LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers | 2018 MLS Match Preview and Prediction

Major League Soccer: LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers

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LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers: Preview

Major League Soccer is back and what a way for LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers to start their campaigns. Sunday’s clash pits top versus bottom from last years Western Conference final standings. LA will want to turn their fortunes around after a terrible season and Sigi Schmid has been busy reshaping the squad after his appointment last July so they will expect to be challenging for silverware again as soon as possible.

LA Galaxy have recycled their attacking options for want of a better phrase. The headline trade saw Ola Kamara make his way south to LA and homegrown talent Gyasi Zardes going the opposite way to Columbus. Chris Pontius has also joined, coming in from Philadelphia Union to support Kamara.

A playoff spot is the bare minimum expected this year for LA, as they look to return to winning ways. As the most successful franchise in league history, it is only a matter of time before they are back chasing the big prize, but questions remain over the depth of their squad in the build up to kickoff.

Portland have added young quality to a side that was in need of reinjection after a disappointing playoff campaign. Andy Polo is a versatile winger who will add pace to the Portland attack and Christhian Parades is a Paraguayan striker who will look to add support to the prolific Fanendo Adi.

The biggest talking point of the offseason for both Portland and MLS as a whole was the Darlington Nagbe move to Atlanta United. USMNT international, Nagbe was the marquee man and fan favorite in Portland and losing him is bound to have a effect on the Timbers.

Portland will want to maintain last years position but ultimately they will be hoping to replicate their MLS Cup winning campaign from 2015. There may be some teething problems however, with new manager Giovanni Savarese taking over from Caleb Porter following his surprise departure.

LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers: Team News

LA Galaxy

❌ Suspensions: None

❓ Doubts: None

🚑 Out: None

(Take a look at all LA Galaxy’s key transfer business this winter by clicking the image above)

Portland Timbers

❌ Suspensions: None

❓ Doubts: None

🚑 Out: None

(Take a look at all Portland Timbers’ key transfer business this winter by clicking the image above)

LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers: Key Stats

LA Galaxy’s MLS form: N/A

Portland Timber’s MLS form: N/A

Key stat: LA Galaxy have won only two of their last 19 MLS regular season matches. One of those did come in their final home game of 2017 however.

LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers: Prediction

LA Galaxy 1-2 Portland Timbers: LA Galaxy have had a complete restructure following the dismal campaign of last season and Portland should bring confidence going into the new season following last year’s success. It would be unjust to suggest a goalless affair seeing as both teams have made attacking additions who will be out to impress. Portland just edge it for us in wha should be an entertaining clash.

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2018 Key Transfers: Vancouver Whitecaps

With the 2018 MLS season drawing ever closer, we have been running through the standout transfers for all 23 teams over the course of the winter transfer window. There have been a number of key signings and significant trades which should ensure the new season is as exciting as ever before. Today we finish the serie by looking at Vancouver Whitecaps and their key signings ahead of the 2018 MLS season…

Key Signings

Anthony Blondell: Blondell is a 23-year-old striker hailing from Venezuela. He will be unknown to many so he will have the element of surprise on many defenders. He’ll be coming off the back of a prolific season playing for Monagas where he scored 24 goals in 39 appearances. He’s had an impressive preseason campaign with the Whitecaps and will be hoping to make a real impact.

Kei Kamara: Vancouver becomes the sixth MLS club to take on Kei Kamara. After two seasons with New England Revolution in which he scored 19 goals he makes his way north. We expect him to partner Blondell up front this year in what could prove to be a great partnership. Again, their preseason form suggests they will score plenty of goals.

Doneil Henry: After having to cope with various loan spells across Europe while with West Ham United, Henry has returned back to his native Canada with the Whitecaps in permanent move. A Toronto academy graduate defender, Henry at the ripe age of 24 already has over 20 caps for Canada and a return home will hopefully get his career back on track.

Notable Departures

David Ousted: Long standing ‘keeper Ousted has left for DC United after five seasons in Vancouver. He is expected to start in DC after the departure of Bill Hamid to Europe. Vancouver fans will be sad to see him go as he has been a stalwart and a reliable leader for them for half a decade.

