MLS Gamethread: Week 7

Let's play "whose disembodied leg is that?" - USA TODAY Sports

Dallas and Toronto headline the setlist this week.

The Sounders take on the final incarnation of Chivas today, at least Chivas as we know them. Chivas seems better than the past, though that hasn't translated to a splendor of points. It's not like they are DC United or anything. Wait, DC is fourth in the East? They have seven points? That can't be right... If they win today they could be tied for first in their conference? Now we are just getting crazy.

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Saturday

1:00PM Philadelphia Union-Houston Dynamo (Draw))

1:00PM Chicago Fire-New England Revolution (NBC Sports) (Draw)

3:00PM Colorado Rapids-San Jose Earthquakes (SJ)

4:00PM Vancouver Whitecaps-LA Galaxy (Draw)

4:30PM Columbus Crew-DC United (Draw)

5:30PM Sporting KC-Montreal Impact (KC)

5:30PM FC Dallas-Toronto FC (MLS Free Stream)

6:30PM Real Salt Lake-Portland Timbers (Root replay at 10:30) (SL)

GAME OF THE WEEK

Despite their loss last week, FC Dallas is still at the top of the table through six games. They will attempt to defend home against a depleted Toronto, missing a number of key players including Jermain Defoe and potentially Michael Bradley. Bradley may still play and is in Dallas, but if he isn't in the starting eleven a big chunk of Toronto's core will be watching the game on CCTV. The injury list isn't pretty. Last week Toronto hosted the Colorado Rapids and lost 2-0, a scoreline that doesn't bode well against the fearsome firepower of FC Dallas which scored on a fluke bounce and a PK in their loss to Seattle. Huh, starting to rethink my GOTW choice right about now... In all seriousness though, Bradley sightings won't significantly alter the potential for entertainment in this Texas-sized matchup.

Prediction: Dallas

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