The Portland Timbers come into today's match against the LA Galaxy riding high on the back of their big season opening win last week, but they will need to dig deep to sustain their momentum if they want to officially put their road woes in the past and get a win in Carson. Getting points at the StubHub Center will be made all the more difficult by a spate of injuries to the Timbers' back line, with Vytas out and both Liam Ridgewell and Powell questionable coming into today's match.
The Portland Timbers return to the StubHub Center tonight to take on the LA Galaxy for the first time since the 5-2 win that marked their surge into the 2015 playoffs. With a number of injuries in their attack, the Galaxy are ripe for the plucking if the Timbers can manage to get their malfunctioning attack and injury-hit defense on the same page for a complete performance.
Will the third time against the Galaxy in the MLS Cup final prove to be the charm for the Revolution? We asked our writers to give their predictions on Sunday's championship showdown at the StubHub Center.
Julian Cardillo: The Galaxy may have the home field advantage, more players in the "Best XI," and better performing offense, but the Revolution far and away have the better midfield.
I will start this piece by stating that the term must-win game is one of the most oft-used clichés in sports, but there are times, especially late in the season, where it is appropriate and I feel like Saturday's game with the Vancouver Whitecaps is such an occasion for FC Dallas.
FCD fans see the club's recent two-game dip as nothing more than a blip on the radar, but should Dallas not be able to come away with the full three points on Saturday, something they've done in each of the previous four times Vancouver has visited Toyota Stadium, then that will be a sure sign that Dallas' recent two-game losing streak could be the start of a bigger swoon.
The Portland Timbers have not lost a match in more than three months.
Let that one sink in for a bit.
Over a stretch of 16 matches in all competitions, including 14 matches in MLS play, the Timbers have either won or tied, and while the results might not have impressed everybody given the number of draws among the results, Portland's past week has helped silence any questions about their quality.
The Los Angeles Galaxy got a new sponsor for its decade-old stadium, but it was a former player that made headlines on Wednesday.
The Galaxy played its first game at the newly named Stubhub Center against a strong Portland Timbers side on Wednesday night. Defensively, LA managed to neutralize the Timbers attack for most of the night, but the Timbers got big performances from its keeper and former Galaxy player, Donovan Ricketts, who made five saves, as well as its Center Back tandem of Pa-Modou Kah and Andrew Jean-Baptiste, who were key in Wednesday's 0-0 draw.
A pair of mid-week matches kick off MLS Week 21, including a match that could signal Carlos Bocanegra's return to Major League Soccer.
Bocanegra and Chivas USA take on Toronto FC tonight at StubHub Center, and while it is unclear whether Bocanegra will start, he is available for the match, and therefore could make his debut for the Goats.
Chivas USA fared a lot better this time in its second match under manager Jose Luis Real on Saturday night against the New England Revolution. The Goats had a lead to work with for the first time in two months and were in position to win its first match in three months, a 3-1 decision against Vancouver back on March 30.
CARSON, California — The U.S. Men's National team will look to make it 2-0 to cap off a successful January camp with a victory against Canada tonight at StubHub Center (10:30pm, Fox Sports 1).
Jordan Morris is in the starting lineup tonight, partnering with Jozy Altidore in a 4-4-2 formation, while San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham earns the start in what will be his first national team appearance.
We have full player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 0 victory over Chivas USA. There are ratings for the entire team and coaches in addition to an individual rating for every Timbers player that appeared in the match.