With week 1 in the bag, what will week 2 hold for us?
Can the Red Bulls cope with CONCACAF play?
Much like Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders, the New York Red Bulls won their first match of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. Unlike Toronto and the Sounders, the Red Bulls have an MLS game this weekend. However, you can’t feel completely bad for the Red Bulls and their loaded schedule. They did get Week 1 off for the tournament, but now the season is moving on to Week 2 and New York has to play an MLS game before schedule conflicts become annoying. Most likely, the Red Bulls will play a rotated squad against their weekend opponents the Portland Timbers, but the question remains: will the early clustered schedule cause MLS sides to tank quicker in the season?
Take 2 for LAFC – can they keep it up?
Los Angeles FC’s inaugural match against the Sounders was a resounding success. Bob Bradley notched the club their first win of the season and their trio of stars up front (Carlos Vela, Latif Blessing, and Diego Rossi) worked in perfect harmony. Although the win was laudable, it is pertinent to point out that L.A. played a depleted Seattle side. Due to the CONCACAF Champions League, the Sounders had to rotate their roster heavily ahead of their opening day match. In no way should this take away from LAFC’s first win, but it does put a damper on their earned three points. LAFC will have the chance to prove to the world that they can beat fully loaded teams this weekend against Real Salt Lake.
Dramatics aside – was Orlando’s draw last weekend a fluke?
Stefano Pinho’s last minute equalizer against D.C. United was magnificent. The former Miami FC striker scored at point-blank range to give his new side a point in their first match of the season. The game ended in terrific fashion but the time leading up to the goal was lackluster. The Lions did not appear cohesive and all of their newly signed stars from the offseason did not play particularly well. If Orlando wants a chance at the playoffs this year, they will have to put in better performances than last weekend’s. The Lions will return to the pitch this Saturday against former head coach Adrian Heath and Minnesota United.
Will Colorado’s reinforcements help the ship from sinking?
What do the New York Red Bulls, the Chicago Fire, and the Colorado Rapids all have in common? They have yet to play a match in the 2018 MLS season. The Colorado Rapids had a terrible season in 2017 and will look to better that this year with their new-found talent. The Rapids recruited heavily from the United Kingdom over the break, bringing in Scottish and Championship veterans. With these new additions, Colorado may have a chance at reclaiming a glimpse of their stellar 2016 season, but only time will tell.
Can Dallas get their offense going?
FC Dallas’ offensive performance in their season opener against Real Salt Lake left a lot to be desired. Their one and only goal that came in the 86th minute off of a Marcelo Silva own goal. Apart from that, Dallas’ offense was unable was unable to put the goal in Salt Lake’s net. Even with 18 shots and 5 on target, none could slip past MLS legend goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Now, with the weekend off, perhaps Dallas can better their finishing and prepare to take on the Seattle Sounders on March 18th.