How can you tell we're getting oh so close to the start of the 2016 MLS regular season (March 6)? The preseason came to a close on Saturday with 15 MLS teams in action. Here's what went down:
- Philadelphia Union 1, Toronto FC 0 | Highlights | Union recap | Toronto recap
- Vancouver Whitecaps 3, Minnesota United 1 | Highlights | 'Caps recap | Minn. recap
- NY Red Bulls 5, Jacksonville Armada 1 | RBNY recap | JAX recap
- Houston Dynamo 2, Sporting Kansas City 2 | Houston recap | Sporting KC recap
- Montreal Impact 0, Tampa Bay Rowdies 0 | Montreal recap | Tampa Bay recap
- New York City FC 2, Reykjavik FC 1 | Recap
- Orlando City SC 6, Bahia 1 | Highlights | Reaction
- Chicago 2, Portland 0 | Highlights | Fire recap & reaction | Timbers recap & reaction
- Colorado Rapids 3, Arizona United SC 0 | Rapids recap | Arizona recap
- New England 1, Columbus Crew SC 0 | Revs recap & reaction | Crew recap & reaction
- San Jose Earthquakes 1, New York Cosmos 0 | Quakes recap | Cosmos recap
Philadelphia Union top Toronto FC 0-1
The action kicked off at 4 p.m. ET in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, where the Union and Toronto FC are squaring off in the last match of the Suncoast Invitational. The final result? Philadelphia 1, Toronto 0, the Union's day saved thanks to a goal by CJ Sapong.
GOAL!! 60' Sapong finds himself on a breakaway and sends the ball into the bottom corner of the net #TFCvPHI 0-1— The U Match Day (@TheUMatchDay) February 27, 2016
Vancouver Whitecaps beat Minnesota 3-1
The Whitecaps woundnd down their preseason today in Portland at 5:30 p.m. ET, but it wasn't necessarily a cake walk. They went up against Minnesota--soon to be an MLS team!--who have long ago proved their on-field mettle.
Red Bulls are wrapping up Florida trip against Jacksonville
The Red Bulls are ready for their home opener on Mar. 6, and they've got just one more game tonight in Florida to sharpen their skills. At 6 p.m. ET, they arrived for a game against NASL team Jacksonville Armada--who are now coached by former Red Bulls 'keeper Tony Meola!
Read up on New York's strategy going into the game here.
The Red Bulls are streaming the match starting at 6:47 p.m. ET on their site.
Houston Dynamo face Sporting Kansas City
The Houston Dynamo are looking to come roaring back and prove themselves in the 2016 MLS season. But they'll face some fierce opponents in Tucson, Arizona in their preseason finale tonight: Sporting Kansas City.
Montreal get rowdy with Drogba in Tampa Bay
The Montreal Impact are also wrapping up their trip to Florida tonight, with the last game of the Suncoast Invitational Tournament. They'll play NASL side the Tampa Bay Rowdies in St. Petersburg, starting at at 7 p.m. ET. And guess who's back for his first 2016 game with the team? The man, Didier Drogba himself!
You'll want to livestream the whole thing on the Montreal Impact site.
NYCFC square off with some of Iceland's best
New York City FC also say goodbye to Florida tonight with a preseason friendly against a top team from decidedly colder climes: Iceland's Reykjavik FC. The action starts at 7:30 p.m. at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, and you can livestream the game on the IMG site.
The club's sporting director, Claudio Reyna, just delivered this preseason update:
Orlando City take on Esporte Club Bahia
Orlando City fans should get ready to #FillTheBowlAgain for this super-hype last game of the team's preseason, at their own home, the Citrus Bowl. At 7:30 p.m. ET, the Lions take on storied Brazilian team Esporte Club Bahia. Click here to read up on this side, or check out the video below.
Get to know City's final preseason opponent before kick at 7:30!https://t.co/tEIqC8P8G5— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) February 27, 2016
Chicago Fire face a tough test in Portland
The atmosphere's not going to make it easy for the Chicago Fire tonight--they face defending MLS Cup Champions the Portland Timbers, in Portland. But the team's coming back with a new strategy, and a refreshed energy courtesy of new head coach Veljko Paunovic. What will they reveal tonight from their preseason work?
Colorado Rapids face Frank Yallop's Arizona United SC
The Rapids are looking to wrap up the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson with a win tonight as they play Arizona United SC. Their opponents won't be easy, considering the man at Arizona United's helm has plenty of MLS experience--he's Frank Yallop, former head coach of the Chicago Fire.
You can livestream the action starting at 8:30 p.m. on the Rapids' site.
Columbus Crew SC meet New England in Tucson
Columbus Crew SC are facing the New England Revolution tonight in their last game of the Desert Diamond Cup game in Arizona. But it might be extra important for Crew SC in particular. It's their last competitive game before their first of the regular season, in which they'll face no less than the defending MLS Cup champions, the Portland Timbers. Columbus head coach Gregg Berhalter says they'll be looking to "push the minutes in this match."
Livestream the game starting at 9 p.m. ET on the Columbus Crew and New England Revolution sites.
San Jose Earthquakes welcome the NY Cosmos at home
Wrapping up the day's slate of matches, the San Jose Earthquakes welcome NASL side New York Cosmos to Avaya Stadium at 10 p.m. ET. This is a fun one--the Quakes/Cosmos rivalry goes back decades.