With the season in full swing, what are five major questions heading into Week 6 of Major League Soccer?
Who is the better recent expansion side: Atlanta or LAFC?
The past two seasons of Major League Soccer has seen three fantastic expansion teams join the league. Each team has brought its very own unique spin on soccer to the United States and the country is much better for it, but out of the three newest teams (Minnesota United, Atlanta, and LAFC), which one is the best on the field? Fans have the chance to see this question answered this weekend as Atlanta United is set to host LAFC. At the current moment, Atlanta has the slight edge over Minnesota with two wins and loss; Minnesota is vice versa. With Atlanta, the current leader, a win against LAFC would “irrationally” crown them as the best recent expansion side.
How long will FC Dallas remain undefeated?
It has been somewhat of a relaxed season for FC Dallas. Their calm schedule is the result of being knocked out early in the CONCACAF league. Nevertheless, I’m sure the team is enjoying the off time, but this relaxed schedule does bring its worries. At some point this season, Dallas will have to make up these games. Now, they sit two games behind. That is not that big of a deal, but it still brings up a cramped schedule in the future. For now, they must worry about what is in front of them, and that is the Colorado Rapids. Dallas will get to play at home, once again, this Saturday against the Rapids. The Rapids, much like Dallas, has played three games this season. They currently boast a 1-1-1 record and retain four points, one less than Dallas. It should be a well-fought game but the additional rest along with home field advantage should give Dallas the boast to win the game and continue their unbeaten run.
When will the Columbus Crew’s mood go sour?
On the field, the mood in Columbus is at a high. The Crew currently sit second in the Eastern Conference with 10 points and boast a goal differential of +4. Even with their impending doom of being shipped down South to Austin, Texas, the team is still giving it their all for the city of Columbus. It would be a storybook ending if Columbus could grab a trophy this season, but the season is still too young to tell. They will have the chance to continue their good season this weekend against the Chicago Fire, who currently is the worst team in the Eastern Conference. The Fire has had a rough go at it this season and their future looks bleak. Following the comments their head coach made last weekend, it does not look good. Columbus will surely pounce on the situation this Saturday and grab all three points.
What will Round 2 of Zlatan look like?
The introduction of Zlatan Ibrahimović to Major League Soccer was explosive. The entire world ate up his debut as he scored a terrific brace against LAFC to win the Los Angeles Galaxy the first ever round of “El Trafico.” The Swedish striker scored two goals off of the bench, so what can he do with a full 90 minutes? Will Zlatan end up like a Didier Drogba or a David Villa? Will he play on-and-off or will he contest for the MVP trophy year after year? Only time will tell.
When will the Timbers win their first game?
The 2018 MLS season has not gone to plan for the Portland Timbers. In their first four games of the season, they have boasted a 0-2-2 record. Although this seems like a poor run of form, it is not the end of the world for the team. To kick off their season, the Timbers have played four matches away from home and will play their fifth in a row this weekend. Their string of road games will come to an end on the 14th of April. With that knowledge, perhaps, the Timbers winless streak will come to an end very soon.