Mauro Rosales: Vancouver decided to decline Rosales’ option after he only had five appearances last term. Rosales has been in MLS for the past seven seasons, after stints at Ajax and Newell’s Old Boys. The winger leaves Canada after his second stint, and the jury is still out whether he will return to MLS in a playing capacity.

Sam Adekugbe: Pacey fullback Adekugbe has left for Valerenga in Norway. A Vancouver academy graduate, Adekugbe has flirted with European football for the past few years with loan spells at Brighton and IFK Goteborg, he has finally made the permanent move to Europe.

2018 Key Transfers: Portland Timbers

With the 2018 MLS season drawing ever closer, we have been running through the standout transfers for all 23 teams over the course of the winter transfer window. There have been a number of key signings and significant trades which should ensure the new season is as exciting as ever before. Today we take a look at Portland Timbers and their key signings ahead of the 2018 MLS season…

The Portland Timbers enjoyed a successful 2017 campaign as they made a strong charge to finish top of the Western Conference at the end of the season. However, they were left stunned as Houston knocked them out of the Conference Semifinals on home soil. That shock was followed by the departure of head coach Caleb Porter, who was loved by everyone associated with the club. He has been replaced with Giovanni Savarese and so how the former New York Cosmos coach handles the transition will be key to how successful Portland are in 2018. Some key offseason moves have been made to try and ensure they remain at the top end of the standings.

Key Signings

Andy Polo: Portland have added another dangerous weapon to their attacking arsenal ahead of the new season as Andy Polo joins from Mexico’s CA Monarcas Morelia. The 23-year-old winger has signed on loan with the option to buy at the end of the season. He is a versatile and speedy winger, who has represented Peru 15 times already, scoring once. The Timbers will hope his addition can fill the void left by Darlington Nagbe’s departure (more on that below).

Julio Cascante: Young defender Cascante joined the Timbers at the start of January in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money. At 24 years old he has already played international football for Costa Rica and has 100 professional matches under his belt. As with Roy Miller and David Guzman, Cascante has joined from Saprissa in his native Costa Rica. He will hope to impress and force his way into the starting XI on a regular basis.

Cristhian Paredes: Paraguayan prodigy Parades has joined on loan from Club America in Liga MX. Yet to play for Club America, Parades started his young career at Sol de America in Paraguay. Similar to Cascante, Parades has already made an appearance for his country. At 19, he has a long career in front of him and a point to prove as Portland will hope he can come in and add a new dimension to their attack.

Samuel Armenteros: Swedish striker Armenteros has joined on loan from Benevento in Serie A. He is yet another international signing, as he has played twice for Sweden. The question that will be posed is can he either partner or dislodge star striker Fanendo Adi in the Timbers strikeforce?

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Notable Departures

Darren Mattocks: Mattocks was the 2nd overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft but his career has yet to live up to the potential that was assumed of the pacey striker. After spending the past six seasons in the Pacific Northwest with Vancouver and Portland, he is now on his way to DC United. He scored just five goals in 43 appearances for Portland.

Ben Zemanski: Zemanski joined Portland after three seasons with Chivas USA where he was a regular. Life at the Timbers was frustrating to say the least as injuries plagued his time in Portland. With only 15 starts over the last two years, Portland let his contract run out after five seasons and an MLS Cup.

Darlington Nagbe: Nagbe’s move to Atlanta was one of the major shocks of the offseason. Arguably one of the best players in the league on his day, his versatility and creative abilities would be an asset to any team. He was a huge fan favourite in Portland after joining in 2011 via the MLS SuperDraft. He joins Atlanta, with a huge $1.65 million in allocation money going the other way. Nagbe played 214 games, scored 27 goals and won one MLS Cup. Portland have lost one of their biggest stars, so it will be intriguing to see how they cope without him.

