Last night, match-winner Chris Rolfe and D.C. United prevailed against the defending Eastern Conference champs from New England, 2-1.
(Unfortunately for the Black and Red, they still play at RFK Stadium. If D.C. is indeed the swampland, Ol' RFK is like Yoda's crappy little hut on Dagobah.)
To their credit, however, the losing Revs got their opener in basically the raddest way possible:
Swagudelo! He's only twenty-two, which is scary.
In the late game, the other defending conference champ went a la basura. Sigi Schmid's Seattle Sounders and current MLS Cup-holders L.A. Galaxy burst out of the gate in lock-step, scoring two first half goals apiece. The Sounders rode a 73rd-minute Erik Friburg strike to an eventual 3-2 victory.
The bang-bang moments are unlikely to cease tonight: Didier "That Man Again" Drogba is playing. Watch the football!
Remember: just like Wednesday, tonight's games are televised in the U.S. on UniMas, which defaults to Spanish language audio. To (1) find your local UniMas station and (2) find out how to switch to English language audio via your system's SAP function, CLICK HERE!
GAME 1: Toronto FC at Montreal Impact
7:00 p.m. ET, Stade Saputo, Montreal, Quebec
Watch on UniMas (USA) and TSN1/4/5 or RDS1 (Canada)
VEGAS SAYS: On the moneyline, Impact +105, Toronto +235
WHY MONTREAL WINS: A certain Ivorian striker has eleven goals in eleven games, and two of those appearances were off the bench. The last time TFC came to the Saputo (this past weekend, in fact) the former Chelsea man scored twice in a 2-1 win. That capped three straight victories to close the regular season.
WHY TORONTO WINS: A certain Atomic Ant nuked the MLS record books this year. His 22 goals led all players. His 15 assists led all players. He's the first man ever to lead the league in both in the same season. Head-to-head with Montreal, TFC leads 5 to 3 in the win column.
PHUN PHACT: Two current Montreal players came up with the club when they were originally "promoted" from the NASL: Evan Bush and Hassoun Camara. On the other sideline, just one Toronto player besides Sebastian Giovinco has earned MLS Player of the Week honors: U.S. striker Jozy Altidore all the way back in Week 1.
POTENT QUOTABLE: Toronto gaffer Greg Vanney: "I think we can’t become a passive team where we’re sitting deep in our half, especially against [Montreal]. We still need to get pressure on their central midfielders and we still need to be accountable to the guys that get up the flanks."
HRB'S PREDICTION: Drogba 2, Giovinco 1; Montreal 3, Toronto 3. Montreal advances on penalties, 5-4.
GAME 2: Sporting Kansas City at Portland Timbers
10:00 p.m. ET, Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
Watch on UniMas (USA) and TSN (Canada)
VEGAS SAYS: On the moneyline, Portland -135, KC +360
WHY PORTLAND WINS: The Timbers are rampant, having scored nine goals in their last two matches to extend their winning streak to three. Did you see the Darlington Nagbe free kick? DID YOU SEE IT?!?
WHY SPORTING KC WINS: Three players on this U.S. Open Cup-winning Sporting side reached double-digit goals in league play, with midfield powerhouse Benny Feilhaber totaling ten goals and fifteen assists. KC leads the overall head-to-head tally with 4W-2L-2D, including a 1-0 decision earlier this year.
PHUN PHACT: This spring, both of these teams defeated New York City 1-0 in the Bronx.
POTENT QUOTABLE: Sporting captain Matt Besler: "[Darlington Nagbe]'s one of the best players in the league, especially when he adds the dimension of scoring goals to his game, like he has the last couple of weeks. He's a player we always have to keep an eye on, and we have to limit his touches."
HRB'S PREDICTION: Timbers 2, Sporting 0.
Just watch the football. It's gonna move! WATCH IT.