapter in the storied Portland-Seattle rivalry. 
 
All-Time Portland vs. Seattle Series Leaders (MLS stats only)
 
 
Portland Timbers
Seattle Sounders FC
Goals
4 - Fanendo Adi
6 - Clint Dempsey
Assists
2- Rodney Wallace, Jack Jewsbury, Diego Valeri
4 - Obafemi Martins
 
Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC
PLAYER                       GP       GS       MIN      G          A          SHT
Fanendo Adi*                5          3          305       4          0          14
Rodney Wallace            10         5          541       3          2          10
Diego Chara*                11         11         990       2          1          6
Jack Jewsbury*             12         11         976       1          2          19
Diego Valeri*                 7          7          590       1          2          20
Kalif Alhassan               8          6          514       1          1          11
Darlington Nagbe*         14         14         1158     1          1          18
 
*Current Portland player
 
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers
PLAYER                       GP       GS       MIN      G          A          SHT
Clint Dempsey*                         6          6          516       6          1          26
Fredy Montero              5          5          448       4          1          27
Eddie Johnson              5          5          449       4          0          14
Obafemi Martins            6          4          419       3          4          11
Lamar Neagle                10         6         571       1          3          11
Brad Evans*                  9          9          693       1          2          8
Osvaldo Alonso*           13         12         1088     1          1          16
 
*Current Seattle player
 
All-Time Series Record:
NASL (1975-1982): Seattle 13 wins, Portland 8 wins, Draws 0
WSL (1985-1990): Seattle 5 wins, Portland 6 wins, Draws 2
USL (2001-2008): Seattle 20 wins, Portland 13 wins, Draws 5
U.S. Open Cup (2009-2015): Seattle 2 wins, Portland 1 wins, Draws 1
MLS (2011-2015): Seattle 7 wins, Portland 3 wins, Draws 4
MLS Cup Playoffs (2011-2015): Seattle 0 wins, Portland 2 wins, Draws 0
 
Philadelphia Union defender and hometown kid Keegan Rosenberry taking MLS by storm
Philadelphia Union defender Keegan Rosenberry made history this week in becoming the first ever rookie voted to Major League Soccer’s All-Star Fan XI and has played a large part in Philadelphia’s resurgence this season, with the team ranking second in the Eastern Conference standings thanks to an impressive 7-1-2 home record. Rosenberry has become a fan-favorite thanks to his hometown hero status - he grew up in Ronks, PA a mere 50 miles from Talen Energy Stadium – and will look to continue Philadelphia’s dominant defending at home on Sunday against rival New York Red Bulls (7 p.m. ET, FS1/FOX Deportes).
 
Although selected by Philadelphia at No. 3 in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, Rosenberry spent time in the Union’s academy system and has impressed the organization from day one. In only his third professional appearance, Rosenberry was named to the MLS Team of the Week and later scored his first professional goal, an important equalizer, in a May 11 2-2 draw against LA Galaxy. Rosenberry has started and played a full 90 minutes in all 19 of Philadelphia’s matches this season, ranking second in MLS in minutes played, only behind impending All-Star teammate and New York City FC forward David Villa. As the only Union player and MLS rookie this season to appear in every minute of action, Rosenberry becomes the first rookie to appear in the All-Star game since 2013 and only the second since 2005 (DeAndre Yedlin and Michael Parkhurst).
 
To learn more about Rosenberry from MLSsocer.com, CLICK HERE
 
Nick Rimando takes his shot at Major League Soccer history
Having earned the MLS record for all-time MLS career shutouts (125), Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando is on the brink of tying the league’s all-time regular season win record for goalkeepers.
 
To date, his tally of 179 wins puts him one game shy of matching Kevin Hartman’s 180 wins, set over the course of 17 MLS seasons. Rimando, also in his 17th season, could equal Hartman’s all-time records in starts (411) and games played (416) before season’s end. For those, Rimando needs just two more starts and action in seven more league games.
 