2018 Key Transfers: New York Red Bulls

With the 2018 MLS season drawing ever closer, we will be running through the standout transfers for all 23 teams over the course of the winter transfer window. There have been a number of key signings and significant trades which should ensure the new season is as exciting as ever before. Today we take a look at New York Red Bulls and their key signings ahead of the 2018 MLS season…

The New York Red Bulls came close to shocking Toronto in the Eastern Conference Championship game last season but ultimately fell just short. It was a trend of their season. They were good, but saw several close games slip away from them. Jesse Marsch has responded by adding to his already talented squad this offseason. A couple of key faces have gone but the Red Bulls look younger and more dynamic heading into the new season. Their high pressing and intense style of play should ensure they continue to fight at the very top of the East.

Key Signings

Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra: Undoubtedly the signing of the offseason for the Red Bulls, Gamarra arrives after a long and drawn out transfer saga. But the key is, the Red Bulls have got their man. He signs as a Young Designated Player from Argentine side Huracan and will be tasked with replacing the creativity of Sacha Kljestan. At 23, the winger nicknamed “Kaku” is an exciting arrival for the league as a whole and Marsch will hope his new No. 10 can instantly adapt to his new surroundings.

Carlos Rivas: Rivas is yet to really feel settled in MLS after three frustrating years at Orlando City. He played 78 games and scored eight goals but now Rivas has the tough task of making a new-look Red Bulls team successful. After heavy losses this offseason, Rivas is an exciting spark of pace which could help add sharpness to  RBNY.

Tommy Redding: Academy product Redding has been heavily sought out since his debut for Orlando as an 18 year-old. In his three seasons for the Lions he amassed 38 matches. At the age of 21 now, Redding has the chance to move his career up a step as he should be pushing to start for the Red Bulls. He will suit the system and is another young addition to what should be a competitive squad in 2018.

Cristian Casseres Jr: To anyone but a professional scout, Casseres will be a completely unknown entity. A Venezuelan youth international, he is only 18 years old, and has only 15 professional club matches to his name. Casseres was signed as a discovery signing by the Red Bulls and could well be the next big MLS talent. One to keep an eye on…

Notable Departures

Sal Zizzo: Winger turned fullback Zizzo has joined Atlanta United after his option was declined by the Red Bulls. In his three seasons in The Big Apple he managed 72 appearances and became their starting right back. Having been in MLS since 2010, his stint in the league continues and he’s still only 30 years old.

Gideon Baah: A very disappointing end for a promising defender; Baah has been left without a club after the Red Bulls declined his option at the end of 2017. It’s upsetting for Baah as injuries have not been kind to the Ghanaian. He leaves New York with a meager nine appearances to his name and will hope to find a new challenge soon, if he can stay healthy.

Mike Grella: Perhaps one of the most underrated players in the league. Grella has left the Red Bulls for the Columbus Crew. He enjoyed three very good years for the Red Bulls in which he scored 16 times in 73 games. Injuries halted his progression last summer and the franchise have decided now is the right time to move him on. Some fans may remember him being selected by Toronto FC in the 2009 SuperDraft before rejecting them to join Leeds United in England.

Sacha Kljestan: One of the biggest shock transfers this offseason so far. For a big name and talent like Kljestan to be moved on takes some doing. The playmaker moves south to Orlando, with Rivas and Redding moving the other way (as mentioned above). At 32 years old, New York Red Bulls have definitely replaced him with fresher legs. But his quality is unquestioned and he will be a huge loss. The fact he registered 51 assists over three seasons highlights just how effective a creator he is.

2018 Key Transfers: Montreal Impact

With the 2018 MLS season edging closer with each day, we are running through the main ins and outs for all 23 teams over the course of the winter transfer window. There have been a number of key signings and significant trades which should ensure the new season is as exciting as ever before. Today we take a look at Montreal Impact and their key moves ahead of their second MLS campaign in 2018…

Key Signings

Raheem Edwards: Canadian international Edwards is a versatile left sided prodigy. After a breakthrough season last season with Canadian rivals and MLS Cup champions Toronto he was picked up by LAFC in the expansion draft, only to traded to Montreal immediately. Two caps for his country last year were well deserved and he will look to push on this coming season.

Michael Petrasso: Young wing-back Petrasso started out at the Toronto academy before a move to Queens Park Rangers in 2013. After numerous loan spells and frustration with playing time, he has moved back to the great white north. Toronto-born Petrasso is also a Canadian international and a move back to his native land may spark a career yet to really get going.

