April 21, 2016
A look at the upcoming games
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6-5-2, 20 pts) @ Portland Timbers (3-6-3, 12 pts), 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)
The first meeting of the season between the two clubs two weeks ago started a three-game winning streak for Vancouver and a three-game losing streak for Portland. The Whitecaps beat the Timbers 2-1 and since have gone on to a pair of one-goal victories while Portland has lost two more 2-1 games, to Dallas and NYC. Vancouver hasn't lost at home in six games since dropping its opener to Montreal, and Portland hasn't won at all on the road in six games. Portland's biggest vulnerability this season has been its defense. It's allowed 22 goals in 12 games, third-most in the league (it was the most until Saturday's losses by NYC and New England). Vancouver will be without Fraser Aird thanks to his ejection last week in Toronto.
San Jose Earthquakes (5-3-3, 18 pts) @ LA Galaxy (5-1-4, 19 pts), 7 p.m. ET (FS1/FOX Deportes)
Both teams come into their second meeting of the year – again in Carson – after an 11-day break. San Jose, however, played a midweek friendly against Real Sociedad at Avaya Stadium, winning 2-1 in a game in which most of the regulars saw at least some time. Giovani dos Santos has scored a goal or had an assist (five of both total) in each of the Galaxy's last five games, powering its eight-game unbeaten streak. It hasn't lost since March 12. Of its five home games, they've only been held to less than three goals once (a 1-1 draw against Portland on April 10.) San Jose was the one team that kept Los Angeles to a mere three goals in a 3-1 loss on March 19. The Quakes have yet to win away from home this year (0-3-2), scoring more than a goal only once.