Three Big Storylines:
- Rivalry Week. It's Rivalry Week in MLS. And depending on the level of cynicism you live with, that is either A- A cheap marketing ploy by the league headquarters that has no place in "The Beautiful Game" or B- Hey, that's kind of cool they create a line of demarcation to point out the run-in to the playoffs really starts now with all these traditional rivalries. And Orlando City SC v Chicago Fire (MLS Live, 4:30 PM Saturday). They can't all be big rivalry games apparently.
- The San Jose Earthquakes host the LA Galaxy on Friday night (TV info below) in the California Clasico (their name, not mine). In case you missed it, the Earthquakes had quite the results last week. The Quakes have won three in a row including a 5-0 win at Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday followed up by a 2-0 win at DC United on Saturday completing the rare double away week six point sweep. The Galaxy have four wins in a row and 24 points from their last 10 played making them the hottest team in MLS.
- Ten games are being played this weekend, no byes. 10 intraconference games for the first time in MLS history in one weekend. What a novel concept, we should try that more often. The section below is be packed with Western Conference matchups, let's take a quick peek to the East. Columbus Crew SC and the New York Red Bulls look to be battling it out for the 2nd seed and that crucial bye in the first round of the playoffs. Columbus is at New York City FC (Saturday, MLS Live, 1:00 PM) while the Red Bulls host DC United on national TV Sunday.
From a Sounders Point of View:
You might want to skip this part. It's going to a dark place. But first, let's keep the weekly trend rolling: Three Points! We NEED three points this weekend in front of a massive crowd at Century Link.
The Earthquakes are tied with the Seattle Sounders on 35 points, the Sounders are above San Jose and the red line because of the first tiebreakers: Total Wins. But the Quakes have a game in hand. The Quakes play the Galaxy on Friday night. Let's just move on.
Depending on whether you are looking up or looking behind, you might have different opinions on who to root for in the three remaining Western Conference affairs. I'm going to be cheering for the Vancouver Whitecaps over Houston Dynamo, Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas to draw and the Colorado Rapids to beat Sporting KC.
National TV Listings:
San Jose Earthquakes v LA Galaxy
Friday, 8:00 PM
Streaming: Univision Deportes
New York Red Bulls v DC United
Sunday, 4:00 PM
TV: Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
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