Seven weeks down, plenty more to go. Here are five major questions heading into Week 8 of Major League Soccer.
CONCACAF or MLS for Toronto FC?
Having lost 2-1 at home to Chivas Guadalajara during the week, Toronto FC’s chances of winning the CONCACAF Champions League has diminished slightly. Although they have won big away, they will need all-hands-on-deck next week in the second and final leg of the championship. What this means is that Toronto will most likely have to throw away another MLS game by benching their starters over the weekend. They have already kicked off the season poorly and will now have to travel to Houston to play the Dynamo. The 2017 MLS champions currently sit second to last in the league and, most likely, that position will get worse following this weekend’s contest.
How long can FC Dallas keep the unbeaten streak alive?
Along with New York City FC, FC Dallas remains as one of the only two MLS teams without a loss. The season has been all well and fun, but how much longer will this positivity last for Dallas? The answer: most likely another week. Once again, Dallas is set to host an MLS team at Toyota Stadium. This week, they will be playing an underperforming Philadelphia Union team. The Union has struggled to score this season, currently boasting the second worst goals per game average in the league. In five matches, the team has only scored three. Put that into comparison with Dallas, who has the best defense in the league, and you have a recipe for success for FCD.
Old vs. New: Who will win the battle of the stars between Los Angeles and Atlanta?
There is no question that both the Los Angeles Galaxy and Atlanta United FC are the most exciting teams in Major League Soccer. Both teams are mixed with world renown stars that put fans in seats and viewers on the couch. In this early season, both teams have fared well, currently sitting second in their respective conferences. A win here this weekend could keep their ambitions alive for winning a conference trophy. The only odd point about the match is that it is no televised on a major syndicate. Very odd.
Is Seattle’s sluggish start over?
Following an electric draw against Sporting Kansas City last weekend, the Seattle Sounders have finally registered their first point of the season. Having lost their first three games of the season, perhaps, this is a wake-up call for the former MLS Champions. As injured and banned stars return to the roster, Seattle may have a chance to restart the season and push for playoff hopes. They have done this before. Their weekend opponent is Minnesota United, who after starting the season off hot, have now lost their last three.
How long with New York City FC’s reign last?
Standing atop the league is none other than New York City FC. Patrick Viera’s side is playing brilliantly at the moment as they put together a terrific 5-2-0 unbeaten record. This all may come to end though as speculation of Viera leaving has surfaced. For now, the rumor is just cannon-fodder but with the recent resignation of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, rumors have circulated suggesting the Frenchman’s’ move back to London. For now, NYCFC will continue to soar under their star boss, but how long will that last?