MLS: Week 17 talking points

Toronto FC

Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley

A day after United States’ heart-wrenching loss to Belgium, the 17th week of the 2014 MLS season kicks off.

The return of US stars after a fairly successful campaign in Brazil will surely be welcomed by the coaches, teammates and fans. Brad Davis has a huge task as he’ll attempt to lift Houston Dynamo back to glory, while Clint Dempsey will return to a team that never skipped a beat without him.

On Wednesday, the twitter voting for the 2014 MLS All-Star game began. Fans are to vote for their players on the social network media by types their first and last name and using the hashtag #MLSAllStar.

Can Erick Torres and Jermain Defoe take advantage of a double week?

Both Chivas USA and Toronto FC play twice this week, which means MLS faithful’s get to watch two of the most exciting scorers attempt to keep their scoring streak alive.

Chivas has picked up four points from its last two games because “El Cubo” has scored in both games. The first came in 1-1 draw with LA Galaxy and the second was a Goal of the Year contender against Real Salt Lake.

In just nine games this season, Defoe’s name has been on the scoreboard eight times. The English Premier League legend has been unstoppable since he moved to Canada. His probability of scoring a goal this week rises because of the return Michael Bradley ‒ that is if the head coach decides to play the American.

Can Montreal Impact’s newfound offense unravel Chivas USA’s vulnerable defense?

Chivas’ defense leaks goals, everybody knows that, but what might surprise a few is that Montreal hasn’t been a goal scoring machine this season. However, that changed last week against the Houston Dynamo.

The Impact scored three unanswered goals in a relatively easy victory. Jack McInerney was the star, scoring two goals, including this golazo, but most importantly, Marco Di Vaio finally scored his second goal of the season.

There is no denying the fact that McInerney is the future of American soccer, which is why it’s relieving to see that he is enjoying his football in Montreal. His combination with Di Vaio still needs some polishing, but the two seem to be clicking. And Justin Mapp’s presence has definitely helped their chemistry.

The experienced Italian and young American are in-form, which should make them a nightmare matchup for Western Conference bottom dwellers. However, the morale is high among Chivas’ players because they shutout RSL.

Who will triumph in the Cascadia Cup battle?

Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps meet again, and this time both Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins might suit up together. Dempsey is returning from the World Cup and Martins is eligible to play after missing last week’s victory against DC United because of a red card he picked up against Chicago Fire.

The last game between these teams was a thriller, and this match promises to be more exciting. Vancouver can continue to climb up the table with a victory, while Seattle is looking to increase its double digit lead at the top of the Western Conference.

Deandre Yedlin might also be available for selection after his impressive World Cup campaign.