Saphir Taider: The former Saints Loanee (if only for a month) has yet to reach his potential. As a young 17 year old he put in some very impressive displays playing for Grenoble in France. After two stints with Bologna sandwiched between a spell at Inter Milan, he has made the move to MLS. And at only 25, he still has a lot of life in his career.

Notable Departures

Laurent Ciman: Perhaps the biggest loss to an MLS club this year is Belgian stallwault Ciman. In three seasons with Montreal he has time and again proved to be one of the greatest MLS defenders. He was moved to new franchise LAFC in a surprise trade following the expansion draft, with Raheem Edwards and Jukka Raitala moving to the Impact. He will be a big loss.

Hernan Bernardello: Argentine international Bernardello has finished his second stint in Montreal after only one season. In the two spells at the Canadian franchise he has amassed 53 matches but only registered a single goal. The 31-year-old midfielder started 17 regular season games last term and has since joined Newell’s Old Boys in his homeland.

Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla: Perhaps a worrying sign for not only Montreal but the league as a whole. The 18 year old Tabla is a prospect from the Montreal academy, and has moved to FC Barcelona. For such a young talent to leave the league before really showing what he can do is a potential concern. The move is great for the young forward, but begs the question why MLS is struggling to keep hold of their own young talent.

2018 Key Transfers: FC Dallas

As the 2018 MLS season closes in, we will run through the key additions and losses for all 23 teams over the course of the winter transfer window. There have been a number of key signings and significant trades which should ensure the new season is as exciting as ever before. Today we look at all FC Dallas’ key transfers and what it could mean for them in their 2018 MLS campaign…

Not only did FC Dallas fail to retain their Supporters’ Shield title last term, they failed to even make the playoffs for the first time in four years. Despite a strong start to the campaign, a 10-game winless run through the end of the summer saw them plummet down the Western Conference and they eventually finished seventh. They only narrowly missed out on the playoffs but the aim in 2018 will be to bounce back. Some key faces have left this winter, but replacements have been brought in and Oscar Pareja will be hoping to see the best of Dallas once more.

Key signings

Santiago Mosquera: FC Dallas have spent a reported $4 million on signing Colombian attacker Santiago Mosquera ahead of the 2018 season. The 23-year-old will occupy a Young Designated Player slot and should be an exciting addition to the Dallas team as they prepare to fight their way back into contention in the West. Mosquera scored nine goals in the Colombian league for Millonarios last term and should suit Oscar Pareja’s system well.

Jimmy Maurer: Having spent a week on loan with Dallas last season, Maurer joined on a permanent deal this offseason. He is most commonly known for his 105 appearances for the New York Cosmos in the NASL. Signing on a free transfer, we can only envisage him as a good backup option to Jesse Gonzalez.

Anton Nedyalkov:Nedyalkov is a Bulgarian international who joined from CSKA Sofia just before Christmas. At only 24, he brings a lot of promise as he was voted Sofia’s Fans Player of the Season in 2016/17. His signing comes not only as a positive for Dallas but for MLS, showing the attraction for young talent from Europe is increasingly stronger.

Reto Ziegler: Former Tottenham Hotspur left back, Ziegler has travelled around Europe over the past decade. Signing for Spurs as an 18 year old in 2004, Ziegler showed signs of elite talent but never lived up to the potential. Stints at the likes of Sampdoria, Juventus, Fenerbahce and most recently FC Sion have culminated in a move to Texas, where he will hope to play regular football.

Francis Atuahene: Fresh faced striker Atuahene joins courtesy of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, coming in as the fourth overall pick. At 5’9 he is not the biggest, but for what he lacks in stature he makes up for in pace. Ghanaian born Atuahene moved to the states via the Right to Dream Academy and will be hoping to make an immediate impact in 2018 with the Western Conference outfit.

Notable Departures 

Chris Seitz: Experienced keeper Seitz has left for Houston as his contract has expired. An MLS player for over ten years now, Dallas have lost an old head and a very good keeper at that. But with the emergence of Jesse Gonzalez over the past few seasons, Seitz has seen playing time decrease rapidly and has rightly moved on.

