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This Week in MLS – September 26, 2016

This Week in MLS – September 26, 2016
  • Young stars take center stage as Push to the Playoffs enters home stretch 
  • Supporters’ Shield race heats up as five teams close in on FC Dallas
  • CONCACAF Champions League action returns with eye on semifinal berths 
  • Kick Childhood Cancer game-worn autographed jersey auction to help raise funds for Children’s Oncology Group
  • Week 29 AT&T Goal of the Week voting now open
  • Check It Out, Quotables, Sweet Tweets
  • Week 30 Game Previews
 
Young stars take center stage as Push to the Playoffs enters home stretch  
After three additional teams – New York Red Bulls, New York City FC and Toronto FC – clinched postseason berths last week, a third of the field has now been set for the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. With eight playoff spots remaining (five in the Western Conference and three in the Eastern Conference) a crop of talented young players will be faced with the opportunity to help push their teams above the red line.
 
Cyle Larin returns home as Orlando City SC faces a pair of Canadian squads in search of first postseason berth
Orlando City SC forward Cyle Larin returns to his native Canada to take on Toronto FC on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1/TSN4) in a match that has growing playoff implications. With Orlando sitting eighth in the Eastern Conference (34 points, 7-10-13 record) and three points outside of the red line, the pressure will be at an all-time high. But that won’t be new to the 21-year-old Larin. Fresh off his selection as the top player in the MLS 24 Under 24 presented by EA SPORTS, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has led Orlando with 14 goals this season, ranking top ten league-wide, a year after setting the all-time MLS rookie scoring record with 17 tallies.
 
After facing Toronto, Orlando will return home to Camping World Stadium for MLS Soccer Sunday action when it hosts the Montreal Impact (1 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes). If Orlando is successful in Toronto, the club will have a chance to leapfrog Montreal into playoff positioning (East #5, 38 points, 9-10-11). The Lions hold the fifth-best attack in MLS in terms of goals scored this season with 49, but the Impact counter with Ignacio Piatti, whose 14 goals tie Larin in the top 10 rankings league-wide. A victory in Sunday’s match could greatly improve either team’s chances to climb in a crowded Eastern Conference.
 
Jordan Morris’ historic rookie season keeps Seattle Sounders FC’s playoff hopes alive
Seattle Sounders FC (West #7, 38 points, 11-13-5 record) continues a late playoff push in hopes of clinching what would be an MLS-best eighth-consecutive postseason berth, and the club has an opportunity to jump above the red line when it faces Cascadia rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place on MLS Soccer Sunday (8 p.m. ET, FS1/TSN2).
 
Fresh off of being named No. 3 in the MLS 24 Under 24 rankings, rookie forward Jordan Morris gave a major boost to Seattle’s playoff chances, recording a brace in Seattle’s first win in LA since 2009. The sensational 21-year-old now ranks second all-time in MLS rookie scoring with 12 goals, topped only by Larin’s 17 goals last season. The Homegrown Player is now the highest-scoring American-born rookie. Teammate Nicolás Lodeiro has also sparked Seattle’s strong run of play with three goals and eight assists in nine matches played since joining the club this summer.
 
Vancouver, while still in the playoff race, faces long odds in its quest for a third consecutive postseason appearance, but can play with an eye towards the future. Homegrown Player Alphonso Davies became the second-youngest player ever to start an MLS match last week, as the 15-year-old joins a talented and young roster led by Kekuta Manneh, named No. 5 in the MLS 24 Under 24 rankings. Seattle and Vancouver split the previous two matchups this season with each team emerging victorious on their opponent’s home pitch.
 
Supporters’ Shield race heats up as five teams close in on FC Dallas
The race for the Supporters’ Shield heats up this week as five teams all tied on 48 points – New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, New York City FC, Colorado Rapids, and LA Galaxy – close in on current leaders FC Dallas (West #1, 53 points, 15-8-8 record).
 
