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Is Toronto’s season turning into another soap-opera?
Four defeats from their opening five games is hardly the start Toronto’s front office would have expected after their heavy investment in Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco in the off-season and already there are rumours surrounding the future of head coach Greg Vanney.
Of course MLS, with its regular season offering generous time to bounce back in time for the playoffs, isn’t a league where owners tend to press canada goose coat 0f the panic button six games into a season. DC United’s Ben Olsen famously kept his job after winning just three games in the entire 2013 season and coaches are given time to let their teams’ develop. But, then again, this is Toronto FC we are talking about.
The club was best place to buy a canada goose jacket in toronto quick to pour cold water on the suggestions that they are looking to replace Vanney with a coach from Italy and in his and the team’s defence it is worth remembering that the team have the strange challenge of playing all their opening seven games canada goose coat – hybridge lite on the road until best mens canada goose jacket their newly refurbished stadium is ready for the home opener against Houston on 10 May.
Losing players to red cards and international duty hasn’t helped either but nonetheless the authorized canada goose outlet early signs of trouble are there. TFC have conceded six goals in their last two outings and have lost four straight since their opening day win at Vancouver. The back four looks shaky and the team has yet to truly gel.
On Sunday, Michael Bradley and co face a tricky test at Orlando City in a game which will, display the most expensive collection of players ever seen on one MLS field – with Giovinco and Orlando’s Kaka both on more than $7m a year and Bradley and Altidore not far behind in the salary stakes.
Defeat in central Florida shouldn’t, if local media reports are to be believed, mean an early end to Vanney’s reign, but it will certainly piled up the pressure ahead of a 2 May trip to Philadelphia. Defeat against Orlando and the Union, six losses out of seven before the club’s stadium relaunch, would surely cause some serious thinking amongst owners Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.
Just how good are the Red Bulls?
After all the trauma of the buy canada goose coat online off-season, the loss of Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, the firing of popular coach Mike Petke and the angry reaction from their fans, it is a surprise to see the New York Red Bulls sitting atop the Eastern Conference as the only unbeaten team in the league.
There is no better way to test how good Jesse Marsch’s team really are though than to put them up against the reigning league champions and to help the experiment, the Galaxy have shrugged off their poor start to the season with back-to-back wins erasing the memory of their four game winless run.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a rivalry,” said Galaxy forward Alan Gordon, “Maybe just an East Coast-West Coast, stick-the-chest-out type of thing. We both want to feel like we’re the dominant club in the league. It’s a classic battle and one we’re looking forward to.”
To add extra spice to the game, this is the only time the two clubs will meet during the regular season.
‘Tifos’ and Nigerian strikers on show in Seattle
No game makes MLS look and sound like a authentic canada goose outlet big European game than the meeting of Portland and Seattle – even if it is Vancouver who are Cascadia’s top team of the moment, canada goose coat 1000 bulbs led leading the Western Conference with five wins.
Fox Sports has chosen this fixture for their Soccer Sunday slot and whatever the merits of the two teams, there is little doubt their motivation for traveling to Washington State is to showcase the unique atmosphere.
Expect giant outlet ‘tifos’ and strong ‘set list’ of chants from both sets of supporters in what is without doubt the strongest felt and most authentic rivalry in the league. These two clubs have played each other in the NASL, Western Soccer League, APSL, A-League and the USL.
On the field, keep an eye on two Nigerians – Obafemi Martins in the Sounders attack has four goals already this season while Fanendo Adi has three for the Timbers.
Can New York City stop their slide?
It all started so brightly for NYCFC with their draw on the road at Orlando and win in their home debut at Yankee Stadium against New England Revolution suggesting that Jason Kreis’s team might be playoff contenders in their first season in the league. They still might but their five games since then have seen three defeats and two draws, a run of form they need to snap out of quickly.
In contrast, Chicago started the season with three straight defeats and looked early contenders for the Eastern Conference’s wooden spoon but Frank Yallop’s team have won their last two games in some style although a 20-day break from action may have disrupted their momentum.
City have fitness doubts over their two main creative, attacking threats in David Villa and Mix Diskerud. Without them authentic canada goose outlet online it could be a tough test at Toyota Park.
Was Rapids win over Dallas a fluke?
One of the most surprising results of the season so far was Colorado’s 4-0 win over FC Dallas two week ago. The Rapids hadn’t scored all season and hadn’t won in 18 games before that rout in Frisco. Dallas were early season pacesetters. The form book counted for nothing.
A week later, Dallas bounced back with a 3-2 win over Toronto while the Rapids went back to losing with a 3-1 home defeat to Seattle.
So was it a fluke? MLS’s schedulers have kindly provided a quick rematch so that we can find out.