Hernan Grana: The highly regarded Argentine right back saw his loan end and his option declined to make his stay permanent. He returns to his native Argentina, as he did when his short stay in Columbus came to end as a result of homesickness in 2015. Known for his aggressive attacking play, Grana was a key player for Dallas last term. He played 30 games, registering one goal and four assists.

Javier Morales: No surprises here. As an MLS Cup winner in 2009 with Real Salt Lake, Morales will go down as one of the MLS greats after 10 seasons in the league. Having only played a season in Dallas, Morales finished with 15 appearances and a solitary goal. He was brought in as creative cover for the injured Mauro Diaz a year ago but is no longer required in Texas.

Walker Zimmerman: Recently capped USMNT international Zimmerman would be a loss to any MLS squad and LAFC have picked up a very good young player with $500,000 in allocation money coming to Dallas. Since joining as a first-round draft pick in 2013, he made 89 appearances over five seasons, scoring seven goals and one assist.

2018 Key Transfers: Colorado Rapids

As the 2018 MLS season closes in, we will run through the key additions and losses for all 23 teams over the course of the winter transfer window. There have been a number of key signings and significant trades which should ensure the new season is as exciting as ever before. Today we look at all Colorado Rapids’ key transfers and what it could mean for them in their 2018 MLS campaign…

Colorado Rapids go into the new MLS Season with a new manager as Anthony Hudson has replaced Pablo Mastroeni permanently after Steve Cooke filled the role in the interim following Mastroeni’s departure in August. Hudson was most recently the head coach for the New Zealand national team, and has also held coaching positions at Tottenham Hotspur and with the Bahrain national team. At 36, he becomes the youngest head coach in Rapids history. His job will be to get the Rapids back to the level they were at in 2016 after a shocking 2017 season. They finished 10th in the Western Conference, scoring just 31 goals.

Key signings

Jack McBean: McBean has been brought in via a trade from LA Galaxy. The 23yearold striker has been on the fringes of the Galaxy team for a few years now and will relish a fresh chance. In return, Galaxy received a conditional fourth-round draft pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. With two goals in 18 appearances last term (10 of those from the bench), McBean will be looking to start more games in Colorado.

Jack Price: The English midfielder has spent the entirety of his career to date with Championship high-flyers Wolves in England. Having fell out of favour with the midlands outfit, Price has crossed the Atlantic. A central midfielder who played as a winger at a young age, Price will be used to operating in a 4-4-2 system and could flourish in an open league like MLS. Having only played five games for Wolves this year he should be fresh and raring to go in time for the start of the 2018 season.

Danny Wilson: Scotland international Wilson has joined from Rangers. As a promising youngster he got a dream move from the Scottish giants to Liverpool in the Premier League. But after spending three years with them and only playing two games for the Reds he moved back north. Most recently, he has had three successful years back at Rangers winning the Scottish Championship in the 2015-16 season.

Andrew Dykstra: He will be a backup to USMNT keeper, Tim Howard but nonetheless, he will be a solid option. Formally of DC and Chicago Fire, Dykstra spent last season with Sporting Kansas City, and also went on loan to Swope Park Rangers – the recently formed SKC affiliate. SKC received a second-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft in return.

Notable Departures 

Joshua Gatt: Josh Gatt is a quick winger whose career has somehow drifted of course. Once a prodigy lighting up the Norwegian top tier playing under Ole Gunner Solskjær. Gatt has left after only 15 appearances for the Rapids, following an early season trade from Minnesota United. With only the single goal for the Rapids in a frustrating season, there’s no surprise why he has been let go.

Mohammed Saeid: Saeid is the former Columbus Crew midfielder who was part of the trade that saw Gatt join the Rapids from Minnesota. And much like Gatt, Saeid was disappointing and has been let go. Playing 29 games and also chipping in with just the solitary goal last term, Saeid has joined Lyngby BK after they snapped him up in December – a Danish Superliga side that finished in a respectable third last season.

