Three Big Storylines:
- New York City FC host Toronto FC in the rare Wednesday National TV game. All six designated players should be available and seeing Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Andrea Pirlo, David Villa and Frank Lampard on the same field will be something that MLS HQ has been pining for for years. The last time these two teams played at Yankee Stadium, it ended with a crazy 4-4 scoreline including a Giovinco missed penalty that he quickly made everyone forget with three goals in nine minutes.
- The New England Revolution host the New York Red Bulls (4:30 PM, MLS Live) with the winner taking the top spot in the Eastern Conference and likely having a great shot at the Supporters' Shield. New England have won five matches in a row while NYRB have a 7-1-1 record over their last nine matches. Lee Nguyen versus Sacha Kljestan in the attacking midfield spots will be a referendum for a multitude of "Are you ever watch Jurgen Klinsmann?" jokes on twitter.
- The Vancouver Whitecaps host CD Olimpia in a Group F (the Seattle Sounders group) clash that will go a long way to determining who advances to next Spring's knockout stage. The game is on Sportsnet One in Canada but no US television coverage (update thanks to the comments: there is a stream on Fox Soccer 2 Go). A Vancouver win would mean the Sounders control their own destiny and a win in next wednesday's home match against Vancouver would see them advance. With a draw, it gets complicated as Vancouver still has to travel to Honduras to play Olimpia on Thursday October 22nd.
From a Sounders Point of View:
In the only game not covered above, we are all Montreal Impact fans. The Impact travel to Avaya Stadium to take on the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 PM on MLS Live. San Jose has one game in hand over the Sounders and are three points behind, although the Sounders own the first tie-breaker. The Impact did the Sounders a favor on Saturday with a 0-0 draw versus the LA Galaxy in Carson. I would take another draw here, but am looking for Didier Drogba to pull some magic in Silicon Valley.
National TV Listings:
New York City FC v Toronto FC
Wednesday, 4:30 PM
Streaming: Watch ESPN
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