Orlando City SC embarks on its maiden Canadian voyage for a matinee meeting with the Montreal Impact on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET (TSN 3/4/5, RDS). Both clubs are looking to regenerate early-season momentum—Orlando City from its MLS debut and Montreal from its stunning CCL win over Pachuca—following forgettable weekends. OCSC was dealt a devastating blow in the waning moments of Saturday’s loss to Vancouver, when ‘Caps striker Octavio Rivero scored the game-winner in the 96th minute. Rivero’s goal gave the Lions their first ever MLS loss and snapped a 194-minute shutout streak. The Impact settled for a scoreless draw with the New England Revolution as they continue searching for their first league goal of the season—despite scoring five in their last three CCL matches. With injuries starting to pile up for Montreal, Frank Klopas will seek contributions from his entire roster in its bid to shutdown Kaká & Co.
MLS Soccer Sunday kicks off on Sunday evening with a showdown between the Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes). Both clubs enter the regular season’s fourth weekend without a win, making this a pivotal moment as essential early-season points escape their clasps. Though Philadelphia accrued two points after opening the season with a pair of draws, Chicago enters the weekend pointless and desperate for a win. Last year’s rookie of the year finalist Harry Shipp netted the Fire’s first goal of the regular season in Sunday night’s loss at San Jose, but Chicago will need more contributions from its new slate of Designated Players to get back on track.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, had the misfortune of hosting a scorching-hot FC Dallas squad on Saturday. The Union were blanked, 2-0, but can catapult back into the upper half of the Eastern Conference standings with a positive result this weekend. Head coach Jim Curtin will look for Fernando Aristeguieta to regain the form he showcased against Real Salt Lake two weeks ago, when he recorded a first-half brace in only his second MLS match.
Real Salt Lake aims to continue home dominance against Toronto FC
Real Salt Lake welcome Toronto FC to Rio Tinto Stadium to cap off MLS Soccer Sunday’s doubleheader at 7 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes). RSL and Toronto have squared off against one another seven times in Utah with RSL coming away with a 7-0-0 record (2-0-0 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, 5-0-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium). Toronto FC will be without Designated Players Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley as they have been called up to the U.S. national team for a pair of friendlies on March 25 against Denmark and March 31 versus Switzerland. The Reds will have to rely upon Italian international Sebastian Giovinco and company to turn around their fortunes in Utah.