Making four changes from the team that lost on the weekend against the San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City ended their three game losing streak getting a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place last night. Peter Vermes inserted Connor Hallisey, Diego Rubio, and Jimmy Medranda up top while Alec Kann replaced Tim Melia in net.
The Swope Park Rangers dropped their second game of the season and second game in a row, dropping a 2-1 result against the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 at the Swope Soccer Village. The Rangers first game at their home didn't go to plan for the Rangers and head coach Marc Dos Santos.
Things started very well for the Rangers as they were able to grab the lead in just the 14th minute.
Sporting Kansas City continue their West Coast road trip tomorrow with a game up in Canada against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place. The pair has already met once this year with Kansas City winning the first match up 2-1 at Children's Mercy Park back in March.
The Whitecaps come into the game after a very productive win on the weekend, defeating FC Dallas 3-0 thanks to an own goal, Jordan Harvey, and Kekuta Manneh.
The Swiss midfielder was instrumental in the Philadelphia Union's victory over New York City FC.
Philadelphia Union midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta has been named to Major League Soccer's Team of the Week for Week 8. The Swiss midfielder had an assist and was instrumental in Philadelphia's 2-0 win over rivals New York City FC on Saturday, propelling the blue and gold into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Before this past weekend's action, two sides were unbeaten in MLS play. Only one remains now: Real Salt Lake.
RSL toppled the Colorado Rapids to remain unbeaten through five games an impressive mark to start the campaign. Orlando City, which remained unblemished heading into Week 5, wasn't so lucky as a Tranquillo Barnetta free kick sealed a late victory for the Philadelphia Union.
Scott Caldwell is being recognized as one of the most underrated players in MLS.
MLSSoccer.com recently released an article trying tto pinpoint the league's most underrated player. Vancouver Whitecaps' Steven Beitashour and Orlando City's Cristian Higuita were nominated, as was the New England Revolution's Scott Caldwell.
VWFC was poor, it has to be said, but let's not dismiss the value of this game for the Black-and-Red
After a frustrating start to the season, D.C. United broke out over the weekend by steamrolling the Vancouver Whitecaps at RFK Stadium. The 4-0 win saw them score more goals over 90 minutes than they'd managed in their opening 5 MLS matches.
We talk to a friend north of the border to preview D.C. United's upcoming match against Toronto FC
Filibuster is back for your ears and is good for your mind. Adam, Jason, and Ben are back and are here to review D.C. United's 4-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. We discuss whether or not they were any good, and then get into D.
Seeing D.C. United beat, and beat up on the Vancouver Whitecaps with a 4-0 win was something nobody could have expected, but we'll gladly take those types of results as a Silkwood-like shower to rinse off the stank of the winless run that lasted since last October.
We rate player performances so you don't have to. But you can if you want.
D.C. United came into Saturday's game with the Vancouver Whitecaps on a rough week: a member of the District Ultras had been banned for setting off a smoke device, and hours before kickoff it was learned one of its owners is part of a group that will be buying Premier League side Swansea City.
Needing a victory to right the course, United outplayed Vancouver for 90 minutes, with Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio both supplying two goals
Five weeks into the 2016 season, D.C. United was one of two winless teams in MLS. Three draws had provided several bright moments for the Black-and-Red, but they were sandwiched around two heavy losses.
WASHINGTON—For Fabian Espindola and D.C. United, it's great to be home.
A two-goal showing by Fabian Espindola—coupled with a late insurance brace by Alvaro Saborio—gave D.C. United a 4-0 victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. The win is the D.C. United's first of the season.
Two goals from Fabian Espindola, two goals from Alvaro Saborio, two assists from Luciano Acota.
D.C. United's stuttering start to the 2016 season came to a screeching halt on Saturday afternoon, as the Black-and-Red stormed past the Vancouver Whitecaps in a 4-0 win. Goals on either side of the half from Fabian Espindola had United in a good position to win their first game of the season, before Luciano Acosta assisted twice for Alvaro Saborio late in the game.
