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This Week in MLS – May 16, 2016

This Week in MLS – May 16, 2016
  • Where do you stand? Heineken Rivalry Week showcases five intense rivalry matchups
  • Battle for city supremacy kicks off with New York rivalry on FOX
  • MLS to hold Heineken #RivalryWeek Media Day in New York City on Thursday, May 19
  • MLS Heineken Rivalry Week Human Foosball in New York City’s Herald Square
  • Heineken House in Los Angeles
  • Storied California Clásico heads south as streaking LA Galaxy hosts San Jose Earthquakes
  • Portland Timbers look for revenge vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Cascadia Cup clash
  • Week 11 AT&T Goal of the Week voting now open
  • Check It Out, Quotables, Sweet Tweets
  • Week 12 Game Previews
 
Where do you stand? Heineken Rivalry Week showcases five intense rivalry matchups  
Major League Soccer’s most heated rivalries, both on the field and in the stands, will be on display as Heineken Rivalry Week returns for the third consecutive season this week. Consisting  of  two  separate  weeks  (May  20-22  and  August  26-28) this season, the MLS  Heineken Rivalry Weeks feature the League’s most highly-anticipated rivalry matches showcasing electrifying game action and stadium environments on national broadcasts while fans “Stand as One” for their clubs.
 
Highlighting the first edition of Heineken Rivalry Week this season is the inaugural MLS match on FOX broadcast network as New York City FC host the New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, May 21 at 3 p.m. ET.  For the game, an MLS Periscope Multicast will take viewers inside the New York rivalry to showcase the energy, excitement, and passion from all angles and perspectives during the buildup to the match, as well as in-game. Pregame festivities, halftime analysis and postgame press conferences will be live for a Periscope audience from Club, FOX and MLS, accounts. VITs (Very Important Tweeters) including players, influencers and fans, will take fans behind-the-scenes as Twitter and Periscope Ambassadors.
 
A special Viernes de Futbol on UniMás will feature an I-95 corridor matchup between Philadelphia Union and D.C. United while MLS Soccer Sunday will feature a doubleheader with Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC as part of the Cascadia Cup (ESPN, 5 p.m. ET), and the latest California Clásico pitting the LA Galaxy against the San Jose Earthquakes at the StubHub Center (FS1, 7 p.m. ET). In addition, Toronto FC will host Columbus Crew SC on Saturday in the first Trillium Cup match of the season (MLS Live, SportsNet, 7:30 p.m. ET).
 
Battle for city supremacy with kicks off with New York rivalry on FOX  
One of the most anticipated matchups of the season is set to take place on Saturday as New York City FC host the New York Red Bulls in front of what is expected to be the largest crowd of the year at Yankee Stadium.  An intense atmosphere can be expected with New York City FC eyeing revenge against their cross-town rivals after falling to the Red Bulls in last season’s inaugural series. While the Red Bulls may have gotten the best of their rivals last year, New York City FC is playing their best soccer of the season the week on a three-game win streak to catapult to the top of the Eastern Conference standings (4-3-4, 16 points).
 
There will be no shortage of star power with rivalry experience in Saturday’s contest with New York City FC forward David Villa bringing his know-how from perhaps the most intense soccer rivalry in the world between Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid to Yankee Stadium. Villa scored four goals in his 14 El Clásico matchups for Barcelona and brings scoring prowess to this New York rivalry as he currently sits tied for first atop the Golden Boot race with eight goals this season. Complementing Villa up front is promising U.S. National Team youngster Khiry Shelton, while Costa Rican starting defender Ronald Matarrita anchors the backline. New York Red Bulls counter with experience of their own with forward Bradley Wright-Phillips who gave New York City FC nightmares last season tallying four goals and scoring in all three NY crosstown matchups in 2015. Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan leads the league with six assists this season, while Jamaican defender Kemar Lawrence will look to slow down a suddenly dangerous New York City FC team ahead of a potential appearance in Copa America Centenario this summer.
 
MLS to Hold Heineken #RivalryWeek Media Day in New York City on Thursday, May 19
In advance of their Heineken Rivalry Week match on Saturday, coaches and players from New York City FC and New York Red Bulls will participate in the MLS Heineken #RivalryWeek Media Day at Twitter’s New York City office (245 W. 17th Street) on Thursday, May 19 from 2:30-4pm ET.
 
The event will not only serve as a traditional media availability but also re-imagine how a media day comes to life through the lens of Twitter, Periscope and Vine.  
 