All six teams are in action this week as New York City FC (East #3, 48 points, 13-9-9 record) travels to BBVA Compass Stadium to take on a rapidly improving Houston Dynamo squad on national television Friday night (8 p.m. ET, UniMás). On Saturday, Dallas hosts the LA Galaxy at Toyota Stadium in a must-watch six-point game, while the New York Red Bulls (East #1, 48 points, 13-9-9 record) will look to extend an MLS best 13-game unbeaten streak when hosting the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena (7 p.m. ET, MLS LIVE). The Colorado Rapids will get its chance on Saturday as well, when the club takes on the reigning MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (9 p.m. ET, MLS LIVE). Toronto FC (East #2, 48 points, 13-8-9 record) has double the opportunity as it faces Orlando City SC on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, TSN4) before welcoming D.C. United to BMO Field on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN4).
 
Will FC Dallas further tighten its grip on the Supporters’ Shield in an effort for a historic treble, or will others rise to the occasion and gain ground?
 
CONCACAF Champions League action returns with eye on semifinal berths 
Four MLS clubs return to 2016-2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League action this week with semifinal berths at stake. The New York Red Bulls kick things off as the club travels to Guatemala to take on Antigua GFC on Tuesday in its final match of group play (8 p.m. ET, UDN). The Red Bulls, who previously defeated Antigua 3-0 in an August matchup behind goals from Alex Muyl and league-leading assist man Sacha Kljestan, will clinch a spot in the semifinals with a victory or draw on Tuesday. The Portland Timbers, meanwhile, head to El Salvador for a crucial contest against Dragón, needing either a victory or draw to keep its semifinal hopes alive. Portland previously defeated Dragón 2-1 at Providence Park in August with goals from Jack McInerney and Diego Valeri.
 
Current Supporters’ Shield leaders FC Dallas host Guatemalan club Suchitepéquez on Wednesday at Toyota Stadium for its third CCL match of the year (8 p.m. ET, Facebook). FCD is currently tied with Suchitepéquez atop the group standings with a home-and-away series remaining. Vancouver Whitecaps FC conclude its group stage play against Central FC on Wednesday at BC Place with the club already securing its first ever berth into the semifinals after emerging victorious in its previous three contests (10 p.m. ET, Facebook).  
  
Tuesday, September 27
8 p.m. ET, UDN – Antigua GFC (Guatemala) vs. New York Red Bulls
10 p.m. ET, UDN – Dragón (El Salvador) vs. Portland Timbers
 
Wednesday, September 28
8 p.m. ET, Facebook.com – FC Dallas vs. Suchitepéquez (Guatemala)
10 p.m. ET, Facebook.com – Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Central FC (Trinidad and Tobago)
 
Kick Childhood Cancer game-worn autographed jersey auction to help raise funds for Children’s Oncology Group
All month long, MLS clubs and fans have been showing their support in the fight against pediatric cancer through Kick Childhood Cancer and Scarftember. In addition to the many on-field and in-stadium activities supporting the campaign, proceeds from Kick Childhood Cancer products sold are being donated to Children’s Oncology Group, and for every fan who has posts on social media with the hashtag #ScarvesUp, a $1 donation has also been made.
 
Now, fans will have an even greater opportunity to contribute to the overall donation, while also getting the chance to win exclusive memorabilia from their favorite MLS athletes. Some of the biggest stars in MLS, including Didier Drogba, Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Sebastian Giovinco, Andrea Pirlo, Kaká, and many others, have donated game-worn and autographed jerseys to the Kick Childhood Cancer auction. The auction, which opened Friday, will last through Monday, October 3rd. To view the auction and make a bid, or learn more about Kick Childhood Cancer, visit the Kick Childhood Cancer site.
 
