Kick Off: 401 Derby, Petke vs. RBNY and more Week 3 | US vs. Bolivia in May

Here is everything you need to know about MLS and North American soccer this morning:

Another 401 derby in Montreal

 

A rivalry clash at Stade Saputo between Montreal and Toronto FC (3 pm ET | CTV, TSN, TVAS – Full TV & streaming info) headlines a strong weekend slate. The visiting champs will want to keep a better eye on Impact star Nacho Piatti, who's hit for seven goals in their last seven league clashes. PREVIEW

The Reds have some injury concerns in defense, with both Chris Mavinga and Justin Morrow in doubt for the derby after hobbling out early from their midweek Champions League advancement result at Tigres. READ MORE

Kljestan to debut as Lions visit NYCFC

New York City FC will hope to extend their perfect start when typically contentious 2015 expansion brothers Orlando City invade on Saturday (3:30 pm ET | Univision – Full TV & streaming info). The Lions (2-0-1 on their last three trips to the Bronx) will happily see the debut of Sacha Kljestan, who has a goal and eight assists in nine career games against NYCFC. PREVIEW

At the center of NYCFC's early success lies a talented midfield trio who's collective growth last season has developed into a game-changing force. READ MORE

Red Bulls in Rio Tinto, face Petke for 1st time

RSL coach Mike Petke played and coached RBNY, whom he'll coach against for the first time.

Having started the MLS campaign with a win while also reaching the Concacaf Champions League semis, the New York Red Bulls will make their first road trip of the league season with Saturday night's visit to a winless Real Salt Lake side (9 pm ET | TV & streaming info). The Red Bulls have won just once in 10 prior stops at Rio Tinto, and that came back in 2008. PREVIEW

One might expect the match-up to be significant to RSL boss Mike Petke, but he says it will be just another game facing his former employers. READ MORE

'Caps bring road show to Atlanta

Atlanta United will lay out the welcome mat for Saturday's visit from fast starters Vancouver (7:30 pm ET | TSN – TV & streaming info). It will be the first taste of Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the Whitecaps, who scored a 3-1 home victory in last season's lone meeting. PREVIEW

The local Province outlines how the Whitecaps have become one of the more efficient road sides in the league. READ MORE

Eastern duel in Philly

Columbus will try to continue their perfect start in Saturday's afternoon meeting at Philadelphia (2 pm ET | TV & streaming info). The Union have swing this series in recent years, winning four of the last five games between the two. PREVIEW

With Ola Kamara and Justin Meram out the door this offseason, Columbus are looking for additional offense from anywhere they can get it. Proud to now be one of the faces of the club, Crew SC midfielder Artur is aiming to pitch in more goals this season. READ MORE

Sounders limp into Dallas

Injury-hit Seattle have made one of their least favorite road trips ahead of Sunday's contest at FC Dallas (5 pm ET | TV & streaming info). The hosts are 5-0-3 in their last eight home tilts against Seattle, who haven't won at Toyota Stadium in nearly four years. PREVIEW

Even though the Sounders injury crisis worsened this week, FC Dallas attacker Tesho Akindele is still expecting a tense battle from the away side's stand-ins. READ MORE

Quakes rumble into KC

A pair of 2017 playoff teams coming off victories will clash on Saturday when San Jose drops in on Sporting KC (8:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info). The Earthquakes typically do not enjoy this road trip, having lost 11 of the last 12 meetings in the City of Fountains. PREVIEW

With the team surprisingly winless in their last three at home, Sporting KC winger Johnny Russell says the time to turn Children's Mercy Park back into a fortress is now. READ MORE

Dynamo road leads to D.C.

The weekend MLS card will kick off in the nation's capital, where D.C. United are set for their home opener against Houston (1:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info). The Dynamo have fared well on this road trip in recent years, going 3-1-1 in their last five visits. PREVIEW

The game will be played at the unusual location of the Maryland Soccer Complex, but that doesn't matter to Houston, who are intent on putting 2017 road woes to rest regardless of the site. READ MORE

Can Loons extinguish Fire again?

Fresh off their first win of the season, Minnesota United will look to start a streak in Saturday's home opener against the Chicago Fire (2 pm ET | TV & streaming info). The Loons took last year's only meeting by a 2-1 count. PREVIEW

Though Chicago's seaon-opening home loss was a disappointment, local blog Hot Time in Old Town preferred to take away a few positive notes about the attack from the game. READ MORE

USMNT set Bolivia date in Philly

The US national team has added another friendly to their calendar, with Bolivia set to visit Philadelphia on May 28. READ MORE

Exports: Danny Williams done for the season

One player who won't be available to the USMNT during ther upcoming friendlies is Huddersfield Town midfielder Danny Williams, who has been lost for the remainder of the EPL season after suffering an ankle fracture in training. READ MORE

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