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MLS Gamethread: Week 10

Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy is our Game of the Week

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While the attention of most of the United States is focused on the riveting action and spectacular plays of the NFL Draft, we will just be over here enjoying some actual sportsball. Why watch old footage of guys running around chasing balls and making tackles when you can watch NEW footage of those things?

Get a good look at all the National Team players this week, because they'll be vanishing after this game.

(oh, and don't mind this draft tracker app I've got open. I read it for the articles).

  • The home team will always be the one named first.
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  • Normal parenthesis are my match picks.
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1:00PM Philadelphia Union-DC United (PHI)

1:00PM Montreal Impact-Sporting KC (Univision Deportes) (Draw)

4:00PM New York Red Bulls-Chicago Fire (NY)

4:00PM Columbus Crew-Vancouver Whitecaps (Draw)

7:30PM San Jose Earthquakes-FC Dallas (Draw)


11:30AM Portland Timbers-LA Galaxy (NBC Sports) (POR)

12:00PM Colorado Rapids-Chivas USA (UniMas) (COL)

4:00PM Houston Dynamo-Real Salt Lake (SL)

Game of the Week

It doesn't surprise that the Galaxy are struggling this year. Their eight points through six matches doesn't get them into the playoff zone as of right now, despite having only given up five goals. Their offense has been anemic, and they are still waiting for Landon Donovan to make history. Does that make it a good time to face a team that has given up more goals than they've scored in the Timbers? Maybe, but Portland got their first win of the year last week off of a stoppage-time redeemer. There's talk in LA that Omar Gonzalez might be out after the World Cup. Will the Galaxy be able to find someone who can bring his presence on the back line? Is the "dynasty" over? Or are they just waiting for Donovan and Robbie Keane to hit their high gears?

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