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MLS Open Thread: Round 4

Follow along with all the weekend's action here at Waking the Red

2015 MLS Cup - Portland Timbers v Columbus Crew SC
Diego Valeri celebrates his early opener in the 2015 MLS Cup
Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

A shortened schedule of matches will take place in MLS this week, with all but a handful of teams preferring to play midweek matches rather than go without their internationals during this FIFA window.

All three matches on the docket provide some interesting storylines.

In the opener, where the New England Revolution face the struggling Minnesota United, a pair of clubs desperate to get heir first wins of the season face off. New England has lost both their matches, and saw another cancelled due to wintery conditions, while Minnesota rebounded from a rough start to earn a road point in a difficult place, drawing 2-2 in Colorado last weekend.

The second match sees the New York Red Bulls hosts Real Salt Lake, who became the first side to jettison their coach when it was announced that Jeff Cassar had been relieved of duties – a little harsh so early in the year, but not entirely unexpected. The Red Bulls had gotten off to a perfect start, before last Sunday's high-profile clash against the Seattle Sounders; they will be looking to rebound from that loss with a home win over the Salties. RSL for their part, now under the interim tutelage of assistant coach Daryl Shore, will be looking for a bounce from a winless start. That they must do so without a raft of internationals makes the task in New Jersey all the more difficult.

And finally, the night cap provides a rematch of the 2015 MLS Cup final when the Columbus Crew host the Portland Timbers. Columbus have gotten off to a mixed start, seeming to put things together in a 2-0 win at DC United last weekend after drawing and losing in their first two, but in Portland they are facing one of the form teams in the league, one of only two teams with a perfect record having won all their of their games in impressive fashion, outscoring opponents 10-3 in the process. Orlando City is the other, but they have played one fewer match.

Graciously, the limited schedule leaves time for all to catch TFC II's opening match of the season late on Saturday night against Phoenix Rising FC.

On to the matches!

Weekend Fixtures

Date Home Away Time (EST) View On
Date Home Away Time (EST) View On
Saturday New England Revolution Minnesota United 2 pm MLS Live
Saturday New York Red Bulls Real Salt Lake 4 pm MLS Live
Saturday Columbus Crew SC Portland Timbers 7:30 pm MLS Live
March 25th & 26th