August starts a busy month for the MLS that includes the All-Star game against Liga MX All-Stars. This week, teams are playing multiple games, with a mid-week affair and a weekend match.
The All-Star team was announced on Wednesday, and the Seattle Sounders lead all teams with six players selected to take on Mexico's best. Atlanta United's Miles Robinson and New England's Matt Turner, who just led the US Men's National Team to a Gold Cup triumph, were included along with big names Chicharito, Nani and Carlos Vela.
LAFC's Bob Bradley will coach the MLS side for the August 25 game in Los Angeles.
Miami looking for a fourth straight positive result
Inter Miami FC didn't extend their winning streak, but they did follow up Saturday's victory with a draw at Orlando City on Wednesday. Defender Kieran Gibbs, formerly of Arsenal and West Ham United, opened his MLS account with a 66th-minute header to share the points. After losing six games in a row, Miami have a win and two draws in their last three games.
Miami didn't play all that well in Orlando, but they are picking up confidence with each result. However, they had just over 40% possession and were outshot 14-4 in the away game. Nick Marsden turned in his third straight strong outing after conceding five goals in New England on July 21.
This weekend Miami return home and they will have their hands full with third-place Nashville SC, who drew against top-of-the-table New England 0-0 on Wednesday. Nashville have 10 draws in 17 games this season and have conceded just 15 goals.
Gonzalo Higuain is back in form for the Herons, justifying the big salary given by David Beckham. The former Juventus striker has had a hand in six of Miami's last seven goals. With Higuain operating up top and the newcomers filling their roles nicely, this is the best Phil Neville's side have looked all season.
LA Galaxy play on without their stars
LA Galaxy got Sebastian Lletget and Efrain Alvarez back from the Gold Cup but played on Wednesday without the injured Chicharito and Jonathan dos Santos (personal). Alvarez played the role of hero in his return, scoring in the 53rd minute as the Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake 1-0.
Chicharito has returned to training but hasn't played in a game since late June. Without their leading scorer, the Galaxy have three wins, three losses and a draw. Those results have the Galaxy in third place behind Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC.
Next up for the Galaxy is another home game, this time against bottom side Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday night. The teams have split their 2021 match-ups, with Vancouver winning 2-1 on July 17 and the Galaxy coming out on top 2-1 in June.
Planet Sport Bet have the Galaxy at 8/13 to grab the win on Sunday night with Vancouver at 15/4. A draw between the Western Conference sides is 31/10.