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Three Big Storylines:
- Portland hosts Vancouver with Cascadia Cup and playoff implications. With the Rapids imploding (they have one point in their last eight matches) the fifth and last Western Conference playoff spot will go to a lesser Cascadia team. Our very own Sidereal has the latest Cascadia Cup permutations in his excellent State of the MLS Run In post. Vancouver is one point ahead of Portland both with six matches to play.
- Just like this week's Goal of the Week voting (Lamar Neagle), the voters got the MLS Free Stream of the Week right when they voted in Dallas visiting the Galaxy. The Galaxy are at full strength and Donovan is only three assists shy of Steve Ralston for the MLS career record. We all know that Donovan has 4 chances to get those three assists as the Galaxy finish with two matches against Chad Marshall.
- The overall Eastern Conference Playoff race is the third Big Storyline. The Union come off a heartbreaking loss on Tuesday and host a Houston squad that is five points out of the playoffs but with a game in hand. The Dynamo always make a late run, but is it too late this year? The Revs have won five in a row and have vaulted to third in the East behind Lee Nguyen's scorching form, they travel to Columbus where the Crew are only ahead of the Union for the fifth playoff spot on goal differential.
From a Sounders point of view, we are all
Dallas Burn FC Dallas fans. The Cascadia Cup will be earned with a win over Vancouver at home on Friday October 10th regardless of the result in Portland on Saturday. So if you want to lump more indignation on our neighbor's to the South, feel free to cheer for Vancouver with that in mind. RSL still retain a 1.1% chance at the Supporter's Shield, with a Rapids win that effectively becomes 0%.
Great matchups across the league all weekend; enjoy your Week 28 Gamethread.