New England Revolution left Montreal with a bitter taste as they returned to negative results, while New York City FC look completely transformed after the international break, as they have 3 wins since, and they are coming in hot after an amazing revenge win against the Red Bulls.
Portugal may have not won a single game in the 90 minutes so far in the EURO, but they are at the semi-finals thanks to their coach’s tactical skill in the knock-out matches. On the other hand, Wales have been very impressive so far, they are the biggest surprise in this competition and they will be very hard to overcome.
Italy and Germany are clashing against each other in the third quarter-final of the 2016 EURO Cup, in a match-up that could be considered a premature final. The Germans have been ramping up their efforts in their recent games, but now they must face Italy, who showed that they have what it takes to reach the final after eliminating Spain.
Two teams in totally opposite positions meet on Saturday, when the Houston Dynamo play host to Philadelphia Union. Houston are on a 5-match winless streak in the league and dead last in the Western Conference, but they did qualify to the US Open Cup quarter-finals after recording a solid 3-1 win over Kansas this Wednesday. On the other hand, Philadelphia are leading the Eastern Conference, and they also qualified to the quarter-finals of the US Open Cup by defeating the New York Red Bulls with 2-1.
Chicago Fire are still disappointing in the MLS, but they qualified for the quarter-finals of the US Open Cup, in a match that took place on Tuesday. They seem to be finding chemistry in the offense, but their main problem is their defense. On the other hand, San Jose are in a bad shape at the time, but they managed to escape with one point from the California Derby against L.A. Galaxy.
In their first presence in a EURO ever, Wales have already exceeded the expectations with their presence in the quarter-finals, with their defense and Gareth Bale being the main reasons for their success. After the dissapointing premiere, the Belgians are finally showing some samples of their quality and they are more than ready to make one more step towards the final.
It is now time for the 2016 EURO Cup quarter-finals, and the first match is played between Poland and Portugal. Poland required the penalty shoot-out to overcome Switzerland, while Portugal scored the winning goal at the 27th minute of the extra-time against Croatia. The importance of this match should make both teams extra careful, and I would be surprised if any team risked too much in this game.
Seattle are traveling to Salt Lake to take on the local RSL, for the round of the 16 in the US Open Cup. A strong match is expected, between two teams that are looking to go far in this competition. Seattle’s MLS campaign is in a horrible position, and they could focus on winning the US Open Cup. Anyway, as long as Clint Dempsey is still missing, Seattle have very limited things to show.