AT&T Goal of the Week voting now open (Week 29) – CLICK HERE to vote
  • Jordan Morris (SEA) Burns Galaxy defense with speed before firing shot into back corner of the net
  • Mauro Manotas (HOU) Sneaks left-footed strike near post past diving goalkeeper Jake Gleeson
  • Steven Mendoza (NYC) Sends a stunning left-footed strike over goalkeeper Sean Johnson from outside the box
  • Alejandro Bedoya (PHI) Scores first MLS goal with beautiful right-footed chip from just inside the penalty area
  • Shkëlzen Gashi (COL) Sends a curling free kick to the upper left corner for his second goal of the match
  • Julio Baptista (ORL) Hits a right-footed free kick off the crossbar to put Orlando on the board
  • Ozzie Alonso (SEA) Rockets home a right-footed shot from well outside the box to extend Seattle’s lead
  • David Villa (NYC) Jukes a defender in the box with a cutback move before scoring with a left-footed shot far post
 
Check It Out
 
Quotables
“I think I’m a pretty generous person. I grew up in a household where we always had friends staying over, we always had family around. My parents were always welcoming to anybody coming to our house, having dinner with us. I just feel that’s the way to live your life, and it’s parlayed a little onto the soccer field.”
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan on his recent call up and standout performance with the U.S. Men’s National Team
 
“As the season has gone on, the game has slowed down for me a little bit. In moments like that, I don’t panic as much. I took the touch, and maybe earlier in the season, I would have hit it first-time.”
Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris on his continued improvement throughout his rookie season
 
“For me the focus was the game and three points. But of course I knew that it was a matchup between the Kamaras and I wanted to be the winner.”
Columbus Crew SC forward Ola Kamara on his two goal performance against New England Revolution and ex-Crew SC player Kei Kamara
                           
“You hope you have the type of players and staff that, when the games get more important, they rise to the occasion. I think you saw a group of men out there who fought extremely hard, played well and understood what it was going to take at both ends of the ball.”
D.C. United coach Ben Olsen on his team’s run of strong late season performances with a postseason berth on the line
 
"I am happy to be on that list. I have a goal scorer's mentality so I definitely want to be on that kind of list... I am very happy we were able to walk away with three points."
Houston Dynamo forward Mauro Manotas on becoming the sixth player in franchise history to score a hat trick
 
Sweet Tweets
Alejandro Bedoya (‏@AleBedoya17): At the @espn campus getting ready to shoot some real life @EASPORTSFIFA skills challenges with @MauriceEdu & @CharlieDavies9! #FIFA17
 
David Villa  (@Guaje7Villa): Big boys with little Villa...   @NYCFC @NYCFCEspanol @nyknicks @kporzee @willyhg94 @MKuzminskas
 
Jack Harrison (@jackharrison11): Thank You to @rmh_hudson_valley for inviting me to their 2nd Annual Dylan J Hoffman Memorial Walk! Had the chance to meet Camron here who is a wonderful kid with amazing parents going through a tough time and I wish nothing but the very best of luck to his family. A very humbling experience and it was a pleasure meeting him along with many other people today! Such a great organization and I admire everything they do #ronaldmcdonaldhouse
 
Jordan Morris (@JmoSmooth13): Thanks to the @Mariners for having me today! It was fun to break out the baseball glove again #seattlelove
 
Giles Barnes (@GilesBarnesReal): Big up this special talent, my roomie @AlphonsoDavies he should be so proud of his performance and @WhitecapsFC fans should be very excited
 
Matt Lampson (@LampStrong): Whoever found my address and mailed me this cake, thank you and you are an American hero.
 
Week 30 Game Previews
Wednesday, September 28
D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew SC, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • D.C. United returned home after a three-game road swing and extended their undefeated streak to three games with a 4-1 win against Orlando City SC at RFK Stadium. United fullback Taylor Kemp set up three of their four goals, extending the club’s undefeated streak at RFK Stadium to seven games. United have scored 10 goals in their last two home games.
  • Columbus Crew SC won their second game in a row, defeating the New England Revolution 2-0 on Sunday evening at Mapfre Stadium. Ola Kamara scored both goals for Crew SC, his second consecutive two-goal game, and has scored the last four goals for the club; Kamara has five goals and one assist in the last three games, playing a part in every goal Crew SC has scored (they also tallied on an own goal).
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Fabian Espíndola scored an 89th-minute equalizer for United, canceling out a goal from Crew SC’s Ola Kamara, leaving the teams in a 1-1 draw July 16 at Mapfre Stadium.
  • United have won once in the last nine meetings between the teams, a 2-0 win last May 2 at RFK Stadium. Crew SC have won six of the nine meetings since the 2013 season, with three draws. The draw in the first meeting this year ended a two-game Crew SC winning streak in the series.
 
