Wow. Week 3 was…eventful.
We saw our fair share of upsets, stunning goals, and inclement weather – even that rare orange ball made an appearance. Most of us at Switch the Pitch spent matchday at the stadium, and, well, our fingers and toes have just started to thaw from the blizzard/bomb cyclone/ hot mess that hit the East Coast and caused temperatures to plummet.
As expected, the MLS power rankings are all over the place. D.C. United and New York Red Bulls, the only teams in the East with all six points after their first two matches, both suffered a loss to their week three opponents. Meanwhile, the Seattle Sounders and NYCFC brought home wins to boost them up the table.
It’s MLS, so we really aren’t expecting standings to stabilize for a while. We’re just along for this wacky ride.
Week 3 Scores
Notable Matches: Week 3
The Reigning Champs Home Opener
New York City v Montréal 4-1
NYCFC unveiled their MLS ChaNYCFC unveiled their MLS Championship banner this past Saturday, and it was, well, pretty anticlimactic. The match that followed, however, was a joy for supporters. Alexander Callens netted the club’s first of the match in the 7′, and NYCFC went on to secure yet another home win.
Austin Cut Down By the Timbers
Portland v Austin: 1-0
Austin FC has been having a SEASON so far. The newcomers were cut down to size by veteran club Portland late Saturday evening, with Bill Tuiloma scoring the winning goal. It was a humbling night after Austin’s goal-fest in their first two matches.
Play Your Kids
Dallas v Nashville: 2-0
19-year-old Alan Velasco led Dallas to a win over Nashville with a stunning 87th minute rocket. There wasn’t much time for Nashville to reply before the final whistle called this one in favor of Dallas.
Important News You May Have Missed
The USMNT World Cup Qualifying roster is out. The U.S. will need five points for automatic qualification; otherwise, their chances change with every match played.
CCL madness is again upon us. If you’re weekly MLS drama isn’t enough, why not try something new?
|The NWSL Schedule is out. We repeat… the NWSL Schedule is out. (Yes, we write a lot about MLS. But, no, that doesn’t diminish our love for NWSL.)|
Matches to Watch: Week 4
Saturday, March 19
Cincinnati v Miami: 1 pm EST
Sunday, March 20
Austin v Seattle: 4:30 pm EST