Here is your weekend MLS Open Thread covering August 15th - 17th.
National TV games:
Three Big Storylines:
- San Jose hosts a Dallas team that has won two in a row and is somehow in third place in the Western Conference. The Quakes debuted new Argentinian DP Matias Perez Garcia against the Galaxy on Friday night and he looked good. Can he repeat the performance?
- The Landon Donovan retirement tour continues in Columbus, the site of Donovan's last significant match for the USMNT. Donovan had a goal and assisted Eddie Johnson in the latest Dos a Cero over Mexico as the USMNT clinched a spot in Brazil. The Crew are below the red line only on goal differential and will be looking to ruin Donovan's farewell tour. Well that is after they throw him what is inevitably going to be a slightly awkward pre-game ceremony.
- How will short rest for your four US Open Cup Semi-Finalists affect their weekend performance? Philly played 120 minutes at Dallas on Tuesday then jaunted across Texas to take on Houston on Friday, while Dallas battles San Jose as covered above. Your Sounders are at RSL in a Wednesday to Saturday turnaround and Chicago goes from getting destroyed at Starfire on Wednesday to Montreal on Saturday, for their sake hopefully Frank Yallop will not have to apologize to the Fire supporters for bad performance twice in one week.
From a Sounders perspective you will probably want to watch the Union versus Dynamo on Friday night keeping the US Open Cup Final on September 16th in mind. And cheer for Toronto to topple Sporting KC, with the softer Eastern Conference schedule we want Sporting to drop points whenever possible for Supporter's Shield implications. Lastly, Tottenham open their season at West Ham United Saturday at 7 AM if you want to see what DeAndre Yedlin has gotten himself into. The match can be seen on the NBC Sports Live Extra ap. I am sure our friends at Cartilage Free Captain will have you covered if you want the Gamethread experience from a Spurs perspective.
On an administrative note, let me know via the comments what you like or dislike from this gamethread and if there is anything you would like me to add for next week. As you might have guessed, I am new here.