Kicking off at 2:30pm ET, back-to-back press conferences with head coaches Patrick Vieira (NYCFC) and Jesse Marsch (NYRB) will be streamed live on Periscope by @MLS, @NewYorkRedBulls and @NYCFC, allowing fans to watch in real time and provide questions that will be asked through a social correspondent.
 
Following the two press conferences, media will be encouraged to utilize Twitter products – Twitter, Periscope, and Vine – to create content during roundtables with players from each squad while also inviting fans to participate via social media.
 
Media are asked to RSVP to Jane.Sexton@MLSsoccer.com by 5pm ET on Tuesday, May 17.
               
WHO:                New York City FC
Patrick Vieira @OfficialVieira
David Villa @Guaje7Villa
Khiry Shelton @khiryshelton14
Andrea Pirlo @Pirlo_official
Tommy McNamara @Tommy_Mc15
 
New York Red Bulls
Jesse Marsch @jessemarsch
Dax McCarty @DaxMcCarty11
Bradley Wright-Phillips @TheRealBWP
                          Mike Grella @MikeGrella10
 
MLS Heineken Rivalry Week Human Foosball in New York City’s Herald Square
In celebration of Heineken Rivalry Week, on Thursday, May 19, MLS and Heineken will bring a classic table-top game to life-sized proportions as a custom-built 4v4 Human Foosball Table will pop up in New York City’s Herald Square from 8 a.m. through 6:30 p.m. ET. Highlighting the day-long event will be iconic New York vs. New York rivalry matchups and a special appearance by New York City FC and New York Red Bulls players. 
 
The event is free and the general public, ages 21+, will have the opportunity to cheer on the participants as well as jump onto the pitch themselves and play on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Please contact Lauren.Hayes@MLSsoccer.com for more information.
 
Heineken House in Los Angeles
The LA Galaxy Foundation will be kicking off May’s Heineken Rivalry Week in conjunction with the renowned Heineken House, which will be open on a RSVP basis (21+ for entry) from Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22. The Heineken House, set to pop-up at 1136 Highland Ave in West Hollywood – will feature live viewing events and DJs for the weekend match-ups, stations that celebrate MLS rivalries and other interactive elements. Retired MLS great, Landon Donovan will also make an appearance on Sunday May 22 to talk about his legendary rivalry experiences and engage with fans during the Los Angeles Galaxy/San Jose Earthquakes match. A full schedule of events, including hours of operation, is available online at www.HeinekenRivalryWeek.com where fans can RSVP to visit each day.
 
Storied California Clásico heads south as streaking LA Galaxy host San Jose Earthquakes
Heineken Rivalry Week action will be capped by one of the oldest rivalries in MLS when the LA Galaxy look to win its second California Clásico matchup of the season when hosting San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday. LA’s 3-1 victory over San Jose on March 19 was the start of the Galaxy’s current eight-game undefeated streak that has the team sitting fourth in the Western Conference standings (5-1-4, 19 points), one spot ahead of rival San Jose (5-3-3, 18 points). LA midfielder Steven Gerrard, who previously took part in the famed Merseyside Derby against rival Everton while playing for Liverpool, will look to capture his first California Clásico title after San Jose defeated the Galaxy twice last season. 
 
Perhaps no player in the league has had a finer stretch of form in the previous few weeks than Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos who is tied for sixth in the league with five goals scored while ranking second in assists with five. Dos Santos has made a strong case for inclusion on Mexico’s Copa America roster, while teammate Gyasi Zardes has made an equally compelling argument to represent the U.S. National Team. San Jose is led by fellow Copa America prospects in Panamanians Anibal Godoy and Alberto Quintero along with U.S. hopeful Chris Wondolowski, who currently sits in fourth place in MLS goal scoring history and is rapidly approaching all-time leader and Galaxy and Earthquakes legend Landon Donovan.
 
Portland Timbers look for revenge vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Cascadia Cup clash
The Portland Timbers may have proved victorious in last season’s Western Conference semifinals en route to becoming MLS Cup champions, but so far in the 2016 campaign, bitter Cascadia Cup rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC hold bragging rights after a 2-1 home victory two weeks ago on May 7. With action shifting south to Portland, the Pacific Northwest foes continue a longstanding rivalry dating back to their North American Soccer League days in the 1970s. While Providence Park is a notoriously difficult place to win a match, let alone a rivalry game, Vancouver has seen a recent run of success coming away with points in four of the last five contests in Portland.
 
Leading the charge for Portland is Nigerian national team forward Fanendo Adi, who sits tied for first in MLS with eight goals scored. The Timbers have a strong contingent of players who could appear in Copa America with U.S. national team midfielder Darlington Nagbe and a trio of Jamaicans in Darren Mattocks, Alvas Powell and Jermaine Taylor. Vancouver features an equally strong crop of potential Copa players with Costa Ricans Kendall Waston and Christian Bolaños, along with Panamanian forward Blas Perez, who sealed a 2-1 Vancouver victory over Chicago Fire with a wondrous bicycle kick on May 11 (Watch Goal). After a thrilling 4-3 win over Canadian rivals Toronto FC on Saturday, Vancouver now sits in third in the Western Conference standings (6-5-2, 20 points), and will look to extend its three-game winning streak at the expense of a Portland squad battling for position in the ultra-competitive Western Conference (3-6-3, 12 points).
 
AT&T Goal of the Week voting now open (Week 11) – CLICK HERE to vote
  •          Blas Perez (VAN) Stunning bicycle kick in the box proves to be game winner
  •          Mike Magee (LA) Left-footed blast tin the box finds top right corner
  •          Lee Nguyen (NE) Bangs a right-footed shot off far post and into the back of the net
  •          Robbie Rogers (LA) Left with space in the box, sends home left-footed shot far post
  •          Sebastian Giovinco (TFC) Collects long range pass, spinning free of defender to sneak shot past Ousted
  •          Ricardo Clark (HOU) Powers home deflected ball from outside the box for equalizing goal
  •          Tommy McNamara (NYC) Finds the upper right corner with a sublime curling shot from just outside the box
  •          Didier Drogba (MTL) Rockets a shot into upper left corner from the top of the box for early goal
 
Check It Out
New England Revolution: DPs Kamara and Kouassi arrive
Real Salt Lake: RioT Pitch 2.0
Sporting Kansas City: Blue Hells Bells 2016
 
Quotables
“We know who he is, he’s punished us before in games. When you have someone in the league you know well, when they come in the locker room it’s instant respect. It energizes the team, and I could tell right away.”
New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps on new addition Kei Kamara’s immediate impact on the field
 
"I don't have any doubt that this is one of the most dangerous teams in the league, and that we're going to be scoring in the highest also. At this moment, we're having those dry moments. We have to be patient."
FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja on his team’s back-to-back victories following an earlier rough patch
 
“After they scored, it would’ve been easy to say (that) this is a familiar feeling and here we go again, (given) the kind of stretch that we’re going through right now. But we didn’t do that. We responded really well. It was a big, big result for us.”
Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler on the team snapping its winless streak on Sunday
 
“Listen, this town has set the bar for what soccer culture is going to look like going forward. All of us, when we come here, there’s a special excitement here. When you walk around town, people know who we are. They all know who the Sounders players are. Those guys are celebrities here.”
MLS legend Landon Donovan’s comments on the fan base in Seattle while playing in a local charity match
 
"They all know what the plan is, but sometimes younger players, in the heat of a game, get so wrapped up in it. They sort of lose the plan, and actually with their enthusiasm they start to do other things. I think Kaka is the reassuring word going, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa. This is what we do -- let's stick to it.'"
Orlando City SC coach Adrian Heath on Kaka’s mentorship of younger players on the field
 
Sweet Tweets
Landon Donovan (‏@landondonovan): Attn LA! I'm working w/ @HeinekenSoccer to kick off their #HeinekenHouse experience this wknd for @MLS #RivalryWeek heinekenrivalryweek.com
 
Charlie Davies (@CharlieDavies9): CT and I at our annual meet the Revs event. Nothing but love for the fans! #NERevs #MLS
 
Juan Agudelo (@JuanAgudelo): So much respect for this guy @TimHowardGK awesome teammate and person. #AmericanLegend
 
Dominic Oduro (@Freakyfast8): You see me now... .. And now u don't. #MrFlash on game day today.#imfc
 
Felipe Martins (@FeliMartins8): Only those who love this sport can understand this pic.Can't wait to be Wednesday  #Life ##RBNY #goodnight
 
Landon Donovan (‏@landondonovan): Excited and honored to coach the @chipotletweets @mls HomeGrown Game again this year! Doing a FB Live Q&A at 11AM PST to answer questions!
 