Alan Gordon: The powerful striker has parted ways with the Rapids after just one season in which seems to be a theme after such a disappointing 2017 campaign for the club. The two-time MLS Cup winner played 26 times last season, scoring three. Seen as merely a good option for the bench these days, it will be a shame if he isn’t picked up by another MLS side but at 36 years old, retirement is by no means out of the question.

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Bobby Burling: The defender is out of contract with the Rapids and it seems as though it will stay that way. Former Chivas USA and San Jose Earthquakes defender Burling would still be a good squad player for any MLS side. But at 33, doubts remain over his fitness, having spent periods of last season out on the sidelines.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Montreal Impact

Major League Soccer: New York Red Bulls vs Montreal Impact

Red Bull Arena – Saturday, July 29th – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New York Red Bulls 1/2 – Draw 16/5 – Montreal Impact 9/2

New York Red Bulls vs Montreal Impact: Preview

New York Red Bulls host Montreal Impact on Saturday night, looking to make it four successive MLS wins. The home side are in good form and will still have their eye on things at the top of the Eastern Conference. Even if there are four teams above them heading into the weekend.

Jesse Marsch’s side sit fifth coming into this one. They are eight points below league-leading Toronto FC, but have played one game less than the Canadian side.

The Red Bulls steamrolled Minnesota United 3-0 last weekend. They have now won five games in succession in all competitions and look to have hit their stride at the perfect time.

That will be a worry for a Montreal Impact team that have been inconsistent all season. The Impact fell 2-1 at home to FC Dallas last week and are down in 9th place in the East.

Montreal haven’t won back-to-back MLS games for two months and are really struggling to build momentum. They know a playoff spot is still in question. But they need to dramatically improve to secure a top six finish in a competitive East.

This will be the second meeting between the pair this season. The Impact sealed a 1-0 win at Stade Saputo in June to make it three-straight wins against the Red Bulls.

New York Red Bulls vs Montreal Impact: Team News

New York Red Bulls: Gideon Baah and Mike Grella are out for the season with a broken leg and knee injury, respectively. Aurelien Collin is a doubt with a hamstring problem. New loan signing Fidel Escobar might be in line to start at centre-back.

Montreal Impact: Ambroise Oyongo is ruled out with a knee problem, which is expected to have ended his season. Victor Cabrera is listed as questionable.

New York Red Bulls vs Montreal Impact: Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ last five: W/L/W/W/W

Montreal Impact’s last five: L/W/L/W/L

Key Stat: Montreal have won the last three meetings between the pair, with each victory coming by a solitary goal.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – Wright-Phillips has scored six in his last eight games and is in a fine run of form. The Red Bulls will be hoping he can continue to lead the attack with goals on Saturday.

New York Red Bulls vs Montreal Impact: Prediction

New York Red Bulls 3-1 Montreal Impact – The Red Bulls are historically solid at home and have only lost twice at Red Bull Arena so far this season. Montreal’s lack of consistency makes the Red Bulls strong favourites and we can’t see any other outcome than a home win.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Chicago Fire

Major League Soccer: New York City FC vs Chicago Fire

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Saturday, July 22 – 14:00 ET (19:00 BST)

Match Odds: New York City FC 4/5 – Draw 5/2 – Chicago Fire 16/5

New York City FC vs Chicago Fire: Preview

New York City FC host Chicago Fire in the prime time match at 7pm BST on Saturday evening. It’s a big clash between two strong teams. It’s second against third in both the Eastern Conference and the Supporters’ Shield standings. So this is an important one for both sides.

Both NYCFC and Chicago come into the weekend’s clash with a good run of form behind them. Both have recorded four wins from their last six. However, without a win in their last two, New York City will want to return to winning ways with a big scalp in front of their own fans.

NYCFC should take confidence into the game, knowing they have scored in every league game since their opening day loss to Orlando City.

Patrick Vieira’s men put two past league leaders Toronto on Wednesday night in that 2-2 draw. They will be pleased to have not lost such a big game, but the truth is the home fans know they were in a solid position to win that game. The hosts can’t afford to drop more points on Saturday.

Chicago Fire are without doubt the big storyline of the 2017 season. They finished bottom of the entire league last season and now they are just a couple of places below the summit. Their transfer business was excellent during the offseason, but Veljko Paunovic deserves great credit for the way he has drilled the team.

