MLS Opening Weekend: 30 interesting stats from Sunday’s ten games

The opening weekend of the 2016 Major League Soccer season is upon us, so here is a look at a few stats to be aware of ahead of what should be an excellent evening of MLS action.

Sunday 6th March

New York Red Bulls vs Toronto FC – (18:30 GMT)

  • New York Red Bulls are unbeaten against Toronto FC in their last eight home matches against the Canadian side.
  • Including the playoffs, New York Red Bulls have won 11 of their last 12 at Red Bull Arena.
  • On the other hand, Toronto FC haven’t won on the road in MLS since 4th July, a total of nine away fixtures.

For more information read our New York Red Bulls vs Toronto FC Match Preview.

New York Red Bulls vs. DC United

Orlando City vs Real Salt Lake – (19:00 GMT)

  • Orlando City finished the 2015 MLS Season on a six-game unbeaten streak, with four wins and two draws.
  • Real Salt Lake finished the 2015 MLS season on a three-game losing streak, managing just one goal in the process.
  • However, Real Salt Lake are unbeaten in six consecutive MLS opening games, with five wins and one draw.

For more information read our Orlando City vs Real Salt Lake Match Preview.

Chicago Fire vs New York City FC – (19:00 GMT) – Live on Sky Sports 1

  • Chicago Fire lost seven of their last eight matches in the 2015 season, winning the other.
  • New York City FC won only once in their last eight away games of last season, losing six of them.
  • Chicago haven’t won on the opening day for the last six seasons, as they’be endured four losses and two draws.

For more information read our Chicago Fire vs New York City FC Match Preview.

FC Dallas vs Philadelphia Union – (20:00 GMT)

  • Philadelphia have never beaten FC Dallas in Major League Soccer.
  • FC Dallas have won four season openers in MLS in a row.
  • FC Dallas won the most matches at home in MLS last season, with a total of 13 out of 17.

For more information read our FC Dallas vs Philadelphia Union Match Preview.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Houston Dynamo vs New England Revolution – (20:00 GMT)

  • Houston Dynamo have lost to the New England Revolution on three consecutive occasions – run that started in April 2014.
  • Houston Dynamo have lost just once in their last ten home matches in MLS, with seven wins and two draws.
  • New England Revolution conceded 35 times on the road last season – their worst away defensive record since 1998.

For more information read our Houston Dynamo vs New England Revolution Match Preview.

San Jose Earthquakes vs Colorado Rapids – (20:00 GMT)

  • San Jose Earthquakes are unbeaten in 12 consecutive matches against the Colorado Rapids, winning six and drawing six.
  • San Jose haven’t conceded at home against the Colorado Rapids since May 2013.
  • Colorado Rapids have lost four of their last five away matches in MLS, winning the other.

For more information read our San Jose Earthquakes vs Colorado Rapids Match Preview.

Portland Timbers vs Columbus Crew – (21:30 GMT) – Live on Sky Sports 1

  • Including the MLS Cup Final last year, Portland Timbers are unbeaten in their last three matches against Columbus Crew.
  • Including the postseason, Portland Timbers are unbeaten in their last nine consecutive MLS matches, winning six and drawing three.
  • Columbus Crew won five of their last six 2015 MLS regular season games.

For more information read our Portland Timbers vs Columbus Crew Match Preview.

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Vancouver Whitecaps vs Montreal Impact – (22:30 GMT)

  • Vancouver had the joint best defence in Major League Soccer in 2015, conceding only 36 goals.
  • Montreal Impact won their final two matches away from home in the regular season last term but lost nine of the 15 previous road trips.
  • Octavio Rivero was the Whitecaps’ leading goalscorer with ten last season. He is only the fourth player in Whitecaps history to reach double-digits in a single season.

For more information read our Vancouver Whitecaps vs Montreal Impact Match Preview.

Monday 7th March (UK Time)

Seattle Sounders vs Sporting Kansas City – (00:00 GMT)

  • Seattle Sounders haven’t won against Sporting Kansas City in their last three attempts, drawing twice and losing once.
  • At home, Sounders are undefeated in all four MLS matches against Sporting Kansas City, winning twice and drawing twice.
  • Seattle are unbeaten in their last seven MLS outings. They’ve won six of those seven, drawing the other.

For more information read our Seattle Sounders vs Sporting Kansas City Match Preview.

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LA Galaxy vs DC United – (03:00 GMT)

  • DC have only won once in their last eleven matches against LA Galaxy, drawing five and losing the other five.
  • LA are unbeaten in their last eight home matches against DC United, recording four wins and four draws.
  • DC United only managed to score nine away goals in the regular season in 2015 – a league low for the season.

For more information read our LA Galaxy vs DC United Match Preview.

What are you most looking forward to on the opening day of the 2016 MLS season?

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Houston Dynamo vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – Houston Dynamo vs. New England Revolution

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Sunday, March 6 – 15:00 ET (20:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Houston Dynamo 11/8 – Draw 23/10 – New England Revolution 2/1

Match Preview

Houston Dynamo kick off their 2016 MLS season by welcoming New England Revolution to BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday.

The Dynamo are entering their second season under head coach Owen Coyle and will hope to improve on last year’s eight-place finish in the Western Conference.

During the offseason they lost former captain Brad Davis and Giles Barnes will take over the responsibility for 2016. He will hope to lead his side to victory in Sunday’s home opener.

With the worst defence in the West last season, Coyle will want his backline to remain tight early on and a few clean sheets early in the season could set the tone for what is expected of a traditional Coyle side.

Houston Dynamo’s 2015 record: P34 – W11 – D9 – L14

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During preseason, New England dispatched of the Dynamo 2-1 at home, with Scott Neumann and Teal Bunbury bagging the goals. So they have that positive mental boost going to BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday.

They finished last season poorly with only one win from their final five games so a good start will be high on the priority list for Jay Heaps’ men.

New England Revolution’s 2015 record: P34 – W14 – D8 – L12

Losing Jermaine Jones will undoubtedly have hurt them as he was a vital player in their midfield. Despite Jones leaving, the Revolution still have the attacking assets to trouble even the best of teams, and the Revs will expect to compete high up the Eastern Conference this season.

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Team News

Houston Dynamo’s new signing, Collen Warner, who was traded from Toronto, is out of Sunday’s game. Will Bruin and Giles Barnes should start upfront judging by preseason selections.

New England Revolution have no injuries of note as yet. Teal Bunbury and Kelyn Rowe are expected to occupy the wings while Lee Nguyen will play centrally. London Woodberry could start at right-back and Charlie Davies is set to be preferred to Juan Agudelo upfront.

Key Points

Houston Dynamo’s preseason form: D/W/L/W/D/L/D

New England Revolution’s preseason form: W/L/L/D/D/W/W

Key Stat: Houston Dynamo have only lost one of their last ten home matches in Major League Soccer.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – Attacking midfielder Nguyen is a creative specialist in the final third. He is easily the Revolution’s best player when on song and will prove important to their season once more in 2016. As a prevalent source of chances, keeping Nguyen quiet will be Houston’s priority.

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Score Prediction

Houston Dynamo 1-2 New England Revolution – After the win in preseason, we’re expecting much of the same for New England. Houston will have problems keeping out the likes of Lee Nguyen and Charlie Davies and might just fall short in an intriguing home opener. The home fans will need to rally behind their side to increase their chances of victory here.