The Portland Timbers are back on the road this weekend and set to take on Columbus Crew SC in their first cross-conference match of the year. With two wins in the book against the Crew in the last two years, the Timbers will be looking to extend that streak and keep their record unblemished through week four of the 2017 season.
Jamie and Chris take to the microphone to discuss the Portland Timbers' 2-0 preseason-finale loss to the Chicago Fire, to provide an update (sort of) on the signing of Mystery Winger, and to look ahead to the regular-season opener against Columbus Crew SC.
We have to reflect on D.C. United before getting to the USMNT
D.C. United is off this weekend, but Filibuster is not! Jason, Ben, and Adam are here to talk about (another) depressing game. We talk about the penalty kicks in the recent loss to Columbus Crew SC and wonder why D.C. United is so bad in March throughout their history.
270 scoreless minutes means the Black-and-Red have just one point after three games
Referee Ted Unkel might not have won over many fans from D.C. United on Saturday night, but it was the Black-and-Red's own ineptitude in front of goal that has kept United winless to start the 2017 season. The latest set back was a 2-0 defeat at home to Columbus Crew SC, as center back Steve Birnbaum conceded two penalties, one on each side of the half.
Can the Black-and-Red finally find the back of the net?
It's safe to say that D.C. United haven't started the 2017 season quite as hoped or planned—that was true after the first game against Sporting Kansas City, and it was even more true after the best-not-dwell loss to New York City FC last weekend.
Let's dispose of the NYCFC game as quickly as possible
Well that was another poor performance from D.C. United, but the guys from Filibuster are here to talk you through it. We talk about the game against New York City FC and start with some praise for Ian Harkes before diving into everything that went wrong.
Earlier in the week, you got Jason and Adam, and for your Friday episode of Filibuster you get Jason and Ben! The two first talk about D.C. United's 3-0 victory over the Columbus Crew SC, and we first talk about the excellent play of D.C. United's two center backs.
We're down to five undefeated teams in Major League Soccer after Week 3.
The Portland Timbersleads the pack after picking up the club'sthird win of the season on Saturday over previously-perfect Houston Dynamo. FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City picked up wins at home to also remain without a loss out West.
New England Revolution forward Kei Kamara was itching to score against the team that jettisoned him in May coming off of an MVP finalist season in 2015.
After working hard and coming up empty all game, Kamara pounced in the 71st minute when Revs teammate Teal Bunbury went down in the box and the Columbus Crew defense gave up on the play, allowing their former teammate to swoop in and cap off a 3-1 Revolution home win.
Chris Pontius named MLS Player of the Week, while three other Union players named to the MLS Team of the Week.
After the Union's 3-2 victory over Columbus Crew SC, which saw the Philadelphia Union tie their longest undefeated streak in team history, MLS named midfielders Chris Pontius, Vincent Nogueira and defender Keegan Rosenberry to the MLS Team of the Week.
The Columbus Crew lost one of the league's best forwards. The New England Revolutionpicked him up.
Both teams believe that they will be better off because of it.
The Crew and Revolution announced a trade on Thursday morning that sent Designated Player Kei Kamara from Columbus to New England in exchange for General Allocation Money, Targeted Allocation Money, a first-round draft pick in 2017, a second-round draft pick in 2018, an international roster spot, and a percentage of any future transfer fee.
You voted, here are the top Dynamo performances against Crew SC
In our 2nd week of Rate the Players we saw the same few players in the Top Performers category, but most players moved upwards compared to their week 1 scores as a better score should do that. I also added in my thoughts and the score of the head coach which was suggested by catalyst13.
Stefan Frei, Osvaldo Alonso and Clint Dempsey all among questionable players that start.
There are only two less-than-ideal starters in Saturday's lineup against the Columbus Crew SC. Gustav Svensson is filling in for the still-injured Brad Evans and Will Bruin is in for Jordan Morris, who is out with a minor ankle sprain described as not "serious or long-term.
With Alex Lima and Tyler Deric suspended, how do you want to see the Houston Dynamo lineup to take on Real Salt Lake?
