The intensity is gradually ratcheting up as MLS preseason training continues at a variety of locations around the world. Catch all the other news and updates from MLS training camps below. And for the entire February preseason schedule, click here.
FRIEND SCORES FIRST GOAL FOR GALAXY: The LA Galaxy faced off against fellow LA side Chivas USA in a closed-door scrimmage Wednesday morning, with the teams drawing 2-2. Canadian international and new signing Rob Friend notched his first goal for the Galaxy to open the scoring, while Juninho put the "hosts" up 2-0 in the first half. Chivas followed that up by scoring two of their own in the second half, with goals from Jacob Barron and Matthew Fondy.
ON TRIAL IN MONTREAL: The Impact continued their hunt for additional attacking options by bringing in Oussama Essabr on trial. The Moroccan striker was on the books at Italian powerhouse Juventus from 2008-12, though he spent much of that time on loan to lower-division clubs.
Montreal are staying close to home for the early stages of their preseason, training indoors at the Marie-Victorin Sports Complex until their departure to Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 14, where they will take part in the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic from Feb. 17 to March 2. The club also announced a new three-year broadcasting deal with TSN Radio 690 that means all 17 of their road games will be broadcast on radio for the first time in cub history.
Moroccan forward Oussama Essabr is on trial with #IMFC this morning.— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) February 5, 2014
SOUNDERS BEAT SAN JOSE: Seattle got the better of their Western Conference rivals on Wednesday in Arizona, edging San Jose 2-1 in a preseason friendly on the strength of two goals from Obafemi Martins.
The Nigerian forward netted his brace in the space of just two minutes midway through the first half with both teams fielding strong lineups, if not the starting XI we might see at the beginning of the regular season. The second half saw more unfamiliar faces on the field, but the Quakes gained some consolation when Mike Fucito netted late. RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS
CREW TOP MALMÖ: New coach Gregg Berhalter got his preseason off to the ideal start on Wednesday afternoon as his Crew side topped reigning Swedish champions Malmö FF 1-0 in Bradenton, Fla. Forward Jairo Arrieta netted the lone goal of the contest five minutes after the break with an opportunistic finish inside the six-yard box. Recap and highlights to follow.
RED BULLS TO FACE PHILLY: The New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union added another date to their respective preseason calendars, as the Eastern Conference rivals will square off on Feb. 12 in Jacksonville, Fla.
The match will kick off at 6 pm ET and is a prelude to both teams' participation in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic, set to take place from Feb. 19 to March 1 in Orlando, Fla. The two teams will meet for the first time in the regular season on April 16. Read more...
FCD AMAZED BY ABU DHABI: No one in MLS is further from home at the moment than FC Dallas, who are working hard during a two-week stint in the Middle Eastern emirate of Abu Dhabi. After a fitness-heavy opening to the trip, coach Oscar Pareja and his staff staged an intrasquad scrimmage on Tuesday at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.
The squad has also had the chance to take in some of the local sights and sounds, with one particular landmark a source of awe for young goalkeeper Richard Sanchez:
BIRTHDAY PRANKSTERS: Two new arrivals to the New England Revolution found some time for a post-training prank, as new goalkeeper Brad Knighton nailed rookie and birthday boy Patrick Mullins with the tried-and-true Gatorade shower:
HE'S NOT THE ONLY ONE: Word from Philadelphia Union midfielder Mike Lahoud is that head coach John Hackworth suffered the same fate at the hands of one of his charges:
GETTING IT DONE: Portland and Houston played a mostly sleepy game in the Tucson nightcap, but the Timbers attack woke up late enough to snatch a 2-0 victory. Good news for Timbers fans, by the way, as a pair of presumed starters -- Will Johnson and Max Urruti -- got on the board in the win.
THE THIRD MAN: Gilberto, Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley... but what about Bright Dike? The big Oklahoma-born Nigerian is fighting for a starting spot with his club and a World Cup spot with his country, and he ended up stealing the spotlight in Bradley's debut. Dike scored the only goal -- a late one -- in the Reds' 1-0 win over D.C.