National TV games:
Houston at Sporting KC
NBC Sports Network, 5:00 PM Friday
New England at Toronto FC
MLS Free Steam of the Week, 2:00 PM Saturday
Liverpool FC at Tottenham
NBC Sports Network, 5:30 AM Sunday
New York Red Bulls at DC United
NBC Sports Network, 11:30 AM Sunday
LA Galaxy ‘at' Chivas TBD
Univision Deportes, 5:00 PM Sunday
Three Big Storylines:
- Cascadia Cup and playoff implications galore in Vancouver, via our very own Sidereal and the State of the MLS Run In Portland has already been eliminated from the Cascadia Cup. Portland and Vancouver are also battling it out for the 5th and last playoff spot in the Western Conference. Portland trails Vancouver by two points but Vancouver has a game in hand.
- Toronto hosts New England in what could be a USMNT midfield matchup featuring Michael Bradley taking on Jermaine Jones. Jones might make his New England debut after signing with MLS and being assigned to the Revs via a Blind Draw over the Chicago Fire. While the Jones saga might make a good book someday, it also makes for compelling TV viewing if Jones can make his debut against Bradley.
- The Western Conference title race is going to be won by one of four teams: Seattle, LA Galaxy, FC Dallas or RSL. Each of the challengers to Seattle's second trophy of the year (US Open Cup) has a winnable road match. Dallas is at Chicago, RSL is at San Jose and the Galaxy are technically at Chivas. Form says that twelve points will be earned, but this is MLS and it is never that predictable. Someone is going to leave this weekend feeling they dropped points in the Western Conference race.
From a Sounders perspective we are looking right at point three on your Three Big Storylines and hoping for Chicago, San Jose and Chivas to at least earn a draw. Also look for Houston to start their traditional late season playoff push tonight and get a result at Sporting KC and we are all Red Bulls this weekend. If Thierry Henry can do Thierry Henry things the Red Bulls can win at DC. United is currently second in the Supporter's Shield race through 25 matches played, at some point we will have to take them seriously.
Fun Fact: The Fire have played 24 this season, they have 14 draws. You read that correctly, with only ten matches to go Chicago only need to draw three more and they achieve the elusive 50% draw rate across an entire season.
Great matchups across the league all weekend; enjoy your Week 25 Gamethread.