Rimando eclipsed Hartman’s shutout record in 2014, and his next task will be to match him in the win column when RSL faces the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place this Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET, TSN).
 
Mitchell & Ness Unveils New Product Line for Sons of Ben
Last week, MLS licensee Mitchell & Ness unveiled a new product line created for Philadelphia Union Supporters’ Group, Sons of Ben. This marks the first time a MLS Supporters’ Group will have a dedicated product line from an official MLS licensee. Unveiled at the Mitchell & Ness flagship store in Philadelphia, the product includes unique design elements inspired by the history of Philadelphia, such as the eight segment snake from Benjamin Franklin’s “Join, or Die” political cartoon, as well as the Sons of Ben, including a badge featuring Sons of Ben and Philadelphia Union crests. Fans will be able to purchase the range of products, which include men’s and women’s t-shirts, hats, and more, at the Mitchell & Ness flagship store in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Union home matches, and online at PhiladelphiaUnion.com/store while supplies last. For pictures of the entire product line, click here.           
 
AT&T Goal of the Week voting now open (Week 18) – CLICK HERE to vote
  •          Maximiliano Urruti (DAL) Scores incredible bicycle kick goal to give Dallas the lead
  •          Robbie Keane (LA) Sends a Gyasi Zardes cross into back of the net for game-winning goal
  •          Jimmy Medranda (SKC) Scores first MLS goal with long distance strike past goalkeeper Josh Saunders
  •          Ilsinho (PHI) Blasts deflected C.J. Sapong header into back of the net for his second goal of the match
  •          Lee Nguyen (NE) Slices goal over goalkeeper Steve Clark for early Revolution advantage
  •          Kevin Doyle (COL) Tucks a ball under charging goalkeeper David Ousted to level match for Colorado
  •          Kendall Waston (VAN) Buries header off a Christian Bolanos cross to give Vancouver an early lead
  •          Frank Lampard (NYC) Strikes a Ronald Mattarita cross past goalkeeper Tim Melia to draw New York City even
 
Check It Out
New England Revolution: Kei Kamara Uncut
 
Quotables
“I wanted to score a goal at home, yeah. And if they give me a Happy Meal, then I have to eat it. That was great.”
New England Revolution forward Kei Kamara on scoring a goal against his former team in a 3-1 victory over Columbus
 
“He had a couple of big saves. It’s great for the lads, especially at the back for the back four, back six to hear him talk and organize and have his ideas. He brings the experience and he’s still in top, top shape making saves like he did tonight. He nearly saved the penalty as well.”
Colorado Rapids forward Kevin Doyle on Tim Howard’s impressive saves in his second start with Colorado
 
"Just ask the other center backs in the league. He's the No. 1 guy they hate playing against for sure, just because he is a handful. . . . That's the ultimate compliment, respect from your peers. Just being an overall pain in the butt to play against, it's a great thing to have him back."
Philadelphia Union coach Jim Curtin on the return of C.J. Sapong and the difference he makes on the field
 
“We talked about getting back to a foundation of what’s really important — and that’s defending. We want to be a really difficult team to play against when it comes to trying to break us down.”
Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes on the team’s defense following a 3-1 victory over New York City FC
 
“Two games, two wins, two goals. That’s all right, no?”
LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane on scoring in his second consecutive match following Euro 2016
 
Sweet Tweets
Giovani dos Santos (‏@oficialgio): It's an honor to be voted to the #MLSAllStar Fan XI! Thank you for all of your support / Es un honor ser elegido para el #MLSAllStar Fan XI!Gracias por todo el apoyo! @mls
 
David Villa (@Guaje7Villa): (11.07.2010) 6 years ago we touched the glory.Hace 6 años tocamos la gloria. #Campeonesdelmundo #Sudáfrica2010
 
Brad Davis (@Brad_Davis11):Thx all at @cmpark last night. Great result and atmosphere! Also, this guy got his first steps on the field.#future
 
Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba): This kid showing what FairPlay means
 
Keegan Rosenberry (@kjroze): With team success comes individual success, I owe it all to my teammates. Excited for what this team has achieved so far, and for the future! #DOOP #TeamUA
 
