MLS Gamethread: Week 8

Soccer is a painful game for Portland these days - Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Someone almost has to win the Houston-Portland match.

The MLS editorial board has given the Sounders the kiss of death, all six picking the team to win this afternoon. Real Salt Lake has also received this treatment, meaning that if the curse continues to apply, neither team will win this weekend. Now, I don't believe in curses. At least, not this kind. (DO NOT EVER step on the baselines).

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Saturday

1:00PM Montreal Impact-Philadelphia Union (Univision) (PHI)

1:00PM DC United-FC Dallas (DAL)

4:30PM Columbus Crew-New York Red Bulls (Draw)

4:30PM New England Revolution-Sporting KC (KC)

6:30PM Real Salt Lake-Vancouver Whitecaps (Draw)

7:30PM San Jose Earthquakes-Chivas USA (CHV))

Sunday

12:00PM Houston Dynamo-Portland Timbers (UniMas)

Game of the Week

This may not seem like an excellent match on the surface: One team hasn't won since week three, the other is still looking for their first victory of the SEASON. Rather than a dearth of talent, it is simply underperforming which holds these two teams back at this point. Any given week could be the one in which they break out and turn into the contenders. Given all the potential firepower on each side, it's hard to imagine that one team doesn't roll one more than the other. And yet, Houston hasn't scored for FIVE HOURS, and Portland has one goal since the 4-4 draw with Seattle. In fact, Portland's goals on that day equal their output the rest of the season. Is this really a Game of the Week? Yes, because I believe someone is going to break their streak today. Bank on Will Bruin for two goals (I know my fantasy team is) in a 2-1 or 3-1 victory in Texas. 
Prediction: HOU

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