7:00pm Portland Timbers-Colorado Rapids (NBCSN)
Both clubs in this match are really on the brink of the playoff picture. Picture survivors of the zombie apocalypse perched precariously on the top off an abandoned bus, with hordes of the undead all around. Above is a dangling rope from a high building, but it only has weight for one. The team that reaches the rope gives themselves a terrific shot of being among those five teams who reach the safehouse. A tie, and they both go falling into a sea of rotted flesh, with anyone's guess as good as the next who comes out alive, if anyone.
11:00am Montreal Impact-Vancouver Whitecaps (Univision)
The Whitecaps will attempt to take revenge for the finale of the Canadian championship earlier this year, while simultaneously try to keep their playoff hopes alive against one of the top teams in the East. Vancouver's postseason is almost dead as it is, and they can no longer afford to drop points. Their only chance is to keep Marco Di Vaio off the board, and hope one falls in on the other end.
1:00pm Toronto FC-Sporting KC (Free Stream of the Week)
It's never a sure thing to bet on the road team in the 2013 MLS season. That said, we're looking at one of the most lopsided (points-wise) matchups of the weekend. Toronto will be expected to name some new DPs after the season, but for now, they are still Toronto.
4:30pm New England Revolution-DC United
I said "one of the most lopsided" matchups for the TOR-KC match because this one is the real winner in that category. New England versus DC. At the beginning of the season, one may not have been crazy to think these roles would have been reversed. Now the young playoff contender will likely beat down the underachieving vets on football lines as both wait for new stadiums to be built.
4:30pm Columbus Crew-Chicago Fire
Perhaps this weekend the Fire will go into Crew Stadium and set the scoreboard ablaze, allowing Columbus to start their offseason preparations early. Or maybe Mike Magee and company will allow themselves to fall back out of their playoff spot. They deserve to be playing in December based on recent form, but haven't always won the games they should. Time to make a statement.
5:30pm Houston Dynamo-Chivas USA
These games against terrible teams are no fun to write for. Maybe I should just stop blurbing Dynamo matches. I kidd, I kidd! In all honesty though, this isn't "Game of the Week" material. May Servando Carrasco be the difference in this one?
6:00pm Real Salt Lake-San Jose Earthquakes
Games like this are the reason why Seattle can't be content with its point total and games in hand. Their SS competition have some cupcake games left on the schedule, like this one. Expect Salt Lake to smash the lowly Earthquakes by multiple goals. After all, they can't score and they can barely defend themselves. RSL does have the Open Cup final coming up, but I don't see them sitting their starters until they have a comfy lead.
2:00pm New York Red Bulls-FC Dallas (UniMas)
What happens when an unstoppable force meets a gelatinous object? The unstoppable force wins. So Dallas will fly up to Harrison and take on the Red Bulls, and so they will lose to a couple of well-placed Thierry Henry goals, effectively ending Dallas' playoff hopes. And after they were the West leaders by a mile early in the season. They and the Sounders are great examples of why panicking or celebrating early in the season is meaningless.