Will the Timbers tumble again?
The 2018 season has not been too kind to the Portland Timbers. Having suffered the loss of their championship-winning coach Caleb Porter and their star midfielder Darlington Nagbe in the offseason, it appears the Timbers have struggled to find adequate replacements. With the arrival of former New York Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese, many critics believed that Portland would not miss a beat. Now, two games into the season, the Timbers are the worst team in the league with a 0-2 record and a -5-goal differential. Following their most recent loss to the New York Red Bulls on March 10th, the Timbers have enjoyed a two-week hiatus. Their next match is this Saturday against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Can the Timbers fight for a point away or will their nightmare in 2018 live on?
Who will win the North London Derby – in America?
The buried lede of this weekend’s match between NYCFC and the New England Revolution is that American fans will get a small taste of the Premier League’s fiercest rivalry: The North London Derby. Arsenal FC will be represented by former midfielder Patrick Viera, the current coach of NYCFC, and Tottenham Hotspur will be represented by current New England Revolution head coach Brad Friedel. NYCFC has the upper hand as they have won all three of their games this season, but the Revolution do have home field advantage. So, who will win the rivalry: the gunners or spurs?
Zlatan or not, can the Galaxy do it on their own?
The entirety of the United States has been engulfed by Zlatan Ibrahimović transfer news – and with good reason. The former Barcelona, Juventus, and Manchester United striker has elected to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy and the whole country could not be happier. The Galaxy is already a star-studded team with amazing attacking players but lacks greatly in the back. Their defense has been woeful as of late and a star striker might not do the trick. The Galaxy have gone 1-1 this season and currently sit outside of the playoffs. Perhaps, the big man up top can ensure offense dominance, but the defense still brings worries. Nevertheless, Zlatan is not ready to play yet. Can the Galaxy go one more game with the Swedish striker?
Can Minnesota keep it up?
This time last year, everyone had already written off Minnesota United. The club lacked excitement and skill and lost week in, week out. Now, in the second season, they have kicked off their year the right way. Winning two of their first three matches, the Loons sit second in the Western Conference. With news hinting that the club is in talks to acquire a veteran Liga MX striker from Club America, Minnesota United’s season might get a whole lot better.
Is Roland Lamah the real deal?
Roland Lamah always felt like a weird signing for FC Dallas. A former Premier League winger and Belgian International applying his trade in MLS before hitting thirty just felt odd. Nevertheless, we are happy that he is here. When he first arrived, it was hard to know what he could offer. There was always that gap that Fabian Castillo and Jackson had left out wide following their departures some years ago but now it seems it seems to have been filled by Lamah. The 30-year-old is a massive attacking threat and is prone to just going off in games. Out of nowhere, he will put three goals in the back of the net and give Dallas an easy win. But some games, he is non-existent. Lamah has the chance at becoming one of the league’s best players, but will he be able to make the next leap in his career?