Just one week after scoring a game-winner against the Vancouver Whitecaps, it looked like Robbie Keane could repeat the feat once again but alas, his Los Angeles Galaxy had to settle for a 2-2 draw Saturday in Vancouver.
With the score tied at one, Keane gave the Galaxy the lead in the 77th minute, giving Whitecaps supporters feelings of deja vu from last week's matchup.
A trio of key Eastern Conference clashes kick off the day's proceedings as MLS Week Seven features a full slate of nine matches on the day before Easter.
The Philadelphia Union and Houston Dynamo are two teams struggling as they face off at PPL Park. Both teams got off to promising starts to the season, but they each have slumped since and will be desperate for a win today.
New England Soccer Today photographers Chris Aduama (aduamaphotography.com) and Kari Heistad (capturedimages.biz)bring you the images from Saturday's home opener between the Revolution and the Whitecaps. Click to view slideshow.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€“ At some point, the Revolution offense will score. And score. And score again. After all, even the dreadful 2010 D.C. United â€“ which set the standard for offensive futility found the back of the net 21 times.
But even though the Revolution know that the goals will eventually arrive, they couldn't help but be frustrated following another attacking shutout, Saturday's 0-0 draw to the Vancouver Whitecaps the most recent.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€” The New England Revolution's scoreless streak to start their 2014 season continues after a draw Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the only regular season meeting between the two clubs.
"In the end, I was really happy how we played defensively," Revolution head coach Jay Heaps said after the game.
Omar Salgado's search for playing time will take him to Charleston.
The Vancouver Whitecaps announced on Friday thatthey've sent the former No. 1 overall pick on-loan to the Charleston Batteryof USL Pro. Salgado's loan move is subject to the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
After the Vancouver Whitecaps' impressive season opener, the team learned just how difficult it is to play on the road.
Playing in unseasonably hot temperatures in Southern California, the Whitecaps were only able to muster a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA on Sunday at the StubHub Center, despite playing with a man-advantage for more than 75 minutes.
Ok, so the 2014 Major League Soccer season is underway! That would be the only good thing about Saturday's events, if you're a NY Red Bulls fan. Our beloved Bulls traveled to Vancouver, to face a rejuvenated Whitecaps team (now managed by former RBNY midfielder Carl Robinson), just totally started off the season on the wrong foot.
It's hard to imagine a better start to the 2014 MLS season for the Vancouver Whitecaps, as a 4-1 thrashing of 2013 Supporters Shield winners New York Red Bulls has earned the Whitecaps honors as this season's first SBI MLS Team of the Week.
The Whitecaps completely outclassed the opposition behind a brace from Kenny Miller.
In front of a sellout crowd of 21,000 fans at BC Place, Vancouver Whitecaps FC crushed the visiting New York Red Bulls 4-1 in a thrilling offensive onslaught by the home side.
A brace by striker Kenny Miller and second-half goals by Sebastian Fernandez and Pedro Morales gave Carl Robinson his first win as the Whitecaps coach and kept Vancouver unbeaten in season openers since they joined MLS in 2011.
A look at the West, for those of us from the East (image: logoinspirations.com)
New OTF contributor Cory Jensen brings you a detailed look at the teams we in Fireland only have the pleasure of meeting once a year...
In all reality, Major League Soccer's eastern conference has garnered all the preseason attention with Michael Bradley, Jermaine Defoe, DC United's reconstruction, and the impending introduction of NYCFC.
You just can't get enough of MLS savant Stephen Mangat's .gif parade, can you?
MLS First Kick is right around the corner, so let's do it West Coast stylee...
San Jose Earthquakes
The Earthquakes are like this year's Barcelona (first time anyone has ever said that, I'm betting) still capable of hitting the heights of prior years, but not with the same consistency when the team was at its peak.
PORTLAND, Ore.-The Rose City Invitational wrapped up Saturday at Providence Park with the San Jose Earthquakes earning a victory and the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps playing to a hard-fought draw.