Week 19 Game Previews
Wednesday, July 13
Columbus Crew SC vs. Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Ola Kamara scored for a third consecutive game – with four goals over that span – but Crew SC suffered a second consecutive defeat and saw their winless streak reach five games in a 3-1 loss at the New England Revolution on Saturday evening. Kamara now has eight goals in MLS play, all coming over the last six games, since May 28.
  • Toronto FC made it five home games in a row without loss, Justin Morrow netting the game’s only goal for the victory against the Chicago Fire on Saturday evening at BMO Field.
  • The teams are meeting for a second time this season. They reached a scoreless draw May 21 at BMO Field.
  • Toronto FC have not won in the series since 2014 – when they won all three meetings that season. When Crew SC won 2-0 last March 14 at Mapfre Stadium, it was their first home win in the series since 2013. TFC have won just three matches all-time in Columbus – two of those coming in 2014.
  • Crew SC have come away with points now on their last two trips to Toronto. TFC had won back-to-back home games in the series before that – TFC’s first wins ever at BMO Field in the series, after three losses and five draws over the first six-plus seasons.
 
New York Red Bulls vs. Orlando City SC, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • The Red Bulls were shut out for a second consecutive game and had their winless streak reach four games – following a season-long four-game winning streak – following their scoreless draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.
  • In their first game with Bobby Murphy in charge as interim head coach, Orlando City played to a scoreless draw with the Houston Dynamo on Friday evening at Camping World Stadium. Murphy took over for Adrian Heath, who was the only coach OCSC had known before he departed the club in the days leading to the Houston match.
  • The teams are meeting for a third time this season, having met twice in three weeks. Bradley Wright-Phillips hit for a pair of goals in a three-goal Red Bulls burst in 11 minutes in the second half as they took a 3-2 win April 24 in Harrison; Wright-Phillips scored again, but Kevin Molino canceled that out as the teams reached a 1-1 draw May 6 at Camping World Stadium.
  • The teams split their two meetings a year ago in Orlando City’s first MLS season, the road team winning on each occasion. The Red Bulls claimed a 2-0 victory on July 18 at the Citrus Bowl, then Orlando City turned the tables in a 5-2 triumph Sept. 25 at Red Bull Arena.
 
Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • The Fire suffered their sixth consecutive defeat in an away match, their all-time MLS road winless streak now at 33 games, after their 1-0 loss at Toronto FC on Saturday evening.
  • Sporting KC have won back-to-back games for the first time since the start of the season, when they won their first games of the year, following their 3-1 win against New York City FC on Sunday evening at Children’s Mercy Park.
  • Sporting have won the last two meetings between the teams, including the only encounter a season ago, a 1-0 win May 3 in Kansas City. The last Fire victory came May 18, 2014, the first of three meetings that season, a 2-1 win at Toyota Park, the last meeting in Bridgeview.
  • The Fire haven’t won in Kansas City since 2012; SKC have three wins and two draws in the home meetings since.
 
Portland Timbers vs. Montreal Impact, 10:30 p.m. ET
  • The Timbers extended their undefeated streak to seven games with a second consecutive scoreless draw, both on the road, after their result with the New York Red Bulls on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.
  • The Impact stretched their undefeated run to five games, starting their Western swing with a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening at Rio Tinto Stadium.
  • The Timbers have won the last two meetings between the teams, over the last two seasons – both wins at Stade Saputo. The Timbers won 2-1 last May 9 in the only encounter between the teams; each team has won twice in four all-time meetings.
  • The road team has won the last three meetings in the series. The Impact won 2-1 on March 9, 2013 – the only meeting in Portland in the four games in the all-time series.
 
Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas, 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Sounders FC lost their third consecutive game at CenturyLink Field – now having gone 271 minutes since their last league goal in a home match – following their 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy on Saturday afternoon. Sounders FC have never gone four consecutive home games with a loss in their MLS history.
  • FC Dallas won their third consecutive game – all by shutout – after their 1-0 defeat of the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday evening at Avaya Stadium. The 315-minute defensive shutout streak is the third-longest this season in MLS.
  • The teams are meeting for a second time this season. Mauro Diaz scored early and Michael Barrios scored late as FC Dallas took a 2-0 win May 14 at Toyota Stadium.
  • Sounders FC have won the last five league meetings between the teams in Seattle, and six of the eight meetings there all-time, including a 3-0 win last June 13. The only FCD win at CenturyLink Field came in 2011, a 1-0 victory on May 25.
  • The teams also met in the Western Conference Semifinals for a second consecutive season last year, FC Dallas winning the series on penalty kicks after the two legs finished 3-3 on aggregate, each team winning 2-1 on its home ground. The season prior, Sounders FC advanced on away goals, after the series ended 1-1 on aggregate.
 
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt Lake, 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Whitecaps FC have now gone three consecutive home games without victory, after the Colorado Rapids scored a late, late equalizer to leave the teams in a 2-2 draw Saturday evening at BC Place.
  • Real Salt Lake remained undefeated at home this season, reaching a draw for a second consecutive match in their 1-1 result with the Montréal Impact on Saturday evening at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL is 5-0-3 at home this season, one of five teams still undefeated at home this season.
  • The teams are meeting for a second time this season. Juan Manuel Martínez scored the game’s lone goal as Real took the victory April 16 at Rio Tinto Stadium. The victory in the first meeting snapped a four-game Whitecaps FC winning streak in the series, RSL’s first win since 2013.
  • The ‘Caps have won the last three meetings at BC Place, including a 2-1 win last May 30 and a 4-0 victory last Aug. 8. Vancouver’s 1-0 win last April 18 was its first ever at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real had won three of the first six home matches in the series, with three draws. The only previous victory by a road team in the all-time series came in 2013, a 1-0 Real victory at BC Place.
 
Friday, July 15
LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo, 11 p.m. ET (UNI)
  • Robbie Keane scored his second goal in his second game after returning from Euro 2016, the Galaxy claiming a 1-0 win Saturday at Seattle Sounders FC. It was a second consecutive win for the Galaxy on the heels of a seven-game winless run – of which Keane missed five games.
  • The Dynamo recorded a second consecutive shutout and a third in their last four games, reaching a fourth draw in six games since Wade Barrett took over as interim head coach in their 1-1 result at Orlando City SC on Friday evening.
  • The teams are meeting for a second time this season. Giovani dos Santos scored a pair of goals and set up a third as the Galaxy claimed a 4-1 win April 15 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • The Galaxy win this year was their first ever at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Galaxy’s last win in Houston had come in the 2010 season – at Robertson Stadium. The Dynamo had won four consecutive home games in the series.
  • The Galaxy won 1-0 last May 22 at StubHub Center, their first league victory against the Dynamo since May 25, 2011, a 1-0 win in Carson, ending a five-game league winless run in the series. The Dynamo had won four consecutive league meetings between the teams before a 1-1 draw March 21 in the first meeting between the teams.
 
Saturday, July 16
Columbus Crew SC vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • United had their three-game undefeated run come to a crashing halt, falling 3-0 to Philadelphia Union on Saturday evening at Talen Energy Stadium.
  • Crew SC have won the last two meetings in the series, including a 5-0 victory on Decision Day last season at Mapfre Stadium – the biggest margin of victory in the 62 all-time league meetings between the teams.
  • United haven’t won in Columbus since 2007. Crew SC have won six of their eight home meetings since, with two draws.
  • United have won once in the last eight meetings between the teams, a 2-0 win last May 2 at RFK Stadium. Crew SC have won five of the eight meetings since the 2013 season, with two draws.
 
Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City, 9 p.m. ET
  • The Rapids extended their club-record undefeated streak to 13 games in dramatic fashion, Axel Sjoberg heading home the equalizer five minutes deep in stoppage time after Colorado had a man sent off, leaving them in a 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place. The Rapids last lost in MLS play on April 9.
  • Benny Feilhaber scored for a second consecutive game as Sporting won a second consecutive game in their 3-1 win against New York City FC on Sunday evening at Children’s Mercy Park. Jimmy Medranda also scored for SKC – his first career MLS goal.
  • The teams are meeting for a third time this season, the Rapids winning both. Shkelzen Gashi netted in the 82nd minute to give the Rapids a 2-1 victory April 13 at Children’s Mercy Park; Dillon Serna scored the game’s lone goal in the 78th minute to lead the Rapids to victory May 11 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
  • The Rapids have won the last four meetings between the teams, winning twice at each ground – ending long winless streaks in the process. The Rapids ended a nine-game winless streak against Sporting with their 2-1 win last Aug. 29 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. After the previous Colorado victory, March 28, 2009 in Commerce City, KC was 4-0-5 vs. Colorado.
  • Colorado’s 2-0 victory last Oct. 21 in the final meeting at Sporting Park was their first win in Kansas City since 2002, a 2-1 win at Arrowhead Stadium. After that, Kansas City went 9-0-4 at home vs. Colorado before the win in the last meeting.
 
FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire, 9 p.m. ET
  • FC Dallas won their third consecutive game in their 1-0 win at the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday evening, matching their longest winning streak of the season. FCD has lost just once in league play since May 11, with a 6-1-2 record over that time.
  • The Fire have won the last four meetings between the teams, over the last four seasons, following a 2-0 win last Aug. 2 at Toyota Park. The Fire victories – three of those in Bridgeview – have secured the Brimstone Cup for the Fire – awarded by the two supporters’ clubs of the two teams so named when it matched the Fire and the Burn. Dallas had won the season series between the clubs every year from 2001-11.
  • The Fire have won the last meetings at Toyota Park. When the Fire started their current series winning streak at Toyota Park in 2012, it was the club’s first win ever in the series in Bridgeview, their last previous home win coming in 2005. It was also the first for the Fire in the all-time series since 2009.
 
Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution, 10 p.m. ET
  • Yura Movsisyan scored his seventh goal of the season, netting the late equalizer in RSL’s 1-1 draw with the Montréal Impact on Saturday evening at Rio Tinto Stadium. The total is one goal shy of Movsisyan’s single-season career-high in MLS, set in 2009, his last year in the league before moving abroad.
  • The Revolution put an end to their three-game losing streak, defeating Columbus Crew SC 3-1 on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. Kei Kamara scored against his former club to seal the victory, his third goal for the Revs since the midseason trade.
  • The Revolution won the lone meeting between the teams last season, a 4-0 victory April 25 at Gillette Stadium, their first victory in the series since 2009, snapping a seven-game Real undefeated streak in the series. RSL had won three consecutive meetings, with wins in six of the seven contests in their streak, with one draw.
  • The Revolution have never won at Rio Tinto Stadium, their only victories in Utah having come at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the last in 2007. Real had won on three consecutive visits to Foxborough, dating back to 2010, before last year’s Revolution victory.
 
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Toronto FC, 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Sebastian Giovinco is on his way to repeating his record performance of a year ago, recording his seventh assist of the season in TFC’s 1-0 win against Chicago on Saturday. Giovinco also has eight goals this season – the only player in the league in the top 10 in both goals and assists; a year ago, he set the league’s all-time record for combined goals and assists when he scored 22 goals and set up 16.
  • Toronto FC have won the last two meetings between the teams, over the last two seasons, both coming at BMO Field, including a 3-1 victory last May 30.
  • The TFC win in the lone meeting in the 2014 season was their first victory against the Quakes since 2010. The Quakes won two of the four meetings in between, with two draws, including victories in the only meetings in both 2012 and 2013.
  • Of the four TFC wins in the all-time series, two have come in San Jose. The Quakes’ win on May 8, 2013, a 2-1 triumph at Buck Shaw Stadium, was their first home win in the series since 2008.
 