The new-look Houston Dynamo that Owen Coyle wanted to feature last week never had a chance to shine given goalkeeper Tyler Deric's red card early in the match which forced the team to sit back and absorb pressure from Columbus Crew SC.
The match between the Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew SC could go down as one of the most uneventful and, to be completely honest, boring contests in MLS regular season history. After an 18th-minute red card to Tyler Deric set the Dynamo down a man—with Kei Kamara scoring the ensuing penalty-kick—the Crew kicked the ball around for 75 minutes while Houston sat and watched.
How the Dynamo can earn three points against the Columbus Crew.
Judging from recent comments on this site, not many fans have a lot of hope for the Houston Dynamo this season. I can agree that they have plenty of hard-to-solve problems, but I'm not so sure if I'm ready to hit the panic button yet.
Who do you want to see in the starting XI for the Dynamo?
The Houston Dynamo are coming off a humiliating 4-1 loss to the LA Galaxy in a game where the Dynamo led by 1 inside the first minute, but had the Galaxy capitalize on defensive and midfield errors. The Dynamo will face off against Columbus Crew SC, the reigning runners-up to the MLS Cup currently sitting in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, and are hoping to turn their defensive woes around.
Let's take a break from all the Copa and Euro excitement and get back to the Philadelphia Union, reviewing their last three matches.
The games came fast and furious before the league's Copa America break, and the Philadelphia Union handled the stretch without defeat. A wild 2-2 draw down against Orlando City, followed up with a dramatic finish with the best team in the league the Colorado Rapids, and then a fun 3-2 win at home against the crumbling Columbus Crew SC.
The Philadelphia Union's Sporting Director had quite a bit to say about the pitch prior to the match against Columbus Crew SC.
Before the match between the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew SC kicked off, social media was abuzz with CBS3's Kevin Kinkead and CSN Philly's Dave Zeitlin tweeting out quotes from Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart about the pitch conditions.
Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin revealed a bit in his weekly press conference pertaining to Wednesday's match with Columbus Crew SC.
In his weekly press conference, Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin shed some light on some looming questions Union fans had, such as the fitness of Joshua Yaro and Vincent Nogueira and who would be starting in place of Andre Blake.
John McCarthy and Matt Jones have both been toiling away with Bethlehem Steel FC, and now the Philadelphia Union will need one of the men to step up. Who gets the nod?
With Andre Blake having played his final match for the Philadelphia Union before the Copa America Centenario, Jim Curtin is left with a difficult decision - who replaces the irreplaceable Blake in goal against Columbus Crew SC?
We take a look back at what went right and what went wrong for the Philadelphia Union in the month of March
Nobody saw this start coming. When the schedule was first announced, Philadelphia Union fans thought it might not be until April that the Union would get their first win, with games against powerhouse FC Dallas, the Eastern Conference defending champions Columbus Crew SC, and I-95 rival New England Revolution.
Who had the better performance: Chris Pontius or Andre Blake? The offense vs. defense debate rages on.
The Brotherly Game staffers selected Chris Pontius at this week's Philadelphia Union MVP, but the fans have dissented and for the second straight week have selected Andre Blake as the best in the Blue and Gold.
Lee Nguyen is glad to have Kei Kamara on his team.
It's been quite the week for Kei Kamara.
On Tuesday, rumors emerged that the forward could leave Columbus Crew SC. Two days later, the rumors became reality when Kamara was traded to the New England Revolution. The former MLS MVP candidate then arrived in Foxborough on Friday before starting against the Chicago Fire on Saturday.
Kei Kamara channels Charlie Puth while saying goodbye to Columbus Crew SC.
Kei Kamara has quite a personality and if you don't believe me then take a look at his greatest celebrations. With this in mind, it only makes sense that Kamara would do something creative while saying goodbye to Columbus Crew SC.
If you want a glimpse into what Revolution coach Jay Heaps has in store for the start of the regular season, Saturday's Desert Diamond Cup final should serve asan accurate preview of coming attractions.
Following Wednesday's 2-1 Round Three win over the Dynamo, Heaps told the media that Saturday's preseason finale against Columbus Crew will bear a close resemblance to regular season farein terms of preparation and personnel.