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: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Montreal Impact

Venue: BC Place Stadium – Sunday, March 6 – 17:30 ET (22:30 GMT)

Match Odds: Vancouver 3/4 – Draw 11/4 – Montreal 7/2

Match Preview

Vancouver Whitecaps host Montreal Impact in an all-Canadian clash as part of Sunday’s bumper schedule as the 2016 MLS season kicks off in style.

The Whitecaps started last season at home to Canadian opposition but fell 3-1 to Toronto and will be desperate to get off to a better start this time around.

Despite dropping their opening game last year, Vancouver went on to finish second in the Western Conference and had the best defensive record in MLS in 2015. The home fans will be full of optimism as they start what they hope will be another successful campaign.

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Vancouver’s preseason form certainly suggests the squad is ready for the new season. They won five of their six games in preparation for the new term and look to be in good shape.

Montreal had a far less encouraging preseason run, winning just one of their six games, but will be looking forward to starting the real thing here.

The Impact became one of the league’s most dangerous teams towards the end of 2015, mainly thanks to Didier Drogba’s sensational arrival, though they will start 2016 without their star attacker as he will not play on turf.

Mauro Biello has strengthened the squad over the offseason and will be looking forward to seeing how his new-look attack cope with a well drilled Vancouver defence on opening weekend.

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Both sides had a player sent off in their final preseason games, proving the intensity of each squad, and so this has the potential to be a fiery Canadian clash at BC Place.

The Impact won last year’s only regular season meeting 2-1 on home soil but have yet to win an MLS game in Vancouver.

Team News

Vancouver have no injury concerns heading into the new season and Carl Robinson will have the luxury of picking his best team for an important home opener. New signings Fraser Aird, Christian Bolanos and Blas Perez will expect to start.

Montreal will need to cope without Didier Drogba for four of their first five games of the new season as he is opting not to play on turf. The Impact will need to cope without their star man, while the only injury concern appears to be Andres Romero. The midfielder tore his ACL in October and is still on the road to recovery. New signings Harry Shipp and Lucas Ontivero will be hoping for starts but it’s unlikely both will feature from the off. Dominic Oduro should start in place of Droba on Sunday.

Key Points

Vancouver Whitecaps’ preseason form: W/W/W/L/W/W

Montreal Impact’s preseason form: L/D/L/W/D/D

Key Stat: Vancouver are unbeaten in five home games against Montreal in all competitions (W2 D3).

Key Player: Pedro Morales – The Vancouver Whitecaps playmaker saw out his preseason preparations in style as he scored a first-half brace in the 3-1 win over Minnesota United last weekend. He will hope to hit the ground running in 2016 and should cause the Montreal defence problems throughout.

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Score Prediction

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Montreal Impact – This is a really tricky one to call. Both sides will be full of excitement heading into the new season and have to try and ensure they remain disciplined. Vancouver weren’t as good at home as they could have been last year and Montreal will more than fancy their chances of taking at least a point from this one. Both sides will expect to find the net but don’t be surprised if this ends up all square.