CONCACAF Champions League play kicked off Tuesday night, but the preseason action is not over yet. Wednesday has a full slate of matches for MLS fans everywhere:
Feb. 25 (all times ET)
- 2 pm: San Jose Earthquakes 4, SF Stompers FC 1 | RECAP
- 4pm: New York City FC 1, Houston Dynamo 2 | RECAP (NYC) | RECAP (HOU) | REPLAY
- 5pm: Columbus Crew SC 1, Philadelphia Union 1 (Philadelphia win 5-3 on penalty kicks) | RECAP (CLB) | RECAP (PHI)
- 6:30pm: Charleston Battery 1, Orlando City 1 (game called at 27' due to inclement weather) | RECAP
- 7:30pm: New York Red Bulls 2, Toronto FC 0 | RECAP (RBNY) | RECAP (TOR) | HIGHLIGHTS
- 7:30pm: Colorado Rapids 1, FC Tucson 0 | REPLAY
- 8pm: New England Revolution 2, Seattle Sounders 1 | RECAP (SEA) | RECAP (NE) | REPLAY
- 8pm: Vancouver Whitecaps 3, Stabaek 2 | RECAP | REPLAY
- 10pm: Real Salt Lake 2, Sporting Kansas City 1 | RECAP (SKC)
- 10:30pm: Portland Timbers 1, Chicago Fire 1 | RECAP (POR) | RECAP (CHI) | REPLAY
Follow all of today's news and updates from MLS training camps below, and for the entire preseason schedule, click here.
SIMPLY A DRAW
The Portland Timbers and Chicago Fire played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night in the Simple Invitational at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. – with all the scoring from the home side, a goal from Michael Nanchoff and an own goal.
Nanchoff swung in a 22nd-minute free kick, while the own goal came on a deflection from a Fire corner kick. Portland finished with 10 men after George Fochive picked up a second yellow late, the third Timbers player to be sent off in their two tournament games.
Portland finish their preseason and the tournament Saturday against Norwegian side Stabaek, while the Fire play the Vancouver Whitecaps on the same day.
It was a rematch of the 2013 MLS Cup – albeit under obviously less significant implications – and Real Salt Lake came out on top this time, besting Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on goals from Emery Welshman and Devon Sandoval in the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson, Ariz.
Dom Dwyer cut RSL’s 2-0 lead in half with a header in the 66th minute, but it ended in regulation as opposed to the penalty-kick marathon that SKC won two seasons ago.
RSL have won all three of their Diamond Cup matches and will face the Colorado Rapids in Saturday's title game.
The New England Revolution were the beneficiary of an own goal and stoppage-time penalty kick, giving them a 2-1 victory Wednesday night over the Seattle Sounders in the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson, Ariz.
A Darren Mattocks brace highlighted the Vancouver Whitecaps’ wild, 3-2 win Wednesday night over Stabaek in the Simple Invitational at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.
Nicolas Mezquida scored the opener for the ‘Caps, who saw all their goals come in the first half. Former US national team head coach Bob Bradley’s Stabaek made things interesting with second-half goals by way of Anders Trondsen and Eirik Haugstad.
Vancouver, who have won their first two matches of the four-team tournament, face the Chicago Fire on Saturday, while Stabaek meet the Portland Timbers in the finale.
Wright-Phillips hit a screamer from the top of the area in the 23rd minute, while Zizzo took a deflection off a cross from Mike Grella for the close finish.
With the win, the Red Bulls top Group A and will face Group B winner Philadelphia Union in Saturday’s championship game.
RAPIDS TOP DESERT HOSTS ON LATE HEADER
An 80th-minute header by towering center back Axel Sjöberg was all the Colorado Rapids needed Wednesday night in a 1-0 win over Desert Diamond Cup hosts FC Tucson.
The 6-foot-7 rookie out of Marquette turned in a corner kick for the goal.
DYNAMO DOWN NYCFC IN CAROLINA CUP
Mix Diskerud pulled one back for NYCFC late in the game.