Toronto FC vs. Orlando City SC, 7:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
  • Toronto FC extended their undefeated streak to three games with a second consecutive draw, reaching a 1-1 result with Philadelphia Union on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. Justin Morrow scored his fourth goal of the season; he has a goal and/or an assist now in three consecutive games.
  • Orlando City SC saw their losing slide extended to three games in a 4-1 loss to D.C. United on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium. City have conceded four goals in each of the three losses.
  • The teams are meeting for the third time this season, each winning once with late goals at Camping World Stadium. Jozy Altidore scored the game-winner in the 86th minute to give Toronto FC a 2-1 road win on Aug. 24; Kaká converted a penalty kick in the 100th minute – matching the latest goal scored in a regulation match in MLS history – as Orlando City took a 3-2 win June 25.
  • The first meeting victory was Orlando City’s first in the all-time series. Toronto FC won all three meetings between the clubs in Orlando City’s inaugural season in MLS, outscoring OCSC 11-1. TFC won both meetings at BMO Field, three weeks apart, a 4-1 win Aug. 5 and a 5-0 win Aug. 22, also winning 2-0 in Orlando on April 26.
 
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Chicago Fire, 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Jordan Morris netted a pair of goals as Sounders FC won a second consecutive match in a 4-2 victory against the LA Galaxy on Sunday afternoon at StubHub Center. Morris now has 12 goals for the season, the second-most in a single season by a rookie in MLS history; he’s scored in consecutive games with three goals in that span.
  • The Fire had their winless run extended to three games, starting a three-game road swing with a 4-1 loss at New York City FC on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.
  • The Fire won the lone meeting between the teams a year ago, a 1-0 win July 11 at Toyota Park, their first win ever vs. Sounders FC in 11 matches all-time in all competitions.
  • Seattle won six of the first nine meetings all-time in league play, with three draws, including three victories in a row in the series before the Fire win last year. Sounders FC also won the 2011 U.S. Open Cup Final between the clubs.
 
Montreal Impact vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • The Impact saw their winless run extended to four matches with a second consecutive defeat, dropping a 1-0 decision to the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening.
  • The Earthquakes had their winless streak extended to six matches, falling 2-1 to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday evening at Avaya Stadium.
  • The Impact are undefeated vs. the Earthquakes in four league meetings all-time between the clubs, after a 1-1 draw last Sept. 16 at Avaya Stadium. The Impact have won both meetings all-time at Stade Saputo, last a 2-0 win Sept. 20, 2014. The teams have played to two draws in two encounters in San Jose.
  • The clubs also met twice in the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League in 2013, each team winning on their home ground.
 
Friday, September 30
Houston Dynamo vs. New York City FC, 8 p.m. ET (UNI)
  • Mauro Manotas scored a hat trick as the Dynamo won a second consecutive game – their first back-to-back victories in league play this season – in their 3-1 win against the Portland Timbers on Saturday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. Manotas has scored his first goals in MLS over the last three games, now with four.
  • David Villa scored a pair of goals – his fifth multiple-goal game this season – as NYCFC clinched a berth in the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs in their second season following a 4-1 win against the Chicago Fire on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium. Villa has 19 goals for the season, now in second place in the MLS Golden Boot standings.
  • The teams have met once all-time, playing to a 1-1 draw last May 30 at Yankee Stadium during NYCFC’s inaugural MLS season.
 
