A Look at MLS: Highlighting Matchday 6 of 2024

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After the first month of MLS play, there have been shocking results. Some teams are starting to assert their dominance, others are being pulled into different directions managing multiple competitions; and still, some have totally underachieved. Matchweek 6 showcased this and kicked off the second month of the season!

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MLS Matchday 6 Highlights

MLS Matchday 6 was played all on a Saturday and was the first week where teams had to deal with players being away with their national teams. MLS does not break for FIFA international windows, and thus their teams have to manage being without many players during weeks when points are up for grabs. Montreal was the lone team who had a bye on matchday 6, the rest of the teams played highly entertaining matches.

The Afternoon Slate

The first bit of action came in the afternoon slate, as two games kicked off the week. Four eastern conference sides battled the elements and players being away for international duty. The games were wet and wild; let’s Look back on all the action from last week!

New England 1 – 1 Chicago

New York 4 – 0 Miami

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi (10) dribbles the ball under pressure from Orlando City midfielder Martín Ojeda (11) and Orlando City defender Rafael Santos (3) during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The Primetime Slate

The primetime slate saw eight matches played! Every match had at least a goal in them, and four of the 16 teams playing were shut out. It was yet another great night of MLS, leading into an even crazier late-night slate of matches!

Charlotte 2 – 0 Columbus

Cincinnati 1 – 0 NYCFC

Orlando 2 – 0 Austin

Toronto 2 – 0 Atlanta

Vancouver 1 – 2 Salt Lake

Kansas City 2 – 3 Los Angeles

St. Louis 2 – 2 DC

Colorado 0 – 1 Houston

Referee Scott Bowman, left, shows a yellow card to Toronto FC defender Kevin Long (5) while Atlanta United forward Tyler Wolff (28) looks on during first-half MLS soccer match action in Toronto, Saturday, March 23, 2024. (Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Late Night Slate

The final three matches of MLS Matchday 6 saw 14 goals scored! It was peak MLS after dark, and rounded out a great week of action in the league that never stops: MLS.

LAFC 5 – 0 Nashville

Portland 1 – 3 Philadelphia

San Jose 3 – 2 Seattle

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Seattle Sounders defender Nouhou Tolo, right, and Los Angeles FC midfielder Timothy Tillman, left, fight for a ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Takeaways from MLS Matchday 6

Week 6 of MLS in 2024 was the first one where teams were shorthanded due to players playing well. Some teams won and others lost without their stars, and we are beginning to see which teams are for real after playing four, five, or six matches.

In the east, there are five teams with double-digit points; Cincinnati (11), Miami (10), New York (10), Columbus (10), and Toronto (10) have all impressed early on in this MLS Season. Just one team out west has hit double-digits, Minnesota (10), with Los Angeles being right behind them with nine points.

Week six was also the final week with the replacement referees being at the helm. The real refs return to the pitch on Matchday 7 after agreeing to new CBA terms. While some teams have put some nice play together, it is curious to see how MLS as a league continues to grow into the second month of the season with referees who have not been on the field yet. Matchday 7 will be played out on Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31!

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FILE – Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber speaks during a ceremony honoring Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or trophy, before Inter Miami’s club friendly soccer match against New York City FC, Nov. 10, 2023, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Garber outlined the MLS’ successes in an interview last week with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

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