The Dynamo will wrap up the four-team tournament and their preseason against Orlando City SC on Saturday, while NYCFC take on the Charleston Battery on the same day in their preseason finale.
UNION STAY PERFECT AT SUNCOAST
A Michael Lahoud penalty kick gave the Philadelphia Union a 5-4 shootout win Wednesday over Columbus Crew SC after playing to a 1-1 draw after regulation for their third win in three tries at the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic.
LAHOUD... GOAL and the win— The U Match Day (@TheUMatchDay) February 25, 2015
OCSC INK SUPERDRAFT PICK
It's going to be a crowded battle for playing time in the net in Orlando this season.
On Wednesday Orlando City SC signed their third round SuperDraft pick (43rd overall) Earl Edwards Jr. Edwards Jr. is a strong candidate for a loan out to Louisville City FC as the Lions already have three goalkeepers under contract in Donovan Ricketts, Tally Hall, and Josh Ford.
"Earl has shown great potential during the team's training and friendlies so far," said Head Coach Adrian Heath. "His skills and excellent work ethic will benefit the team going forward, and we are excited to continue working with him."
QUAKES ROLL OVER STOMPERS
In the first game on Wednesday the San Jose Earthquakes defeated SF Stompers FC 4-1 in a closed door scrimmage.
The goals came from Adam Jahn, Leandro Barrera, Chris Wondolowski, and Shaun Francis. The team will next take the field on Saturday when they face off with the LA Galaxy in the first game at Avaya Stadium.
26' GOAL LEANDRO BARRERA! His free kick outside of the box bends around the Stompers wall, nicks the near post and trickles into the net.— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) February 25, 2015
DC ADDS YOUNG 'KEEPER
It has been rumored for awhile now but D.C. finally added a third goalkeeper to their team on Wednesday. They signed 21-year-old former University of New Hampshire goalkeeper Travis Worra.
During his four-year college career, Worra started 59 of 60 games and finished with a record of 25-22-10. He is tied for second in program history in shutouts (21), third in wins and seventh in saves (234). The Lancaster, Pa., native was named America East Goalkeeper of the Year and was a first team All-America East selection in 2013, with six shutouts and a 0.55 goals against average.
"Travis earned a contract with his showing in preseason,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. “Travis has very good quickness and shot-stopping abilities, and we look forward to getting him into our environment.”
KEEP IT SIMPLE, PORTLAND
Portland's annual preseason tournament continues tonight with another doubleheader, including Portland taking on the Chicago Fire in the day's all-MLS encounter.
While some teams elect to start giving players 90 minutes, it sounds like Timbers head coach Caleb Porter will continue to rotate players at halftime, and he gave fans a good idea of the different lineups and combinations that will face Chicago tonight:
WHICH NYCFC PLAYER WILL DEBUT TONIGHT?
New York City FC are set to face an MLS team for just the second time when they face the Houston Dynamo at 4pm ET.
The WFAN radio crew of Tom Kolker and Glenn Crooks previewed the game by discussing NYCFC's use of both a 4-4-2 and a 4-2-3-1 last weekend against Orlando, plus they break news that one NYCFC player will be making his debut tonight:
EARLIER KICK TIMES IN CAROLINA
Due to anticipated inclement weather on Daniel Island, South Carolina, both of today's games in the Carolina Challenge Cup will kick off one hour earlier.
That means New York City FC and the Houston Dynamo will square off at 4pm ET, with the Charleston Battery and Orlando City kicking off at 6:30pm ET.
NOT MORE SNOW!
As bad as this winter has been in Boston and the Northeast, inclement weather is hardly limited to one region.
Even the usually temperate climes of North Texas saw some snow today:
CRIBS: MLS PRESEASON
Having escaped the New England weather, New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell gave fans a video tour of his team's digs in "sunny" Arizona.
Toronto FC do not kick off until 7:30pm ET tonight at the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic in Bradenton, Florida, but their anticipated starters were up early on Wednesday to check out the field.