Three Big Storylines:
- The Summer Swoon. FC Dallas are already into their standard summer slump and the solstice is not until Sunday, coming into Friday night's match at Colorado Rapids on a five match winless streak with only two nil-nil draws in the last five. The Rapids are winless in three as well, and are currently on pace to challenge the 2014 Chicago Fire Draw record. The Rapids have eight draws from fourteen played and are propping up the Western Conference with a 1.0 PPG (points per game). This is a great chance for one of these teams to change the narrative heading into a busy summer stretch.
- Toronto FC are one of three teams (all the Canadian teams, funny how that works) that did not play midweek in US Open Cup. TFC sport a three game winning streak and the hottest player in MLS in Sebastian Giovinco when they host New York City FC (4 PM PST, Saturday, MLS Live) at expanded BMO Field. Michael Bradley is coming off two outstanding outings for the USMNT in wins at the Netherlands and in Germany (not a typo) and will look to carry over the form into the Gold Cup for a few weeks with TFC. With the Women's World Cup capturing the hearts and minds of soccer fans in Canada, it will be interesting to see if TFC can sell out BMO field. TFC got a break in that Canada plays their round of 16 match on Sunday.
- The standard MLS Sunday National TV doubleheader will be split up this week and made into a triple header. At 2 PM, ESPN2 opens with New England at DC United then we move over to Fox Sports 1. In the regular MLS window, Canada will be hosting Sweden from Vancouver, BC in the Round of 16. Following Canada at Sweden we have a late night MLS game with Sporting KC visiting Real Salt Lake at 7 PM Pacific time. It will be interesting to see the attendance for an 8 PM local time kickoff on a Sunday night in Salt Lake City.
From a Sounders Point of View:
The suddenly shorthanded Sounders are still leading the Supporters' Shield and can get back to the coveted 2.0 PPG mark with a win in the early Saturday game.
The only cross conference matches this week are Vancouver Whitecaps at New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union at LA Galaxy. New York Red Bulls finding their early season form and taking all three points against a road weary Vancouver team would be great. The Union have won three of their last five to climb out of the Eastern Conference cellar. It would be great if they can even get a draw at a Galaxy team that is starting to look healthy.
National TV Listings:
Colorado Rapids v FC Dallas
Friday, 6:00 PM Pacific
Streaming: Univision Deportes
*SAP Button will have English commentary provided by Ramses Sandoval and Paul Caligiuri.
DC United v New England
Sunday, 2:00 PM Pacific
Streaming: Watch ESPN
Adrien Healey and Taylor Twellman on the call.