Comment and Analysis
The Brazilian star opened the scoring in a preseason win over Saint Louis FC, marking the inaugural goal at Orlando City Stadium.
Following a disappointing 2016, the Earthquakes retooled their attack and center backs in hopes of finally returning to the MLS postseason.
TFC came within inches of winning MLS Cup in 2016, and the team is well-built to take aim at the league's biggest prize in 2017.
The Columbus Crew enter the new season with a retooled roster after following up their conference title in 2015 with a lackluster campaign last year.