We have a big matchup as week four of MLS kicks off with the Seattle Sounders hosting Los Angeles FC in a week after LAFC secured qualification for the next round of the Concacaf Champions League. As most of the world goes on an international hiatus after the weekend, MLS will keep playing as teams continue to find their rhythm. One team that doesn’t have those concerns is St. Louis City SC. The Western Conference leaders have won all three of their games since joining MLS, scoring eight goals and conceding just four. Facing the San Jose Earthquakes, they will also have a good chance to bring their record to a perfect 4-0.
Here’s a look at this weekend’s MLS schedule and stories:
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Saturday, March 18
All Eastern times and all games are available in MLS Season Pass on Apple TV
- Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles FC, 4 pm (fuboTV, free trial)
- CF Montreal vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30 p.m.
- Atlanta United vs. Portland Timbers, 7:30 p.m.
- New England Revolution vs. Nashville SC, 7:30 p.m.
- Orlando City SC vs. Charlotte FC, 7:30 p.m.
- Toronto FC vs. Inter Miami, 7:30 p.m.
- NY Red Bulls vs. Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
- New York City FC vs. DC United, 7:30 p.m.
- FC Dallas vs. Sporting KC, 8:30 p.m.
- Houston Dynamo vs. Austin FC, 8:30 p.m.
- St.Louis City vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 8:30 p.m.
- Chicago Fire vs. FC Cincinnati 8:30 p.m.
- Colorado Rapids vs. Minnesota United, 9:30 p.m.
- LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, 10:30 p.m.
Battle at the top of the West
With his performances to start the season, LAFC is not only picking up where it left off last season, but with the addition of Timothy Tillman, the team could be better than the one that won the MLS Cup. They suffered a setback in Champions League play by losing to Alajuelense, but already up 3-0 after a first-leg win, there was no reason for Steve Cherundolo to push for much more in the match.
Seattle is back after missing the playoffs last season. Coming off a loss to FC Cincinnati, Seattle has a quick chance to bounce back despite Heber’s injury. Raul Ruidiaz has been improving his physical condition and could start this match, making the tie look like a Championship match. With Jordan Morris also back in top form, there’s plenty of firepower between the two.
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Who can stop St. Louis?
St. Louis City, unbeaten in its first three games, is not only enjoying one of the best starts to a season for an expansion team, it’s enjoying one of the best starts to a season ever. With another win, St. Louis will have started the year with the second-most wins in league history at four. The overall record of seven, held by the 2012 Sporting Kansas City, is also in the offing. Due to the expanded playoffs, St. Louis may already have clinched their postseason berth if they can avoid a prolonged slump in form this season.
Welcome back to East Nashville SC
With goals from the wings and an organized defense led by Walker Zimmerman, Nashville SC looks like a complete unit this season. However, to allow a goal, the team have been able to take their time bringing star striker Hany Mukhtar back into the fold after he suffered an injury during pre-season. Jacob Shaffelburg has been a revelation as a winger, which is a huge loss for Toronto FC, who need all the help they can get from young players. With another clean sheet against the Revolution, who could be without Carles Gil, Nashville will share the lead for the most consecutive shutouts to start a season with four, goalie Joe Willis already holding a piece of that record with three clean sheets. , but he can become the lone leader if they can stop the Revs from scoring.