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MLS Weekend, How to watch MLS in Week 11. TV and streaming listings

A doubleheader Friday, the Galaxy head to Orlando and DC United get a scheduled break in Philly to headline MLS Week 11. National TV Listings, Three Big Storylines and the Sounders Point of View. Here is your Week 11 Gamethread.

It's time for Kaka to step up and take three points against the Galaxy.
It's time for Kaka to step up and take three points against the Galaxy.
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Three Big Storylines:

  1. Another Friday night doubleheader on Univision! This is the fourth of five consecutive Friday night doubleheaders. Both New York teams are in action on Friday. New York City FC host the Chicago Fire in the opener. Things are not going well for NYCFC, and New York could very well turn on the expansion side, or worse just stop caring, if things do not turn around. Chicago is on a two match losing streak following their three match winning streak which followed their three match losing streak to open the season. After drawing 18 out of 34 games in 2014, at least the Fire have zero draws through eight matches this season. Yankee stadium always provides an interesting viewing experience, so at least we have that. In a better matchup, the better New York team travels to FC Dallas, where the New York Red Bulls will try to disrupt the burgeoning Western Conference hegemony over the Eastern Conference teams.
  2. Is it time to start talking about the Montreal Impact? After an improbable run to the CCL finals they have still only played five league matches and earned just a paltry two points. With another unlikely comeback on Wednesday in the Canadian Championshipthey knocked out Toronto FC via the away goals rule on an 84' goal by Dominic Odurothey again have outside distractions with the Canadian Championship on the horizon. Montreal hosts Real Salt Lake on Saturday (1 PM Pacific, MLS Live) and really needs the three points. It will be curious to see if they can get up for a regular league match.
  3. DC United have 21 points from 10 games played, putting them at a robust 2.1 PPG. United travel down to Philly to take on the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, in a game Fox Sports 1 probably wishes they had flex scheduling for. DC United keep earning results and their schedule is helpful; is it too early to make them the favorites for the Supporters' Shield? The other Sunday game sees Orlando City SC hosting the LA Galaxy. Reports are that Orlando City have sold 33,000 tickets as of Friday and were making more tickets available.
  4. Bonus 4th storyline: While most people on this site will be watching the Sounders take on Vancouver at 4 PM, New England Revolution v. Toronto FC (4:30 PM Pacific, MLS Live) should be interesting. Seeing Michael Bradley take on Jermaine Jones will be a compelling clash.

From a Sounders Point of View:

Do you like Sacha Kljestan? A fan of Dax McCarty? Do you think Jesse Marsch should be MLS coach of the year? Well the Sounders fans are with you. New York Red Bulls taking points off a suddenly on fire FC Dallas team would be great. Houston Dynamo are hosting the Portland Timbers. A Dynamo win would be cool, but if Draw City does their thing that would be fine as well. And on Sunday, we are all Orlando City fans when they host the Galaxy. Kaka, this is your time to shine. Because it is a Sunday National TV game, this match will be available live in Brazil.  Do your thing, Kaka.

National TV Listings:

New York City FC v Chicago Fire
Friday, 4:00 PM Pacific
TV: Univision Deportes*
Streaming: Univision Deportes

FC Dallas v New York Red Bulls **
Friday, 6:00 PM Pacific
TV: Univision Deportes*
Streaming: Univision Deportes

*SAP Button will have English commentary provided by Ramses Sandoval and Paul Caligiuri. Both matches will be called out of the studio by this announcer team.

Orlando City SC v LA Galaxy
Sunday, 2:00 PM Pacific
TV: ESPN2
Streaming: Watch ESPN
Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman

Philadelphia Union v DC United
Sunday, 4:00 PM Pacific
TV: Fox Sports 1
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
John Strong and Alexi Lalas

**We are 11 weeks into the MLS season and the new national TV broadcast windows. After a steady start to the season for Univision, where we all learned about the SAP button,  the quality of the English commentary has deteriorated on the Univision Deportes feed. As much as I want to give Paul Caligiuri the benefit of the doubt (we will always have Trinidad and Tobago in 1989 Paul!), the broadcast is sometimes hard to listen to. Now, there is another option. The guys from the Best Soccer Show and Soccer Morning are using something called Rabble TV to do a running commentary of the game. Here is the link if you are inclined to give it a try

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