Three Big Storylines:
- Six Months. The Colorado Rapids are happy that they are the featured Friday game on UniMas (see below for listings and streaming link) because Saturday will mark the six month anniversary of their last goal in an MLS match, score in this match and no one will ever be able to refer to the great six month drought of Mastroeni (That would be first time manager Pablo Mastroeni). To be fair the Rapids defense has been very good this year only allowing one goal in four matches. Clint Irwin is enjoying a good start to the year in net. FC Dallas are looking to get back on track after losing in Portland last weekend where the story after the match was all about tissues. This game kicks off at 6 PM local time on a Friday night in Frisco. FC Dallas attendance has been trending up for some time now; it will be interesting how the unorthodox 6 PM first kick effects attendance at kickoff and as the game progresses.
- With the Sounders playing on Sunday there are six MLS matches on Saturday to keep your attention. Opening with Columbus Crew, fresh off a 2-2 draw in Vancouver on Wednesday, travelling to New England Revolution (Noon PST, MLS Live) and closing with the Whitecaps down the coast in San Jose playing the Earthquakes in their new
Longest Bar in North Americastadium (7:30 PM PST, MLS Live).
- As a precursor to your Sounders playing the Galaxy (this is not the gamethread you are looking for) the Portland Timbers host Orlando City SC. Orlando is quickly becoming the team that plays entertaining soccer and at times dominates the game but does not win. That sounds a lot like the early years of the Caleb Porter era in Portland. Kaka has been worth the price of MLS Live to watch his start in Orlando and this should be a particularly entertaining game on national television. After featuring the train wreck known as the Rais Mbolhi show (Philadelphia Union) for three straight weeks on national TV, MLS has got it right in Week Six with three entertaining matches.
From a Sounders Point of View:
With a Double Game Week and two winnable games the Whitecaps had a chance to run off and hide with the Western Conference points lead for a while. But they only managed a 2-2 draw with Columbus on Wednesday, so this match at San Jose takes less significance. By Saturday night the Whitecaps will the three games in hand over the Sounders but from a Sounders point of view we will probably be cheering for Avaya stadium to have that new stadium smell and propel the home team to a win or even a draw.
It would be nice to see Orlando City find their scoring boots, and finish all the chances Kaka and company are creating. What better place to get on track than in Portland? With the season being early all the teams are still shaking themselves out as to who they are going to be. At this point it's mostly about accumulating points and the Sounders can do that to cap off the MLS weekend in LA. Oh and the Rapids taking three points in Dallas would be nice as well.
National TV Listings:
Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas
Friday, 4 PM Pacific, UniMas*
* SAP Button will have on site English commentary provided by Ramses Sandoval and Paul Caligiuri.
Orlando City SC at Portland Timbers
Sunday, 2 PM Pacific, ESPN2
Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman