Join MLSsoccer.com’s Jackie Pickering and Nick Firchau as they travel from LA to Vancouver, checking in on all the West Coast teams, meeting with fans, and stopping into adidas HQ in Portland to pick up the game ball for First Kick on March 15 at Qwest Field.
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There are six days left until the ball starts rolling at First Kick, and the countdown continues with some MLS sixes ...
Southern Hemisphere 6: The number of South Americans who have won the MLS MVP award, including the current MVP, Colombian attacker David Ferreira of FC Dallas.
Original 6, Part 1: The number of original teams to have won the MLS Cup (expansion teams Chicago, Houston and Real Salt Lake have each won at least one Cup, while originals New York, New England and Dallas have no Cup wins).
Original 6, Part 2: The number of original teams to have won the Supporters’ Shield (expansion teams Chicago and Miami have each won the Shield, while originals Colorado, Dallas, New York and New England have never brought it home).
Hollywood 6: Appearances by LA Galaxy in the MLS Cup, the most in the league.
Shot-stopping 6: Number of times the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year has brought home either the MLS Cup or Shield.
Six-ez: Current MLS plays with last names beginning with “Z." They are Steve Zakuani (Seattle), Cesar Zamora and Ben Zemanski (Chivas USA), Jed Zayner (D.C. United), Sal Zizzo (Portland) and Graham Zusi (Kansas City).
Canadian 6: Total goals Jeff Cunningham scored in 16 games with Toronto FC.
A Bunch of 6: Osvaldo Alonso, Nat Borchers, Ousmane Dabo, Julian de Guzman, Jackson Goncalves, Ike Opara, Andy Iro, Shavar Thomas and Ante Jazic will all wear No. 6 this year.
Past 6: Ian Bishop, Jose Burciaga, Danny Pena, Joe Vide and A.J. Wood are on the list of sixes from MLS’ past.
Home 6: The number of soccer-specific stadiums in the Eastern Conference once LIVESTRONG Sporting Park opens in June.
New 6: The number of expansion teams MLS has added since the 2007 season. Along with this year's additions of Portland and Vancouver, there are Toronto FC (2007), San Jose (2008), Seattle (2009) and Philadelphia (2010).