BY JONATHAN VERA
CARSON, Calif. – Last year the Vancouver Whitecaps finished dead last in the league without mustering an away victory all season. However, in this year’s campaign the Caps are off to a great 2-0-0 start and recorded their first away win in MLS play, beating Chivas USA, 1-0, at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night.
Veteran defender Jay DeMerit scored his first goal as a Whitecap to provide the difference and give Vancouver its first MLS road victory. DeMerit goal came off a corner kick after muscling his way into the six past the Chivas defenders for the diving header.
“Tonight was a night of firsts," DeMerit said. "We came in with a plan and on the road sometimes that’s what it takes."
“It’s a huge monkey off our backs,” said DeMerit. “A lots been said about that in our preseason up to this first away game and to get it out of the way right away is such a good thing for us. We don’t have that pressure anymore. Now we can just go away from home and try to keep clean sheets and wins.”
The Montreal Impact had a lot to celebrate about in their MLS home opener, but winning their first game was not one of them.
Playing in front of a record crowd of 58,912 at Olympic Stadium, the Impact scored their first MLS goal and looked poised for victory before the Chicago Fire pulled level to secure a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon.
Impact captain Davy Arnaud etched his name into the history books when he scored Montreal's first goal in the league off a cross from Sanna Nyassi in the 56th minute. Fire forward Dominic Oduro negated that headed finish 15 minutes later, getting on the end of a pass from Sebastian Grazzini and knocking it into the back of the net.
The draw marked the season opener for Chicago (0-0-1) and kept Montreal (0-1-1) winless through its first two games in MLS.
Here are the match highlights:
The second week of the MLS season kicks off this afternoon in Montreal, where the Impact will be making their home debut at Olympic Stadium against the Chicago Fire.
The most high-profile match of the day takes place in Utah, where Real Salt Lake will look to build on their impressive opening-week win by beating the New York Red Bulls at Rio Tinto Stadium. Arguably the best match of the day features FC Dallas taking on the Portland Timbers in a battle of teams who posted impressive week one victories.
Here is a rundown of today's MLS matches:
2 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick/TSN - Montreal Impact vs. Chicago Fire
5 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick - San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo
8:30 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick - Sporting Kansas City vs. New England
8:30 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick - FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers
10 p.m. - MSG+/MLS Live/Direct Kick - Real Salt Lake vs. New York Red Bulls
10 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick - Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC
10:30pm- MLS Live/Direct Kick- Chivas USA vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
If you will be watching today's MLS action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.
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Tim Howard will look to move a step closer to silverware today when he leads Everton into the FA Cup quarterfinals against Sunderland in one of the days top matches.
The Toffees come in off a disappointing derby day loss to Liverpool during the week, but a win today would ease that disappointment as it would cliinch a semifinal berth and trip to Wembley with a win against the Black Cats.
Clint Dempsey and Fulham have been riding high in the new year and can move a step closer to the top pack in the English Premier League with a win against Swansea City today. In London, Tottenham will look to halt their recent losing skid by beating a Bolton side riding high off a win last week that brought them out of the relegation zone.
In Mexico, red-hot Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna will look to regain first place with a win against Cruz Azul, while Jose Torres and Pachuca take on Atlante, and Edgar Castillo and surprising Club Tijuana face off against Tigres.
If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.
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The FA Cup has been littered with surprises, and the three biggest remaining clubs will look to avoid that upset bug as the quarterfinals commence this weekend.
Chelsea looks to stay hot under Roberto Di Matteo when it hosts Leicester City, Tottenham faces relegation-threatened Bolton and Liverpool takes on Stoke City in three of the quarterfinal fixtures. The other one is a bit more even, as Everton and Sunderland — level on 37 points in the middle of the Premier League table — meet at Goodison Park.
This weekend also marks the beginning of Fox Soccer's coverage of the Scottish Premier League, with fans being able to catch a glimpse of the American trio at Rangers, when the club mired in a financial crisis takes on Dundee United.
There are also a number of intriguing games in MLS this weekend, as Montreal gets set for its first home game as an MLS franchise, Real Salt Lake clashes with the New York Red Bulls and Seattle and Toronto FC open their league campaigns against each other after sitting out First Kick weekend.
Here is this weekend's soccer on TV:
By THOMAS FLOYD
Come Saturday, the city of Montreal will officially introduce itself to Major League Soccer.
After starting the season on the road last weekend, the expansion Impact will play their home opener against the Chicago Fire at Olympic Stadium. After Vancouver and Portland claimed triumphs in their home debuts as expansion sides last year, Montreal will look to follow suit.
Out west, meanwhile, Real Salt Lake will hope to make it 2-for-2 this season against big-budget clubs with a win over the New York Red Bulls following last week's triumph against Los Angeles. With the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals in the books, Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders will kick off their MLS campaigns against each other at CenturyLink Field.
Here is a rundown of the full Week 2 slate:
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By FRANCO PANIZO
Tim Howard is eyeing silverware this season, but he will have to bounce back from a lopsided loss earlier in the week in order to keep that dream alive.
Having suffered a 3-0 loss to rival Liverpool on Tuesday, Howard and Everton will try to rebound when they host Sunderland in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup on Saturday. The American international will likely be called upon versus Nicklas Bendtner and the rest of the Black Cats' attack, but he should be up for the challenge, especially if he wants to record a fourth cleansheet in his last six games.
Another American goalkeeper still competing in the FA Cup is Brad Friedel. The 40-year-old Friedel will be aiming to lead Tottenham Hotspur into the next round of the competition, but he will have to do so against Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers. Tottenham is not in its best form right now, having won just once in its last five matches across all competitions.
Wondering what else is worth keeping an eye on? Look no further than the duel between DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco Fiscal when Puebla takes on San Luis. Beasley will try to find the back of the net for the second week in a row, while Orozco Fiscal will try to start again after ending his inactive spell last Saturday.
Here is who the Americans Abroad play this weekend: