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MLS Gamethread: Mid-Week 24

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Your CCL heavy MLS mid-week Gamethread and National TV listings.

CCL needs more Sounders.
CCL needs more Sounders.
Hans Maximo Musielik

National TV games:

Portland Timbers at Alpha United
Fox Soccer Plus, 5:00 PM Tuesday

Bayamon FC at Club America
UDN (That's Univision Deportes), 5:00 PM Tuesday

Sporting KC at Real Esteli
Fox Soccer Plus and UDN, 7:00 PM Tuesday

Waterhouse FC at DC United
Fox Sports 2, 5:00 PM Wednesday

Three Big Storylines:

  1. With the Sounders home match covered very well on this site the only other MLS match is LA Galaxy at Colorado.  Colorado just lost Drew Moor to an ACL tear and are also without Shane O'Neill.  The Galaxy were run off the pitch in Columbus on Saturday but face a very short handed Rapids here.  There have been no reports of a Landon Donovan pregame ceremony by the Rapids, after it worked so well for The Crew you thought that might become a thing?
  2. With only two MLS matches midweek, the focus is mostly on Concacaf Champions League.   Remember how we were all embarrassed that DC United qualified for CCL by winning the US Open Cup despite having the worst season in the history of MLS?  Well it does not look that bad now.  Eddie Johnson is currently serving a two match suspension in MLS play, expect Johnson to feature against Waterhouse FC.  Waterhouse is from Kingston, Jamaica.
  3. Portland play their first ever CCL match and they have to fly to South America to do it.  The Timbers take on Alpha United on a cricket pitch in Guyana.  For reasons unknown to many, Guyana is part of Concacaf and not Conmebol.  While it is 4,700 miles from Guyana to Portland, they are taking a charter plane directly from New England and then back to Portland.

Portland's Trip:

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From a Sounders perspective you will want to cheer for the Rapids.  The Galaxy are seven points behind the Sounders but they have a game in hand.  Anytime the Galaxy, RSL and now Dallas drop points is a good thing.  Other than that it depends on your attitude towards cheering other MLS teams on in CCL.

I had to stretch to find National TV Listings for this post.  Fox Soccer Plus is not exactly a channel that a lot of people have.  Univision Deportes is probably going to end up being your best bet if you want to follow CCL.  Most games are also available to stream on Fox Soccer 2 Go.   Not to shill for Fox Soccer, but the Fox Soccer 2 Go app currently has a 7 day free trial if you are so inclined.