MLS Gamethread: Week 22

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The stream of the week is a cracker: Columbus visits Toronto

11:00am
Toronto FC-Columbus Crew (Stream of the Week)
MLSsoccer usually doesn't skimp on the Stream of the Week, supplying good matchups for potential MLS Live subscribers. This, unfortunately, isn't one of those weeks.
Prediction: CLB
Ideal: Draw

4:00pm
Colorado Rapids-LA Galaxy (ESPN2)
The Galaxy appear to be falling back down to earth, especially in the absence of an injured Robbie Keane. Not saying it will happen, but the Rapids could very easily pull off an upset in the mountains.
Prediction: Draw
Ideal: Draw

4:00pm
DC United-New England Revolution
There's a new stadium planned for the capital, but for the time being MLS' most storied team will continue to play in the rat nest that is RFK. A stadium which, in its own way, supplies a couple avenues of home field advantage. After all, the dead racoon smell can't bother you if you smell it 17 times a year. For the time being, these are the two clubs with the worst home field situation in MLS.
Prediction: NE
Ideal: DC

4:00pm
New York Red Bulls-Real Salt Lake
Salt Lake is the hottest team in the league, capable of beating any club right now. But can they keep up with Thierry Henry's new arm tattoos? I think not.
Prediction: SL
Ideal: NY

4:00pm
Montreal Impact-Sporting KC (TSN2) (Game of the Week)
I didn't even realize that there was a TSN2. Regardless, the matchup deserves to be on TSN1. Which I guess would just be TSN. The two top teams in the East facing off means that someone is going to drop points. Montreal already has two games in hand; a victory would put them just one point off first place. It all depends on how well rested the Canadian club is, capable of scoring six goals when they've got off to bed by eight.
Prediction: Draw
Ideal: Draw

4:00pm
Vancouver Whitecaps-Philadelphia Union
Vancouver has won four of their last six, up against a club with two victories in the same period. Jay DeMerit has returned to practice, but won't be going in this one. Mac n Jack will have opportunities to slip in behind the Caps defense, but Vancouver ultimately pulls it out against the cross country trippers.
Prediction: VAN
Ideal: PHI

6:00pm
Houston Dynamo-Chicago Fire (NBCSN)
This may have looked like a good matchup to start the seasons, but now it might not be the ratings boom NBC envisioned when it went on the schedule. Chicago isn't so far off of Houston's playoff spot, but beating the orange is going to be a little more difficult than that.
Prediction: HOU
Ideal: Draw

7:30pm
San Jose Earthquakes-Portland Timbers (Root)
Sometimes teams fall into ruts, or patterns. They can run for a while. The Timbers have been winning every other game for weeks, and according to that schedule Portland will go on the road and kick San Jose's flopping tush to the turf. Not surprising, considering the comparative ability of the two clubs.
Prediction: POR
Ideal: Draw

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