Saturday, October 1
New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m. ET
  • Daniel Royer scored his first MLS goal, giving the Red Bulls a 1-0 win against the Montréal Impact on Saturday evening at Red Bull Arena that extended their club-record undefeated streak to 13 games and sealed a place in the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs. The Red Bulls last lost on July 3, unbeaten in their last 16 matches in all competitions entering the week.
  • Alejandro Bedoya scored his first MLS goal as Union saw their winless run extended to four games, with a second draw in that time, following a 1-1 result with Toronto FC on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. C.J. Sapong and Chris Pontius scored a minute apart midway through the second half as Union overcame a pair of first-half goals from the Red Bulls’ Sacha Kljestan, leaving the teams in a 2-2 draw July 17 at Talen Energy Stadium.
  • 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.
  • Union won 2-0 last May 24 at Red Bull Arena, their first-ever win in Harrison; 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.
 
New England Revolution vs. Sporting Kansas City, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • The Revolution saw their three-game winning streak – their longest of the season – put to an end in a 2-0 loss at Columbus Crew SC on Sunday evening at Mapfre Stadium.
  • Dom Dwyer scored his 15th goal of the season as Sporting extended their undefeated run to three games, following a pair of draws, with a 2-1 win at the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening. The win ended a 12-game winless streak on the road for SKC, their longest since 2008.
  • Sporting won the lone meeting between the teams a year ago, a 4-2 victory May 20 at Sporting Park. The Revolution had a three-game winning streak alive in the series before last year’s SKC win, triumphant in all three league meetings during the 2014 season.
  • The Revolution’s 2-0 win at Gillette Stadium on April 26, 2014 snapped a six-game Sporting undefeated streak in league play in the series, scoring their first goals vs. SKC since July 30, 2011, snapping a 592-minute shutout streak. The Revolution are undefeated in the last three meetings in Foxborough.
  • When the Revolution won 3-2 on Sept. 26, 2014, it was their first win in Kansas City since 2008, ending an eight-game winless streak there.
 
Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Arturo Alvarez collected an assist for a second consecutive game in the Fire’s 4-1 defeat at New York City FC on Friday evening, their second consecutive road loss, beginning a three-game road swing which concludes with the Columbus game.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. They reached a scoreless draw March 19 at Toyota Park.
  • Crew SC haven’t lost to the Fire in the last seven meetings in the series. The last Fire victory was a 2-1 win in Columbus, June 22, 2013; Crew SC have won four of the meetings, with three draws.
  • Crew SC have come away with points in the last four home encounters with the Fire, winning three. The Crew SC victory last year at Toyota Park was their first in Bridgeview since the 2006 season. The Fire had gone 6-0-5 in the 11 meetings in between.
 
Toronto FC vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Jonathan Osorio collected his fifth assist, now with a goal and/or an assist in his last three games, in TFC’s 1-1 draw with Philadelphia Union on Saturday. It was a second consecutive home draw for Toronto FC, without a victory in three straight games, their last home win having come Aug. 6.
  • Patrick Mullins scored a pair of goals in United’s 4-1 win against Orlando City SC on Saturday evening, his first goals since scoring a hat trick vs. the Chicago Fire on Aug. 27, setting a single-season career-high with seven goals in his third MLS season.
  • The teams are meeting for the third time this season, and Toronto FC have won the first two, both at BMO Field. Sebastian Giovinco scored after just 58 seconds, the earliest goal scored by Toronto FC in the club’s 10-year history, for a 1-0 win April 16. Then on July 23, Giovinco hit for a hat trick in a 4-1 TFC win.
  • TFC has come away with points on three of their last four trips to RFK Stadium, with a 2-1 victory last June 6 at RFK Stadium in the only meeting between the teams in Washington, D.C. The TFC win in the first meeting this season ended a two-game home winless streak in the series. United had come away with points on six of their previous nine trips to BMO Field since 2010, with five victories.
 
Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers, 9 p.m. ET
  • The Rapids extended their undefeated streak to three games with a second successive draw, reaching a dramatic 3-3 result with Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday afternoon at BC Place. Shkëlzen Gashi netted a pair of goals, his first two-goal game in his MLS career; he has five goals in his last seven games.
  • The Timbers saw their two-game winning streak – their first consecutive victories in league play this season – come to an end in a 3-1 loss at the Houston Dynamo on Saturday evening. Diego Valeri scored the lone Timbers goal, his second game in a row with a goal; since Aug. 7, Valeri has four goals and two assists in eight matches.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. They reached a goalless draw July 4 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
  • The Timbers have a five-game undefeated streak alive in the series, with three wins and two draws since the last Rapids victory, March 22, 2014 in Commerce City.
  • The visiting team has won just twice in the all-time series, the Rapids winning in Portland on June 11, 2011 before a Timbers win in Commerce City on May 30, 2015. The Timbers have a five-game home winning streak alive vs. Colorado.
 
FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy, 9 p.m. ET
  • FC Dallas saw their winless run extended to three games with a second consecutive draw, following their goalless result at Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening.
  • Robbie Keane scored a pair of goals, but the Galaxy had their six-game undefeated streak put to an end in a 4-2 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday afternoon, their first loss this season at StubHub Center. Keane now has 10 goals, reaching double-digits in goals for a fifth consecutive season; it was the 19th multiple-goal game of Keane’s MLS career, fourth all-time in league history.
  • The teams are meeting for the first time this season, the first of a home-and-home series over the season’s final four weeks. The teams did meet in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal, FC Dallas taking a 2-1 win in extra time Aug. 10 at StubHub Center, Victor Ulloa scoring the late game-winning goals.
  • The Galaxy have won the last two league meetings between the teams, once at each ground. The Galaxy’s win Aug. 15, 2015 at Toyota Stadium ending a two-game FCD home winning streak, their first victories at home vs. the Galaxy since 2011. The Galaxy are undefeated in Carson over the last eight meetings vs. FC Dallas in league play, dating back to the start of the 2010 season, going 7-0-1 in that time.
 
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake, 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Simon Dawkins netted his fourth goal of the season and Henok Goitom collected his first MLS assist, but the Quakes suffered the 2-1 loss to Sporting KC on Saturday evening at Avaya Stadium, extending their home winless run to five games.
  • Real Salt Lake snapped a two-game losing slide but still saw their winless streak extended to four games, reaching a goalless draw with FC Dallas on Saturday evening at Rio Tinto Stadium. It was a third consecutive attacking shutout for RSL.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Chris Wondolowski put the Quakes ahead early, but Luke Mulholland evened the score in the second half for Real, leaving the teams in a 1-1 draw July 22 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
  • A year ago, each club won at Avaya Stadium by 1-0 scorelines; when the Quakes won in the final meeting, on Sept. 27, it was their first home win vs. Real since 2012. RSL had won twice on their previous four visits to San Jose, with two draws. The Quakes have won on two of their last six trips to Rio Tinto Stadium (with two draws).
 
Sunday, October 2
Orlando City SC vs. Montreal Impact, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • The teams are meeting for the third time this season, Orlando City winning the first two, once at each ground. Cyle Larin scored a goal late in each half as City overcame an early Ignacio Piatti strike for a 2-1 win May 21 at Camping World Stadium; on Sept. 7 at Stade Saputo, Kaká netted two goals and Carlos Rivas scored a goal and added two assists in a 4-1 win.
  • 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.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 8 p.m. (FS1)
  • Erik Hurtado scored his second goal of the season – just two games after scoring his first MLS goal in nearly two years – and added an assist as Whitecaps FC came back three times in a dramatic 3-3 draw with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday afternoon at BC Place.
  • Nicolas Lodeiro recorded his eighth assist in Sounders FC’s 4-2 win against the LA Galaxy on Sunday afternoon. Lodeiro has a goal and/or assist in each of his last eight matches, dating back to Aug. 7, with three goals and eight assists in that span, playing a part in 11 of Seattle’s 18 goals scored over that stretch.
  • The teams are meeting for the third time this season, splitting the first two, both at CenturyLink Field. Pedro Morales scored a goal in each half as Whitecaps FC took a 2-1 win March 19; on Sept. 17, Jordan Morris scored the game’s lone goal in a Sounders FC victory.
  • The Sounders FC win in the last meeting was the first by the home team in six league matches in the series, since a Vancouver win at BC Place on July 5, 2014. The visiting team had won all five games in between – Whitecaps FC winning three times in Seattle, and Sounders FC twice at BC Place.