Three Big Storylines:
- The new national TV contract is kicking into full gear this weekend as both entities with options to show a double header have elected to do so on the same weekend. UniMas has two games on Friday night and Fox Sports has smartly decided to add the
Battle for BoiseEvergreen Derby (okay, the naming convention is still up for debate) to their slate to cap off the weekend. MLS moved the Montreal Impact match against San Jose to late in the season to accommodate their Concacaf Champions League Final games. So the offshoot of five games on national TV is that there are only 4 games on Saturday affording the weekend a unique rhythm.
- Friday night sees NYCFC travel to Chicago Fire. This game is being played at 7 PM local time on a Friday. Get your Fire attendance jokes all queued up for Friday night. The Fire attendance has been on a downward trend, it might have something to do with the Fire drawing over half their matches last year, and a Friday night kickoff in Bridgeview will be pretty hard for the team to fill the stands. The nightcap features Colorado hosting FC Dallas in a rematch from two weeks ago where Colorado broke their almost 6 month scoreless drought (not a typo, it was a few days shy of six months between league goals) by shellacking FC Dallas 4-0 in Dallas, also on a Friday night. The Rapids will be looking to continue their Friday night dominance over FC Dallas.
- There are two particularly good matches on MLS Live on Saturday. Renewed Western Conference rivals Sporting KC head to Houston Dynamo (5:30 PM pst MLS LIVE). Benny Feilhaber recently dropped some bulletin board material on Houston that will surely have the rivalry humming. To finish the night the Vancouver Whitecaps host surprising DC United (7:30 PM pst MLS Live) at BC Place to finish off MLS's Saturday schedule. For two seasons now Vancouver is the highly entertaining team that you can not figure out why they do not have more points, while DC United are the perplexing squad that you can not figure out how they have so many points.
From a Sounders Point of View:
NY Red Bulls host LA Galaxy to kickoff the Sunday triple header, Sounders fans always like to see the Galaxy drop points and even better if it is to an Eastern Conference opponent. NYRB is undefeated on the season so not only do they have a chance, but they are the favorites. In that line of thinking, DC United continuing their strong start in Vancouver would be nice. Lastly, New England Revolution have Jermaine Jones back for his second game of the season and Sounders fans are hoping the Revs can get on track and take three points at home against RSL on Saturday (4:30 PM pst MLS LIVE).
National TV Listing:
NYCFC at Chicago Fire
Friday, 5:00 PM Pacific
FC Dallas at Colorado Rapids
Friday, 7:00 PM Pacific
*SAP Button will have on site English commentary provided by Ramses Sandoval and Paul Caligiuri for one game and a new as yet undisclosed commentary team for the second.