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Orlando City SC, 10 p.m. ET
  • Orlando City had scored in each one on their opening 15 league games this season, before being shut out in two in a row after the scoreless draw with Houston at Camping World Stadium. OCSC and the Portland Timbers were the final teams to be shut out offensively this season, both blanked for the first time on the same day (July 4).
  • Kendall Waston scored his second goal of the season, but Whitecaps FC were hauled back into a 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday evening at BC Place. It was Waston’s first goal since scoring the ‘Caps first goal of the season, on March 6 – Waston has scored two goals now in each of his three MLS seasons.
  • The teams met once in Orlando City’s inaugural season, Whitecaps FC claiming a 1-0 win March 21 in Orlando.
 
Sunday, July 17
Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 3 p.m. ET (FOX)
  • The Timbers have won their last three games at Providence Park heading into the week. They have reached draws in each of their last four away games, after the scoreless draw Sunday at Red Bull Arena.
  • Sounders FC had their overall winless streak extended to four games – with three defeats in that time – in their 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy on Saturday afternoon. It was their third 1-0 defeat this season – all at CenturyLink Field.
  • The teams evenly split their league series a season ago. Sounders FC won twice, both at CenturyLink Field, including a 2-1 win Aug. 30 in the final meeting. The Timbers took a 4-1 win June 28 at Providence Park – the three-goal victory equaling Portland’s largest margin of victory against the Sounders since a 3-0 win on June 11, 1977, at Civic Stadium.
  • The Timbers have never won in Seattle in MLS regular season play, Sounders FC now with a 4-0-2 league record in games at CenturyLink Field. But the Timbers did win there in the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2013.
  • Versions of the club have faced one another in the NASL, Western Soccer League, APSL/A-League/USL First Division and now MLS. Overall, the clubs have met 94 times in official competitions, Seattle winning 47 times, Portland winning 35, and 12 draws.
 
Montreal Impact vs. New York City FC, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Harry Shipp netted his first goal for the Impact in their 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake that began a two-game West swing. Shipp, who came over from the Chicago Fire in a trade before the start of the season, had three assists coming into the game, two coming in the opening two games of the season.
  • Frank Lampard scored for a second consecutive game – and for a fourth time in the last five matches – but NYCFC saw their club-record four-game winning run put to an end in a 3-1 loss at Sporting Kansas City on Sunday evening at Children’s Mercy Park.
  • The teams are meeting for a second time this season. Montréal’s Dominic Oduro scored in stoppage time, after NYCFC’s R.J. Allen netted earlier in the second half, leaving the teams in a 1-1 draw April 27 at Yankee Stadium.
  • The teams met three times in NYCFC’s inaugural season, and the expansion side won the season series. NYCFC was the only team to win at home, taking a 3-1 win at Yankee Stadium on June 13. Each team won on the other’s ground, NYCFC winning 2-1 at Stade Saputo on July 4, and the Impact returning the favor with a 3-2 win on Aug. 1 in The Bronx.
 
Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m. ET (FS1)
  • Ilsinho scored his first two goals in MLS, and Roland Alberg scored his sixth goal in the league – all coming over the last five matches – as Union snapped a two-game losing slide with a 3-0 win against D.C. United on Saturday evening at Talen Energy Stadium.
  • The teams met three times a year ago in league play. Union won the first, a 2-0 win May 24 at Red Bull Arena, then the Red Bulls returned the favor with a 3-1 win Aug. 1 in Chester. The Red Bulls won 4-1 on Oct. 18 in Harrison in the final meeting between the teams.
  • The teams met earlier this year in a U.S. Open Cup fifth-round match, Chris Pontius scoring a pair of goals to lead Union to a 2-1 win June 29 at Talen Energy Stadium. It was the third time the clubs have met in the Open Cup, Union advancing each of the last two seasons.
  • Last year’s win in Harrison was Union’s first-ever there; the Red Bulls had gone 5-0-1 in their first six home games vs. Philadelphia, and also won a U.S. Open Cup tie there. Last year’s Red Bulls win in Chester was their first there since the 2012 season.