Tuesday’s slate at MLS Back Tournament will be full of action, with two Group A matches in the evening following an important Group B tilt for breakfast. Here is a brief overview of what is expected and why the game can greatly affect each team.
Chicago Fire vs. Seattle Sounders
9:00 ET – ESPN, ESPN Deportes in the US; TSN in Canada
The two sides met during Week 1 of the MLS season – Seattle won 2-1 thanks Jordan Morris‘brace – so we’ve seen a kind of preview. That Fire move to Group B as part of an overhaul of when Nashville and FC Dallas resign, and this fight marks the opening of their tournament. Chicago doesn’t pay much attention schedule changes, while Seattle hopes to repeat the March 1 results. Sounders drawing San Jose, 1-1, in the only Group B match to date, and three points are at a premium for the MLS Cup champions who survived when Chicago tried to end four more months of layoffs with shocking doubts.
NYCFC vs Orlando
20:00 ET – TUDN, Twitter; TSN in Canada
The Cityzens have never won in three MLS matches under head coach Ronny Deila, the midfield maestro Maxi Moralez facing few weeks come out and Alexandru Mitrita may again disappear with injury alone. That makes this close to having to win for NYCFC. Orlando will try to use it in Group A after winning 2-1 Inter Miami to start the tournament handed Oscar Pareja his first win as head coach of the Lions. The 2015 expansion club together has a new leadership, and being able to head in the opposite direction in MLS is the Return Tournament based on Tuesday’s results. Beyond three points, this battle can seal the fate of the two phases of their group.
Philadelphia Union vs Inter Miami
10:30 PM ET – TUDN, Twitter; TSN in Canada
Philadelphia riding a Alejandro Bedoya purpose and clutch Andre Blake saved a 1-0 win over NYCFC, while Miami led early to lose 2-1 against their Florida rivals, Orlando City. That puts all the pressure on Diego Alonso’s group, with the expansion team yet to win in three MLS efforts. Also worth seeing if Rodolfo Pizarro started after the Mexican star rose from the bench in the tournament’s opening match. But Philly is a rising club and a second straight win can move them above Group A and enter the knockout round. They have aspirations to become a person the main MLS team, and Tuesday provided another opportunity to support that goal.
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