Week 12 Game Previews
Wednesday, May 18
Toronto FC vs. New York City FC, 7 p.m. ET
  • Sebastian Giovinco continued his remarkable production, scoring two goals and adding an assist in Toronto FC’s first home defeat of the season, a 4-3 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday evening at BMO Field. Giovinco has eight goals – tied for the lead in the MLS Golden Boot standings – and five assists (second-most in MLS); he has been part of each one of TFC’s 13 goals scored this season.
  • David Villa scored for a third consecutive game and NYCFC won for a third consecutive match – matching the club’s longest winning streak in its history – gaining a 2-1 win at the Portland Timbers on Sunday. Villa has four goals in the last three games as NYCFC moved into a tie atop the Eastern Conference.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. TFC’s Sebastian Giovinco set up one goal and scored a second, overcoming a pair of goals four minutes apart in the first half by NYCFC’s David Villa, to leave the teams in a 2-2 draw March 13 at Yankee Stadium.
  • The teams met three times in NYCFC’s inaugural MLS season, and TFC did not win a game. NYC won 2-0 on June 20 at BMO Field – the only meeting in Toronto – and also took a 2-0 win Sept. 16 at Yankee Stadium.
  • After the first meeting this season, David Villa has scored six goals in three appearances vs. Toronto FC. Sebastian Giovinco has four goals and two assists, including a hat trick in a nine-minute span in a wild 4-4 draw between the teams last July 12 at Yankee Stadium.
 
New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • The Red Bulls saw their three-game undefeated run put to an end in a 2-0 loss at D.C. United on Friday evening, their first defeat since April 16.
  • The Fire became the sole holders of the all-time MLS record longest winless streak away from home, now 29 games since their last road victory following their 2-0 loss at the New England Revolution on Saturday evening. The Fire last won away from home July 12, 2014, a 1-0 win at New England.
  • When the teams last met, as part of Decision Day on Oct. 25 last season, the Red Bulls took a 2-1 win at Toyota Park – their first win ever in Bridgeview. The Red Bulls’ last away win against Chicago had come May 14, 2005, a 3-0 win at Soldier Field; in between, the Fire were unbeaten in 14 home games in the league series (9-0-5).
  • The Fire have come away with a victory on two of their last four trips to Red Bull Arena, their last win in Harrison coming in a wild 5-4 victory May 10, 2014, as Chicago’s Harry Shipp and New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips each scored hat tricks – the only time in MLS history two hat tricks were scored in the same game. The Red Bulls took a 3-2 win last Sept. 11 in Harrison in the only meeting there between the clubs.
 
Friday, May 20
Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United, 7 p.m. ET (UNI)
  • Union recorded a third consecutive draw as C.J. Sapong scored his fifth goal of the season, netting the equalizer in a 1-1 result at the Montréal Impact on Saturday afternoon.
  • United snapped a two-game winless skid as Alvaro Saborío scored his fourth goal over the last six games, and Patrick Nyarko scored for the second time in the last three, in a 2-0 win against the New York Red Bulls on Friday evening at RFK Stadium.
  • United won the final two league meetings between the teams last season, both wins coming at RFK Stadium, a 2-1 win on May 30 and a 3-2 victory July 26. United have won the last three home regular season meetings between the teams; Union’s last victory in Washington came April 21, 2013.
  • Union won the only meeting between the teams last year in Chester, a 1-0 victory on May 10, which snapped a three-game winless streak overall in league play in the series.
  • The teams also met in the U.S. Open Cup last year, with a 10-man Union scoring a pair of second-half goals for a 2-1 win in a fifth-round match in Chester. The teams have met four of the last five years in the U.S. Open Cup, each winning twice.
 
Saturday, May 21
New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls, 3 p.m. ET (FOX)
  • Thomas McNamara extended his streak to four consecutive games with either a goal or an assist, netting the game-winning goal in NYCFC’s 2-1 win at the Portland Timbers. McNamara has a goal and three assists over the four-game span in which NYCFC drew once and won three – matching the club’s longest undefeated run in its history.
  • The teams met three times in 2015, the first year for NYCFC in Major League Soccer, and the Red Bulls won all three.
  • Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips owned the rivalry, scoring in each match, netting four goals in all. He scored both goals in the first meeting between the teams on May 10 at Red Bull Arena, a 2-1 Red Bulls win, then scored in the only meeting between the clubs at Yankee Stadium, a 3-1 win on June 28. Wright-Phillips scored the opening goal in the Red Bulls’ 2-0 win Aug. 9 in Harrison.
 
Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo, 5 p.m. ET
  • The Dynamo won their second consecutive game at home – their only two wins over their last nine outings – defeating Real Salt Lake on Sunday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium in a match delayed a day by weather.
  • The Dynamo haven’t won at Toyota Park since the 2009 season. The Fire have won three of the last six meetings in Bridgeview, with three draws, including a 2-1 win there Oct. 24, 2014 in the Dynamo’s last visit.
  • The Fire have never won at BBVA Compass Stadium. In five meetings there all-time, the Dynamo have won two, with three draws, including a 1-1 result last July 3 in the only meeting between the teams. Chicago hasn’t won in Houston since the 2007 season – after the Fire won on their first two visits there ever, the Dynamo have won five meetings since, with three draws.
 
New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Lee Nguyen scored a goal and added an assist as the Revolution put an end to a six-game winless streak with their first victory since April 1, a 2-0 win against the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium. Nguyen has a goal and three assists over the last three matches.
  • FC Dallas completed their return home with two wins in two games, defeating Seattle Sounders FC 2-0 on Saturday evening at Toyota Stadium. FC Dallas return to the road not having scored a goal in 331 minutes on their travels, outscored 8-0 in three losses on their road trip from April 23-May 7.
  • FC Dallas have won the last four meetings between the teams, including a 3-0 victory last July 5 at Toyota Stadium in the only encounter between the clubs.
  • The Revolution have not scored a goal against FC Dallas in 365 minutes, since a 2-0 victory Sept, 10, 2011 at Gillette Stadium. The last six matches in the series have all ended in a shutout (five by FC Dallas).
  • The Revolution have not won in Frisco since 2008; FCD has taken four consecutive home wins by shutout vs. New England, the Revolution now not having scored at Toyota Stadium in 384 minutes. FCD won 1-0 at Gillette Stadium in 2013, their first in Foxborough since 2003.
 
Orlando City SC vs. Montreal Impact, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Orlando City had their winless streak extended to six games – matching the longest in the club’s MLS history – with their third loss in that time in a 2-1 defeat by Sporting Kansas City on Sunday afternoon.
  • Didier Drogba scored for a third consecutive game, netting the Impact’s lone goal in their 1-1 draw with Philadelphia Union on Saturday afternoon at Stade Saputo. Drogba has three goals and three assists in the last four games – with at least a goal and/or assist in each – as the Impact have recorded four consecutive draws.
  • The teams met three times in Orlando City SC’s inaugural season, evenly splitting the season series. Each team won once at home, the Impact taking a 2-0 victory June 20 at Stade Saputo, and Orlando City responding with a 2-1 win in Orlando. The teams reached a 2-2 draw in their first meeting, March 14 at Olympic Stadium.
 
Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Sporting put an end to their seven-game winless run – the team’s longest since a club record-tying 10-game stretch without a victory in 2011 – in their 2-1 win against Orlando City SC on Sunday afternoon at Children’s Mercy Park.
  • Real have started their five-game road swing with back-to-back 1-0 losses, falling to the Houston Dynamo on Sunday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium in a match delayed a day due to weather. RSL do not play at home again until June 18.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Justen Glad and Luke Mulholland scored on either side of halftime as Real Salt Lake claimed a 2-1 win April 2 at Children’s Mercy Park.
  • The first meeting victory was Real’s first ever at Children’s Mercy Park, in seven meetings lifetime, including MLS Cup 2013. RSL had last won in Kansas City in 2009 (at CommunityAmerica Ballpark).
  • Real have a three-game winning streak alive vs. Sporting, having won the last two league meetings a year ago, both by 2-1 scorelines, and both at Rio Tinto Stadium (June 21 and July 24) – their first wins against KC since the 2011 season. RSL haven’t lost in five consecutive regular season matches vs. SKC (3-0-2).
 