Chicago are unbeaten in their last eleven, winning eight and drawing three. The Fire are in blazing form and do not look to be fading anytime soon. Having only failed to score on two occasions thus far this season, goals could be in abundance in Saturday’s battle.

This will be the first game between the two sides this season. Their last meeting came in September 2016, with NYCFC running out 4-1 winners at Yankee Stadium. Chicago are still looking for their first away win at New York City.

New York City FC vs Chicago Fire: Team News

New York City: Khiry Shelton (hamstring) and Ronald Matarrita (foot) are both still out with long-term injuries. Miguel Camargo is no longer at the Gold Cup with Panama but might not be ready to feature here.

Chicago Fire: John Goossens (ankle), Jorge Bava (elbow) and David Arshakyan (ankle) are all out. Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed as questionable with a hip injury. Matt Polster is a doubt with a leg injury but could feature. Dax McCarty is away on international duty.

New York City FC vs Chicago Fire: Key Points

New York City’s last five: W/W/W/L/D

Chicago Fire’s last five: W/W/W/W/D

Key Stat: Chicago’s only league victory over New York City FC came in their first meeting in April 2015. A 1-0 win at Toyota Park. They haven’t won any of the four clashes since, conceding ten times.

Key Player: David Villa – It’s becoming very common for the Spaniard to be named as key player. But when you have been involved in 17 goals (13 goals, 4 assists) in 19 league appearances, it’s hard not to be. Villa scored again on Wednesday night and will look to carry NYCFC to victory against the Fire on Saturday.

New York City FC vs Chicago Fire: Prediction

New York City FC 2-2 Chicago Fire – Both teams are bang in form and despite a slight blip for NYCFC, they are still unbeaten at home. Chicago will provide stiff competition but we expect an entertaining score draw.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs DC United

Major League Soccer:  Seattle Sounders vs DC United

CenturyLink Field – Wednesday, July 19 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: Seattle 1/2 – Draw 3/1 – DC United 5/1

Seattle Sounders vs DC United: Preview

Seattle Sounders take on DC United as Major League Soccer restarts after a two-week break for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Sounders will be missing three huge names in their starting lineup as Christian Roldan, Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris are away with the USMNT.

They come into the midweek clash having only lost one of their last 19 home matches in the league. An extremely impressive run that will be hard for DC to put to an end to.

MLS Cup holders Seattle have fallen off the pace so far this term. A surge of consistency will need to start sooner, rather than later if they are to have a chance of retaining their crown.

DC United are on course for the wooden spoon. However, Minnesota United are giving them a close battle for it. All jokes aside, this is far from the standard we expect from DC. They have lost four consecutive games in all competitions and six in a row away from home.

One win in seven highlights how tough a run of form they are in. Something has to chance, and fast. But they have lost their last three games at Seattle, without even scoring a goal. So the chances of an away win on Wednesday look very slim.

Seattle Sounders vs DC United: Team News

Seattle Sounders remain without Henry Wingo (ankle) and Seyi Adekoya (ankle). Harry Shipp is listed as questionable with a hand fracture. Jordan Morris, Oniel Fisher, Clint Dempsey and Christian Roldan are away on international duty, though Roldan may be available after being dropped from the USA squad for the quarterfinals.

DC United attacker Patrick Mullins remains out after knee surgery and Bobby Boswell has a groin problem so both will be absent. Rob Vincent (knee) and Nick DeLeon (abdominal strain) are listed as questionable. Bill Hamid is away on international duty with the USMNT.

Seattle Sounders vs DC United: Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/L/D/D/W

DC United’s last five: L/W/L/L/L

Key Stat: DC United have lost their last five away matches in MLS.

Key Player: Will Bruin – With Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris missing, this is a chance for Bruin to stake his claim for a starting spot going forward as he will lead the line.

Seattle Sounders vs DC United: Prediction

Seattle Sounders 3-0 DC United – It’s hard to see DC United finding any way to pick up points at CenturyLink Field. Their poor season has no sign of improving whilst Bill Hamid is absent too. We expect reigning champs Seattle to run riot in front of the home crowd.