MLS Gamethread: Week 24

Cobalt vs Creamsicle - Eric Christian Smith

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The Sounders are the first game on the docket, playing concurrently with quite a few other matches this week. Some important fixtures will be wrapping up shortly after Seattle's game is over. We've had great luck with the results of the teams ahead of the Sounders in the standings. Let's see if it continues today.


Columbus Crew-New York Red Bulls
It's time for me to kill my high hopes for the Columbus Crew. Currently they have only a point on Toronto, the goals aren't coming, and there have been few signs that an offensive turnaround is on the horizon. Up against the Red hot Bulls. Go ahead and stick a fork in 'em, the Crew aren't winning anything short of the Trillium Cup this season.
Prediction: NY
Ideal: CLB

Vancouver Whitecaps-San Jose Earthquakes (Free Stream of the Week)
A vital match for Sounders fans, these two clubs bookend the Rave Green with a total of four points between them. A draw would at the very least keep Seattle's favorable games in hand (two on the Caps, three on the Quakes). Recent form would put San Jose in the win column (winners of their last three, Vancouver winless in same time) but the Caps have a good chance to take the win at home, especially with the possibility of Jay DeMerit back anchoring the line.
Prediction: Draw
Ideal: Draw

Philadelphia Union-DC United (NBCSN)
Along with the Crew and Toronto, you can pretty much call it for United. And they're probably fine with that. In a few weeks, they'll be playing for a trophy regardless, when they travel to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah for the US Open Cup Final. Any league match between now and then will be a warm up, a trial for that match. A win would bring United level with the Sounders for all time Open Cup wins. The Union won't care about any of that, and will probably drop this week's opponent on their faces.
Prediction: PHI
Ideal: DC

Chicago Fire-Montreal Impact
The Impact trajectory couldn't look any worse if it was pointing straight down. And doused in gasoline. Whereas the flames of the Chicago Fire are reaching towards the sky, attempting to put a tendril to that falling carcass and light it aflame. 6 point swingers like these are crucial for the Fire, but at this point it's almost safer to put money on a Chicago playoff berth than it is to bet against them. A fall is possible, but the fire rises.
Prediction: CHI
Ideal: CHI

Sporting KC-New England Revolution
A meaningful match for each teams for different reasons. KC wants back the top seed in the East after losing it last week. A Revolution win puts them back in the playoffs, at least for an hour or two. Home field didn't mean much against the Red Bulls, Sporting Park not appearing to be the fortress it has been in the past. This match is wide open for an upset.
Prediction: Draw
Ideal: NE

Real Salt Lake-Houston Dynamo (Game of the Week)
Unlike their storied Open Cup opponents, Salt Lake doesn't have the luxury of throwing away their regular season matches. Caught up at the top of an intensely competitive Western Conference, the Royals need every point they can get to stay atop the Supporter's Shield standings. Will they be able to shrug off three games in eight days to claim victory against the Dynamo?
Prediction: Draw
Ideal: HOU


FC Dallas-LA Galaxy (ESPN2)
This would have been a premium match a few weeks ago, but now Dallas has dropped from first to worst(ish) and the Galaxy have simply been treading water. It's very possible that neither of these teams will find themselves in the playoffs at the end of the season. For now though, the Galaxy can pull any venue on to national television. It has been nine matches without a win for FC Dallas. I don't see them reaching ten.
Prediction: DAL
Ideal: Draw

Chivas USA-Colorado Rapids (UniMas)
Well this is going to just be a ratings bonanza for UniMas. Two of the @most popular@ clubs in the United States going at it for two hours... Maybe Gabriel Torres will play, and that would be cool to see. He might be good enough to keep the Rapids in the playoffs for the duration. Still, we're talking about the Rapids and the Goats. Will it have the lowest ratings of any nationally televised game this season? Only time will tell.
Prediction: COL
Ideal: CHV

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