MLS Gamethread: Week 11

Things got awkward when the conjoined twins were drafted by different teams - Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Fire host Sporting KC in the Game of the Week

With all the stars out to play on soccer's biggest stage, picking the game of the week becomes a bit more murky. Toronto vs Red Bulls looks good until one remembers that Michael Bradley and Tim Cahill won't be in Canada. What about LA vs Houston? Oh, no Brad Davis or Omar Gonzalez. Perhaps the team hit hardest by the calls was Real Salt Lake, now without Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, and Alvaro Saborio. Given all these absences, my game of the week will be...
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Saturday

1:30PM Toronto FC-New York Red Bulls (NY)

4:00PM Philadelphia Union-New England Revolution (NE)

4:00PM DC United-Montreal Impact (DC)

5:30PM FC Dallas-Chivas USA (Draw)

5:30PM Houston Dynamo-LA Galaxy (HOU)

6:30PM Real Salt Lake-Colorado Rapids (MLS Free Stream) (COL)

7:30PM Portland Timbers-Columbus Crew (Root) (Draw)

Sunday

12:00PM Chicago Fire-Sporting KC (UniMas) (Draw)

Game of the Week

Even Kansas City is missing some key players. Graham Zusi and Matt Besler have joined the USA in their quest for glory. That might bring KC down enough for Chicago to collect their second win in a row. Besler is insult to injury, with KC's Aurelien Collin and Ike Opara both out with injuries. Chicago just came after a five goal performance against the New York Red Bulls, and their own defensive woes would indicate that this will be a high-scoring game. It's a good week to start Mike Magee or Quincy Amarikwa on your fantasy team.

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