Facing a short-handed VWFC, it's high time the Black-and-Red got themselves into the win column
For the third week running, D.C. United will face an opponent missing important starters. The Vancouver Whitecaps will arrive at RFK Stadium without Pedro Morales and Matias Laba, two players who have the potential to make MLS's Best 11.
For the Black-and-Red, the flanks will be a huge point of emphasis for multiple reasons tonight
For D.C. United, it's an interesting moment to be playing the Vancouver Whitecaps. They're missing two key starters, and they aren't scoring goals from open play. However, United has very recently played a short-handed team that shares some broad similarities with Vancouver, and that ended in a rout.
A normally predictable Whitecaps side has, for a variety of reasons, become a bit of a wild card.
Normally D.C. United's opponent today, the Vancouver Whitecaps, poses few real questions in terms of their lineup. Carl Robinson has mostly set his team up in a 4231, and only one or two positions were ever really in flux.
The Black-and-Red will be hunting their first win of 2016 against a Whitecaps side missing two key midfielders
Last week's road draw still feels like a very mixed bag for D.C. United. They showed far more nerve and intelligence in San Jose than they did when they more or less handed FC Dallas a rout in their previous game.
The defensive midfielder had a "near perfect night," according to Revolution coach Jay Heaps.
Gershon Koffie had himself quite a week.
Koffie returned to the field on Saturday after serving a one-game suspension. The midfielder was sensational over 90 minutes against Toronto FC, as he made six interceptions and took two shots while maintaining 92% passing accuracy.
Gershon Koffie needs to avoid cards and two other thoughts.
The New England Revolution tied Toronto FC 1-1 on Saturday afternoon. As has become the costume, refereeing consumed most post-game discussions. There were, however, other things to talk about. Let's take a look:
The draw didn't cover up any poor play. Poor play still existed, but poor play can get points in MLS.
Chad Marshall's goal was a wonderful moment. With it the Seattle Sounders are now on a loss-less streak, undefeated in two games. But there are a few problems that are as evident today as they were prior to game, maybe even more so.
We spoke with Dave Clark at Sounder at Heart to talk about Seattle's early season struggles and how they'll respond in Houston
The Houston Dynamo are ready to respond to a disappointing road loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps that was decided by a soft penalty kick call. Despite the penalty call being the difference in the 1-0 defeat, the Dynamo offense lacked potency.
With players returning from injury there are plenty of options for the starting XI. Who do you want to see start?
The Houston Dynamo are hoping to rebound at home following a disappointing 1-0 defeat against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The game was separated by a dubious penalty kick call, but the potent Dynamo offense that had defined the season up to the game was nowhere to be found in Vancouver.
This edition of Dynamo Film Session analyzes how a huge defensive error allowed Masato Kudo to have a one-on-one opportunity.
The Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps matchup was expected by many to be a thrilling goal-fest. After all, the Dynamo appeared to be very good at creating those types of games, at least judging from their first three matches.
We ask our Canadian counterparts some things about their friends/our foes.
Ahead of today's game where D.C. United hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps, we spoke with Bartosz Wysocki, from the Whitecaps' SB Nation home Eighty Six Forever, for some quick thoughts about the 'Caps so far this year:
Black and Red United: We know that Pedro Morales and Matias Laba didn't make the trip, and we assume that DCU alum Andrew Jacobson will probably occupy one of those spots in central midfield.
The Portland Timbers' USL side, Portland Timbers 2, will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 tonight at Merlo Field in their home opener after playing away at Swope Park Rangers to kick off the 2016 season last weekend. With a side full of promising youngsters and youth internationals, most of whom are still new to the Timbers' system, T2 will be an interesting experiment in its second year of existence.
Episode Two is out and available for your hungry ears to consume. This time around we have a link to the PTFCollective site, a link to iTunes, and the episode is embedded below for your listening convenience.
In this episode, Kevin and Josh talk about T2's first match in Kansas City against Swope Park Rangers.