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids, 10 p.m. ET
  • Sounders FC had their two-game winning streak put to an end and Jordan Morris saw his goalscoring streak snapped, following their 2-0 defeat at FC Dallas on Saturday. Morris scored a goal in four straight games, matching the all-time MLS record for a rookie with goals in consecutive games.
  • The Rapids extended their overall undefeated streak to seven matches, and their road unbeaten run to three games, following their 1-1 draw at Columbus Crew SC on Saturday evening.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Jermaine Jones, Luis Solignac and Kevin Doyle all scored to lead the Rapids to a 3-1 win April 23 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. It was the Rapids’ first home win against Sounders FC since Oct. 5, 2013, a 5-1 Colorado win; Seattle had won on their last two visits to Commerce City.
  • The Rapids won the last meeting between the teams a year ago, a 1-0 victory on July 18 at CenturyLink Field, ending a five-game Sounders FC winning streak in the all-time series and the club’s first victory ever in Seattle in 10 regular-season visits.
  • The first meeting win was just the third for the Rapids vs. Seattle over the last five seasons. Since the start of 2011, Sounders FC have 12 of 16 meetings in regular season and MLS Cup play, with one draw.
 
Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew SC, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • The Trillium Cup match ends a run of four consecutive games at BMO Field for TFC, after opening the season with an eight-game road swing while the stadium underwent a major expansion. The homestand started with a 1-0 win against FC Dallas, followed by a 4-3 defeat by Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
  • Crew SC saw their winless run extended to three games with a second consecutive draw, reaching a 1-1 result with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday evening at Mapfre Stadium. Crew SC are unbeaten in their last four home games.
  • The teams met three times a season ago, with Crew SC winning twice (and one draw) – victorious once on each ground. Crew SC won 2-0 on March 14 at Mapfre Stadium, 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 then won in the season series finale, a 2-0 win Oct. 17 at BMO Field, ending a two-game home winning streak for TFC in the series. Those two victories were TFC’s first ever at BMO Field in the series, after three losses and five draws over the first six-plus seasons.
 
Sunday, May 22
Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Fanendo Adi remained in a tie in the MLS Golden Boot standings with his eighth goal of the season, but the Timbers suffered their third consecutive defeat, falling 2-1 to New York City FC on Sunday afternoon at Providence Park. It’s the club’s longest losing run since an MLS club-record five-game losing slide in 2012.
  • Whitecaps FC won their third game in a row, Kekuta Manneh scoring twice and setting up a third in a 4-3 victory against Toronto FC on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. Christian Bolaños added his fourth goal of the season; he has a goal and/or an assist in five consecutive games, with four goals and an assist in that time.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Masato Kudo and Christian Bolaños scored six minutes apart in the second half to pull Whitecaps FC back for a 2-1 win May 7 at BC Place. Whitecaps FC have won just three times in 15 all-time MLS meetings between the teams, all coming in the last seven meetings.
  • The ‘Caps have come away with points in four of the last five encounters at Providence Park, with a win and three draws, the Timbers only win in that time coming Sept. 20, 2014, a 3-0 victory. The last two league matchups in Portland have ended in draws.
  • The teams also met in the Western Conference Semifinals a year ago, with the Timbers taking the series with a 2-0 victory in the second leg at BC Place, following a scoreless draw at Providence Park.
 
LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 7 p.m. ET (FS1)
  • The Galaxy return to action after a weekend off, scoring multiple goals for the fourth time in the last five matches last time out, a 2-2 draw at Philadelphia Union on May 11. The Galaxy have scored 16 goals in the last five games; they lead MLS with 24 goals for the season.
  • The Quakes also return to action after putting an end to a brief two-game winless run last time out, a 3-1 win against the Houston Dynamo on May 11 at Avaya Stadium. Alberto Quintero scored a pair of goals – both set up by Chris Wondolowski – the first two-goal game of his MLS career.
  • The teams are meeting for a second time this season. Gyasi Zardes scored a pair of goals to lead the Galaxy to a 3-1 win March 19 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
  • The Quakes haven’t won in Carson since the 2012 season, a 3-2 win on May 23. Since then, the Galaxy have won three of the five league meetings at StubHub Center, with two draws. A year ago, the Galaxy claimed a 5-2 win June 17 at StubHub Center – the most goals scored in a league game in the 20 seasons of the rivalry.
  • The Quakes won both home meetings between the teams last season, including a 1-0 win Aug. 28 at Avaya Stadium in the first match played there between the clubs. The Galaxy have won just once in the last 12 regular season meetings in northern California, across four stadiums – a 1-0 victory June 28, 2014 at Stanford Stadium. The Quakes finished undefeated against the Galaxy in league play at their former Buck Shaw Stadium home, with two wins and three draws in five matches there.