Three Big Storylines:
- There is a double header of home games in New York over the weekend. Friday's UniMas match sees the Red Bulls host San Jose on national TV in beautiful Red Bull Arena. On Sunday national TV returns to New York with NYCFC hosting Portland in Yankee Stadium. NYCFC hosted the Philadelphia Union on Thursday in the unconventional Thursday to Sunday double. Was this the first strange bit of the schedule due to Yankee Stadium availability? NYCFC will be looking for three points after giving up the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with the Union in the 86th minute. Knowing Portland, another draw is not out of the question.
- Mauro Diaz returns for FC Dallas after missing the last two games due to fatigue and not injury. It was unclear what was wrong with Diaz, now we know that Oscar Pareja was taking a conservative, okay very conservative, approach with his most important player. Michael Bradley will take a quick trip from San Antonio, where he captained the USMNT to the latest 2-0 win over Mexico on Wednesday, to join his Toronto FC teammates in Dallas for this Saturday matchup. With Jozy Altidore not playing for the USMNT because of a red card, expect a rested Toronto team looking to attack against FC Dallas that has Diaz back and likely is getting Matt Hedges back as well. This should be a good litmus test for both teams in their only meeting of the year. (MLS Live 5:30 PM PST)
- Two interesting Western Conference matches finish up Saturday's MLS action. Vancouver is at RSL and Sporting KC is visiting the Galaxy. Sporting KC is actually ahead of the Galaxy in the early table with 9 points from 6 played while the Galaxy have 8 from 6. Vancouver was the toast of MLS only a week ago, then they earned one point in a double game week last week with a home draw to Columbus Crew SC (Yes, that is their preferred full name. Re-branding is the best!) and a loss at San Jose last Saturday. These will be two good matches to turn on following the Seattle Sounders at Colorado Rapids.
From a Sounders Point of View:
It would be nice if the Eastern Conference started taking three points from Western Conference opponents. To that end we are cheering for the New York Red Bulls to blank the Earthquakes, DC United to handle Houston at home, the aforementioned Toronto FC to take three points over FC Dallas, and NYCFC to take all three points at home against Portland.