The Vancouver Whitecaps had a relatively quiet off-season in terms of additions this winter, but the past week has seen the club make some serious moves that have increased the reason for optimism for the club which was forced into selling a Golden Boot winner.
Midfielder Daigo Kobayashi becomes the latest Vancouver Whitecaps player to join the New England Revolution from the Canadian club in the last two years, joining Lee Nguyen and Brad Knighton in Foxborough.
Despite the meteoric rise of FC Dallas, their home-state rivals remain on top of the B&RU Power Rankings. We D.C. United fans have been burned too many times by Dominic Kinnear and the Houston Dynamo to ever underestimate them; the fact that they are undefeated after two games leads me to worry that they may have finally figured out this whole "regular season.
With the MLS season about to start, we take a look at those who have left us.
Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas)
Jacobson has been a starter under Schellas Hyndman for the past three years, but he appears to be the odd man out in Manager Oscar Pareja's 4-3-3. Following Hyndman's departure this Winter, FC Dallas poached Pareja from the Rapids.
In part two of our 2014 season preview, we take a closer look at the eight teams that currently share the Western Conference with the Portland Timbers. Portland ended up finishing 2013 on top of the standings, but they'll have plenty of competition for the that level this season. Real Salt Lake advanced to MLS Cup but they'll need to adjust to a new coach, Los Angeles, FC Dallas and San Jose return their main core of players, while Seattle underwent a bit of an overhaul in their locker room while there still isn't a coach in charge of Colorado.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Part of the defensive solidarity seen in the New England Revolution's scoreless tie against the Vancouver Whitecaps came with the return of the team's captain Jose Goncalves, who was left off the game day roster in last weekend's 1-0 loss in Philadelphia to the Union.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€“ Two of the newest additions to the New England Revolution's roster were reunited with former teammates in the 2014 home opener against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday afternoon.
Goalkeeper Brad Knighton spent the 2012 and 2013 season as a member of the Whitecaps, while central midfielder Daigo Kobayashi made his MLS debut for Saturday's visitors last year.
The New England Revolution (0-0-2, 0 points) will hope to record their first points of the season when they welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps (1-0-1, four points) at Gillette Stadium on Saturday for their home opener at 2:00 pm.
The Revs have struggled in the early part of the season so far.
For the second straight week, the Revolution will greet another opponent coming off a result that left them wanting for more in the Vancouver Whitecaps, who'll grace the pitch at Gillette Stadium for the first time since 2012.
The game kicks off at 2:00 p.m., and will be televised locally by Comcast SportsNet New England.
New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke has every right to be frustrated.
The 2013 Supporters Shield champions were battered 4-1 in their opening matchup with the Vancouver Whitecaps. They followed that performance with a generally dominant effort against a young Colorado Rapids side, only to have a questionable penalty call cause them to walk away with just one point.
The New York Red Bulls have had a rough start to their 2014 season.
It began with a 4-1 beating from the Vancouver Whitecaps in a game in which the Red Bulls never looked like they had a chance. The second game of the season saw a young Colorado Rapids side steal a point at Red Bull Arena.
Tomorrow, to be exact. The Red Bulls start the season off @Vancouver (7:30pm ET, MSG2) looking to finally challenge for an MLS Cup. They'll probably be without Henry and Olave, who don't take kindly to turf. They'll also start the season sans a GM, and in the midst of a referee lockout, but that's neither here nor there.
CARSON, Calif. The Vancouver Whitecaps do not love LA. In three years in MLS, and four visits to the Stub Hub Center, the men from British Columbia have never won or tied. They've only found the back of the net once, while conceding 10 goals all time in Los Angeles.
The Portland Timbers played their final exhibition match for 2014 to finish up the Rose City Invitational tournament, facing off against their long time rivals from the North, the Vancouver Whitecaps. While the Timbers were able to strike early courtesy of a Will Johnson free kick, they couldn't hold the lead as Vancouver's Sebastian Fernandez tied the score on a penalty kick in the second half.