It was a season opener of firsts for MLS last weekend. LAFC won their first match and both conference finalists from last year lost Seattle to the aforementioned LAFC and Toronto to the Columbus Crew. Not to mention Houston smashing Atlanta. It was a glorious day.
Columbus Crew v Montreal Impact – Many people were down on the Crew this year and rightfully so, they lost Kamara and Meram, and brought in Gyasi Zardes which is definitely a downgrade. However, the Crew came out and bossed Toronto (albeit a weakened side looking ahead towards CCL). Montreal lost on the road to Vancouver. That being said, Montreal sucks. Crew win 2-0.
New England Revolution v Colorado Rapids – The Revs opened the season in fine fucking form. Brad Friedel managed to see both of his Centerbacks get sent off with reds and are now out for this fixture and dropping two goals and all three points to the Union. The Rapids had a bye in week one and must be licking their chops at a possible three road points. Please, for the love of god do not watch this turd burger of a match. Colorado Rapids win 1-0.
Real Salt Lake v LAFC – After a big win away at Seattle, LAFC faces another road test at the Rio Tinto. RSL got a 1-1 draw away at FC Dallas. RSL looks much improved and Bradley’s squad looked really good for the first 65 minutes or so then hung on through tired legs. They still don’t have a full Major League squad yet, and the thin air of Salt Lake City might be a little too much. RSL wins 3-1.
Chicago Fire v Sporting KC – The Chicago Fire had a bye last week and Sporting KC got pantsed at home by the Man City West last week. The Fire have a lot of questions with David Accam now gone and the main question is whether or not the Fire have a suitable #10 to replace him. Because, let’s be fair, Nemanja Nicolic needs someone to help unlock him, he’s not really out-running anybody. Draw 1-1.
Houston Dynamo v Vancouver Whitecaps – Both the Dynamo and Whitecaps had successful opening days, with the Dynamo thrashing Atlanta United and the Whitecaps eclipsing Montreal Impact. We do know that the Dynamo don’t lose at home and the Whitecaps were one of the streakiest teams in MLS last year, simultaneously looking like world beaters one week and absolute trash the next. But, since we are in Houston, Dynamo win 3-1.
New York Red Bulls v Portland Timbers – The Red Bulls started the season on bye and played mid-week snatching a 2-0 win in Mexico in CCL. The Timber and Gio Savarese lost in LA to the Galaxy to open up his MLS ledger. The Red Bulls looked very good on the road midweek and would love to continue that form at home with the return leg next Tuesday in New Jersey. However you gotta thinnk that Jesse Marsh is going to rest the likes of BWP and/or Tyler Adams ahead of ensuring a trip to the CCL Semis and it is quite likely we see mostly Red Bulls II on the pitch. Portland wins 3-1.
Orlando City v Minnesota United FC – OCSC secured a point at home against the run of play at the death, but it was against fellow Eastern Conference foe DC United so after the delirium of the Pinho goal this has gotta feel like two points dropped for a team with high aspirations. The Loons on the other hand showed like they learned absolutely nothing in the offseason. The Purple Lions are still shorthanded thanks to Sasha losing his fucking mind last year in the playoffs and Diving Dom still out, but Justin Meram was more than competent and the Lions have far too many weapons (or more correctly, the Loons have zero weapons) for the Loons to handle. Orlando City 3-1.
Atlanta United v DC United – Oh the bogeyman that is DC United. In fact Atlanta United was the worst United last year dropping one to MNUFC and two to DC, whereas MNUFC and DC only lost once in the battle of the Uniteds. After getting smoked in Houston, Atlanta returns home to hopefully slay the DC United monkey off their back early. DC United visit Hotlanta probably feeling hard done by a goal scored at the death by Orlando to steal a point last week. Mostly they will just be hoping that whoever put the hex on Atlanta, that hex is still working. Sadly I don’t think it will. Atlanta wins 4-1.
NYCFC v LA Galaxy – Both NYCFC and the LA Galaxy started their MLS seasons with emphatic wins last Sunday. NYCFC went to Kansas City and beat KC 2-0 which is very rare. The Galaxy hosted Portland and new boy Kamara scored along with Alessandrini bagged the second before limping off late in the match. A cross-country trip is probably not going to be the best for LAG and Sygi Schmid, still trying to figure out how this team is going to work. NYCFC wins 3-0.
Byes: Seattle Sounders, Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC
Well there we go, an actual decent slate of matches this week, minus that Revs-Rapids game. Enjoy the matches!