Can the Loons attack thrive without Kevin Molino? That, and four other headlines to track.
The Revolution and Minnesota United have both endured a lackluster start to the 2017 season. The Loons conceded 13 goals in its first three outings, but earned a result against the Colorado Rapids, one of the league's premier clubs, last weekend.
The season is about to begin for the Portland Timbers, so it behooves us to take a look at their opposition for 2017. On Tuesday we went over the East, now it is time to look a little closer to home with a quick rundown of the Western Conference.
Home on March 3rd, Away on June 21st
Finish last year: N/A
Former Timbers: Jermaine Taylor, Miguel Ibarra (drafted but not signed)
Players to Watch: Kevin Molino is the fulcrum of the Minnesota attack.
On a day when Atlanta United dominated the MLS news cycle, its expansion cousin Minnesota United reportedly made a huge splash.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Minnesota will acquire winger Kevin Molino and goalkeeper Patrick McLean from Orlando City in exchange for $450,000 in general allocation money and $200,000 in targeted allocation money.
The New England Revolution and the Orlando City SC drew 2-2 draw in front of a season high crowd of 25,203 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.
Diego Fagundez opened the scoring for New England in the 7th minute, but Orlando City's Kevin Molino equalized in the 30th minute. Juan Agudelo put the Revolution back in front just one minute after entering the match as a substitute in the 70th minute.
Poor refereeing? Totally legal goals? Or somewhere in between?
The Philadelphia Union just wrapped up a 2-2 draw with Orlando City SC after a thrilling second half, but multiple controversies will certainly dominate discussion for the next few days. After Kaka scuffed a (deserved) penalty in the first half, Orlando managed to find the scoresheet twice thanks, in part, to some questionable refereeing.
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The Portland Timbers were hoping to establish positive momentum at home and they were presented with a unique challenge - Orlando City - one of the two newest teams in MLS for 2015. While relatively new, Orlando City used experienced players, an attacking, physical style of play and hesitancy from the Timbers at key points to stake out a first half lead.
Just going to tell you this right now, the goal from Luis Silva that gave D.C. United the win over Orlando City SC is at the bottom of the page. Got it? Bottom. So scroll there. Or look at some of the other things from the game.
We'll start things off with the Bill Hamid save on Kevin Molino from close range.
The USL Pro announced the league's top 22 players on Wednesday.
The Richmond Kickers led the 14-team league with three members of the First XI William Yomby, George Davis and Matthew Delicâte while championship finalist Sac Republic FC and future MLS expansion squad Orlando City both had two players apiece.
With the USL Pro Playoffs set to kickoff, theOrlando Citybegin their quest for their sixth USL Pro trophy in four years.
The Lions lifted their third USL Pro Commissioner's Cup trophy after their 1-0 win against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night, but they will hope their record-breaking year continues into the postseason.
Orlando City SC finished their finalUSL Pro regular season in style.
The Lions, who won the 2014 USL Pro regular season title last Wednesday, topped thethird-placed Richmond Kickers 1-0 Saturday. Midfielder Kevin Molino scored the lone goal, his 20th of the season, by headinga cross fromLuke Boden into the far right corner of the net in the 23rd minute.
Kevin Molino made Orlando City Soccer Club history when he agreed tobe the club's first Major League Soccer signing. Now he can now add the single-season USL Pro scoring record to his list of accomplishments.
Molino, who now surpasses Dom Dwyer and Jose Angulo, scored his record 16th goal of the season in the 51st minute against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night.
Orlando City SC's dream USL Pro season continues to shimmer.
Back-to-back road matches didn't mean much for Orlando City as they extended their unbeaten run to nine games after defeating the winless Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-0 on Friday, which continued with a 1-1 draw at Rochester Rhinos the following day.
After starting their first four-games of the season on the road, Oklahoma City Energy FC kick off their home season at Pribil Stadium, hosting the 2013 USL Pro champions Orlando City SC on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET.
The Energy currently sit in fifth place in the standings, after suffering their second defeat against FC Dallas' reserves during week four.
As we prepare for another double game week, Amish Rakefighters led this round with a score of 92 points. Captain Didier Drogba (MTL, $11.8) led the team with 32 points, aided by a goal and two assists, while his teammate, Ignacio Piatti ($10.
Goal scoring is the lifeblood of the game, and the 2015 USL season has consisted of a flurry of memorable tallies. The USL record books are being rewritten heavily in this department with three players who have set themselves apart in their run to hold the single-season goal-scoring record.
OKC Energy FC's Danni König (19 goals), Louisville City FC's Matt Fondy (18 goals) and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds' Rob Vincent (17 goals) represent the top tier of the goal scoring department and are within striking distance of the USL record of 20 goals scored by Orlando City SC's Kevin Molino during the 2014 season.