MLS Gamethread: Week 20

IT'S GONNA BLOW! - USA TODAY Sports

Seattle vs San Jose is the free stream, and the only national game is Portland hosting LA on NBCSN.

Already missed a match, as the league scheduled a rare Friday fixture for Philadelphia hosting Chivas. The result (Union victory) was as predictable as a Civil War reenactment, but the way it happened was a little more surprising, as Chivas got pretty hard-done by the referee. Players are usually given the benefit of the doubt on back passes, but not here. The ensuing free kick goal broke a late 1-1 tie and lead to a 3-1 Philly win.

Saturday
4:00pm
New York Red Bulls-Montreal Impact
Sanna Nyassi won't be playing in this one after being suspended for diving in his last match, so the club that once was Sounders East no longer has much of a Seattle influence, at least not this weekend. Montreal are still the team to beat in the east, three points up on NY with two games in hand.
Prediction: MON
Ideal: Draw

4:30pm
New England Revolution-Houston Dynamo
We've been lucky the past few weeks, typically getting matches between clubs on either side of the playoff line. There's no exception here, as the Revs play for Houston's postseason spot. Neither team has been involved in many high scoring affairs this season, but we've seen the Revolution release the hounds against some of the top sides MLS has to offer.
Prediction: NE
Ideal: Draw

5:30pm
Sporting Kansas City-Toronto FC
Toronto has made it terribly difficult to write original blurbs each week. They're going to play a better team, and they're probably going to lose. In fact, Kansas City will probably put three on them, even with their new defender (Danny Califf retired so he wouldn't have to be embarrassed in this match). The Reds have actually played with some strong effort despite their record, and they might keep it close through a half.
Prediction: KC
Ideal: TOR

6:00pm
FC Dallas-Real Salt Lake (GAME OF THE WEEK)
If you can watch only one (other) MLS game this week, make it this one. FC Dallas was at the top of the MLS class for some sixteen weeks before Salt Lake took their helm. A Dallas win brings it neck and neck, while Salt Lake victory would put them way out in the lead for the top West seed (and perhaps the Supporter's Shield). Not bad for a club that missed the playoffs and another that was supposedly in a "rebuilding" year. Anything is possible with Nick Rimando in the back.
Prediction: RSL
Ideal: Draw

8:00pm
Portland Timbers-LA Galaxy (NBCSN)
The Timbers look to get back on track after their second loss of the season, against one of the top teams in the West. Jeld-Wen will surely be cracking (get it? Because it's glass) for the nationally televised night game, and goals can be expected with Robbie Keane in the house. It's a hard one to predict, because neither of these teams are all that predictable. In this one, I think tie goes to the home team.
Prediction: POR
Ideal: Draw

Sunday
4:00pm
Vancouver Whitecaps-Chicago Fire
The Whitecaps are hotter now than at perhaps any other time in their history, and if "The Dark Knighton" can continue to play the way he did against Seattle, Vancouver could start to look like the team to beat in the Western Conference. They can score, they have depth, and their defense is good enough. Teams have won championships with less.
Prediction: VAN
Ideal: CHI

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